Parks as Classrooms

Students participate in Pickett's Charge.
Students participate in Pickett's Charge.

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"Best Field Trip Ever!" Planning Kit
Just getting started with your field trip planning? Be sure to check out the "Best Field Trip Ever!" planning kit pdf to learn about all of your options. This pdf has sections for the planning teacher, the chaperones, and the students.

Ranger Field Programs at Gettysburg

A field trip to Gettysburg is the perfect way to help teach the history and stories of the Civil War. Build upon these unique opportunities for experiential learning all year long. We have two seasons of Ranger-led education programs. Schedule your Ranger Field Programs at Gettysburg today.

On-line applications will be available soon for FALL 2017 dates.

FALL 2017: October 3 - November 10
SPRING 2018 - dates TBD

Battlefield Footsteps
Walk in the path of these regiments to learn about courage, determination,
leadership, citizenship and more!
Citizenship: Untold Stories from the Battle of Gettysburg
Visit the homes of a widow who surrendered her home for the commanding general, an African-American farmer facing the approaching Confederate army, and an immigrant whose husband was off fighting for their new country. What did the battle, and the war, mean to these civilians and the rest of their lives?
Grades: 4-12 Class Size: 10-35 Length: 1.5-2 hours

Courage & the 9th Massachusetts Battery, July 2
Practice the loading and firing procedure, and then follow in the path and harried activity of this as yet untested artillery unit.
Grades: 4-12 Class Size: 15-45 Length: 1.5 hours

Determination & the 15th Alabama Infantry, July 2
Climb Big Round Top and attack Little Round Top after a forced march, and without any water… and then explore how your students can apply these lessons of determination.
Grades: 4-12 Class Size: 15-45 Length: 1.5 hours

Leadership & the 6th Wisconsin Infantry, July 1
"Align on the Colors" with Lt. Colonel Rufus Dawes as you rush toward an unfinished railroad cut filled with firing Confederate soldiers. Will the cut serve as cover, or will it become a trap?
Grades: 4-12 Class Size: 15-45 Length: 1.5 hours

Teamwork & Pickett's Division, July 3
Walk in formation across the field of Pickett's Charge, about one mile, role-playing individual soldiers. Group unity and participation are stressed.
Grades: 4-12 Class Size: 15-45 Length: 1.5-2 hours
Civil War Perspectives
Ask about museum lesson plans that compliment these program perspectives!

Caring for the Wounded: A Civil War Hospital
Follow the path of a soldier from campaign to battle, to first aid, to transport, to field hospital, and finally to recovery. Set up a field hospital and role play Civil War first aid and triage.
Grades: 5-12 Class Size: 10-35 Length: 2 hours

Fallen Soldiers: The National Cemetery and Gettysburg Address
Students work in small groups simulating the process of soldier identification following the battle, read letters of the soldiers, graveside, and apply them to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - a unique and emotional primary source experience.
Grades: 7-12 Class Size: 10-35 Length: 2 hours

Join the Army: Life of a Civil War Soldier
Participate in activities and discussions that present the training, equipment, life and feelings of the volunteer soldiers, including the medical exam, Oath of Allegiance, marching drill, and captain's speech before first battle!
Grades: 2-6 Class Size:10-35 Length: 2 hours

Monuments & Memory: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening Skills
Explore Gettysburg's outdoor sculpture, the monuments, in small groups along Cemetery Ridge. Decode the monuments, with the assistance of the park ranger, as primary sources, and report out to the rest of the class about the unit or state it represents.
Grades: 2-12 Class Size: 10-35 Length: 1.5-2 hours

Slyder Family Farm: Before, During, and After the Battle
Hike down a trail to the John Slyder farm, and rotate through farming chore stations. Then roleplay the Slyder family and the soldiers they came into conflict with on July 2, 1863.
Grades: 4-8 Class Size: 15-30 Length: 2 hours

Homeschool Days
Dates for the 2018 Homeschool Days will be announced later this summer along with the on-line application.

Preparation lesson plans for all of our curriculum-based ranger field trip programs, as well as the Teacher's Guide for the "Life of a Civil War Soldier" Traveling Trunk program are all here!


Fallen Soldiers - formerly called "Unfinished Work"

Slyder Family Farm - formerly called "Impact of War"

Monuments and Memory (coming soon)

Citizenship Stories (coming soon)

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1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325


(717) 334-1124

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