Civil War Experiences: A Field Trip to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

A man dressed as a Confederate soldier talks to students in front of a statue
Field trips are a great way for students to reinforce their classroom learning about the Civil War

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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park preserves the landscapes in around Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Union and Confederate Armies clashed during the summer and fall of 1863 during the American Civil War. The vast majority of students who visit Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park do so in support of their curriculum related to the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Curriculum Standards

A Civil War Experiences field trip to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military will reinforce the following topics with your students:

- The Causes of the Civil War, including the role of slavery and states' rights in the secession crisis.
- How and why armies fought over the city of Chattanooga
- The consequences of the Civil War, including the Reconstruction amendments.

Rangers will tailor the specific topics covered based on the grade level and state standards for your individual class.

Field Trip Locations

Civil War Experiences can be a ranger guided field trip conducted at Chickamauga Battlefield, Point Park at Lookout Mountain, Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, Orchard Knob Reservation, or Sherman Reservation on Missionary Ridge

Scheduling a Field Trip

To schedule a field trip, please fill out the field trip request form. A park ranger will follow up with you to confirm your reservation and finalize your field trip. Please note that you are not scheduled until you receive this confirmation, which can take a few days.

There are no fees for field trips to Chickamauga Battlefield, Missionary Ridge, Moccasin Bend, or Orchard Knob. If you are going to Point Park on Lookout Mountain, you will need to submit a fee waiver, along with your field trip request form. If you do not submit the fee waiver, admission to Point Park is $10 per person, ages 16 and over (ages 15 and under are free).

Things to Do During Your Field Trip

In addition to a ranger-guided program on the Civil War in the Chattanooga area, there are other things for you to do as well.

If you are visiting Chickamauga Battlefield, most school groups chose to watch the orientation film, and go through the museum exhibits, and many go out into the park on their own to explore independently or visit one of the park's picnic areas. If you are watching the video, touring the museum, and utilizing a picnic area in addition to your program, you should plan on spending around three hours at Chickamauga Battlefield.

If you are visiting Point Park at Lookout Mountain, there is a small museum exhibit at the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center, although there is no park film. Please note that if you are planning on utilizing the Incline Railroad or visiting the "Battles for Chattanooga," that these are privately run businesses who are not connected to the park. You will need to visit their websites to coordinate any visits with them independently.

If your field trip will be taking place at Moccasin Bend, Orchard Knob, or Missionary Ridge, please note that there are no visitor centers or restrooms at these locations.

Field Trip Reservations

Fill out the Field Trip Reservation Form to secure a ranger-guided field trip for your class. If you are visiting Point Park, you will also need to fill out the Fee Waiver Application.

Reserve a Field Trip

Fee Waiver Application

If you are visiting Point Park on a field trip, you will need to fill out the Fee Waiver Application in addition to your field trip reservation. You will also need to provide a letter of intent on institution letterhead. This letter serves as proof that the applicant either: qualifies for an educational or scientific tax exemption from a national, state, or local authority; is a bona fide academic institution offering transferable academic credit for the course; or is accredited or recognized as a legitimate educational institution. Furthermore, we require the letter of intent to determine eligibility based on the purpose and relevance of the visit: that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which the participants are earning academic credit, and the park or park resources are relevant to the curriculum for which academic credit is offered. Once we are able to verify eligibility, purpose, and relevance of the visit, your waiver will be approved.

Fill out a fee waiver application

For directions to the visitor centers at Chickamauga Battlefield and Lookout Mountain Battlefield, see the information below. If you are visitng another park area such as Moccasin Bend, Orchard Knob, or Missionary Ridge, your confirmation email will contain directions. 

If you have any questions, please contact the park's education coordinator.

Last updated: January 21, 2020

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