Last updated: July 6, 2017
Manassas National Battlefield Park offers guided education programs for students to learn about the American Civil War, particularly the First and Second Battles of Manassas which took place on lands now preserved within this national park. The park also offers environmental education field programs. Below is a list of the field trips offered at the park:
Baptism of Fire: Soldiers and Civilians at the First Battle of Manassas
This curriculum-based program is designed for 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. This ranger-conducted program focuses on the human experience during the First Battle of Manassas. "Baptism of Fire" is offered Monday through Friday by advance reservation only. The program includes pre- and post-visit activities for use in the classroom, an age-appropriate guided tour of Henry Hill and a visit to the park museum and/or a viewing of the 45 minute film in the Henry Hill Visitor Center. Programs are limited to 100 students. Budget two or three hours of time for this experience.
First Manassas Tour
This is a ranger-guided walking tour designed for school groups of any age or from any other state. This 45-minute tour covers events and historical themes associated with the First Battle of Manassas. Groups are limited to 50 students. Tours are offered weekdays by advance reservation only.
To Make Reservations:
The park requests that all large group tours notify us before coming to visit. We receive lots of requests from school groups and bus tours to visit the park, particularly in the spring. We want you to have a pleasant and enjoyable experience without having to compete with other large groups, so scheduling is the key.
Please contact the park's Education Office:
Phone: (703) 361-1339 x1205
Email: email us
Guided tours and educations programs require advance reservations. Please contact the park at least one month before your planned visit to reserve a date and time. Tour slots are limited and fill up quickly.
When reserving a program, please provide the following information:
- School name
- contact person
- mailing address
- telephone number
- email (if available)
- type of program requested
- grade level
- number of students
- number of adults/chaperones
- any special needs/requirements.
All guided tours require a 1:10 adult to student ratio.
Bridging the Watershed 4th Grade & 6th-12th
The Bridging the Watershed (BTW) program is a field trip conducted at the battlefield by a park partner, The Alice Fergusion Foundation (AFF). The mission of this field trip is to provide meaningful watershed educational experiences to local students. The program includes pre-visit activities, a field experience, and post-visit activities.
To schedule your BTW field trip please visit the AFF website.
Self Guided Tours