Education Programs in Your School

Park rangers in front of a 4th grade classroom with kids eagerly raising their hands.
Fourth graders eagerly raise their hands with answers to the park rangers' questions.

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Ranger in Your Classroom

The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum are excited to announce FREE "Ranger in Your Classroom" curriculum-based programs to be delivered in the New York City area schools.

Park ranger teams will offer a series of presentations to individual classrooms. Each program runs approximately 45 minutes or one class period. Schedule these teams for a day in your school to ensure all your students within a grade get this great opportunity to interact with park rangers on the history and importance of these two national park sites! In order to schedule rangers at your school, we need a minimum of 3 classes (a half day) or up to a maximum of 5 classes (a full day) to book the same program during one school day. Reservations must be made at least a week in advance, and will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis.

Email us or call (646) 356-2180 with questions.


Program Options

Creating a Symbol (3rd- 4th Grade) - The Statue of Liberty has served as an icon to millions of people worldwide since its construction 130 years ago. Creating a Symbol helps students explore the symbolism associated with the Statue of Liberty, and allows them to discover how these representations relate to everyday life in America. This activity provides a way for younger audiences to think about the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of America's past, present, and future.

Towards a New Home (4th Grade) - As immigrants prepared to leave their home countries for the United States, many encountered the difficult decision as to what items should be packed for the journey. Departing with heavy hearts, immigrants knew that they may not see their family members again. Developed as an early lesson in the immigration unit, Towards a New Home introduces students to how immigrants might have felt moving to a new place.

Punching the Ticket (4th-5th Grade) - As immigrants finished processing at Ellis Island, communicating to others in a new non-native language became difficult. Symphonies of Italian, Russian, and a host of other languages filled the air as they made their way to a new home. Punching the Ticket explores some of the communicative challenges, and other difficulties immigrants faced as they settled in their new country. Punching the Ticket is a highly-interactive curriculum-based program designed to make the immigrant experience come alive for students in the classroom.

Last updated: November 4, 2016

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Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
Statue of Liberty National Monument

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