Last updated: February 25, 2019
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. Pairs well with the Scavenger Hunt and Orientation Film.
The park offers grade-level scavenger hunts that serve as a companion to our museum space are available for school groups from 4th-12th grade. Plan on at least 30 minutes to complete this activity. Pairs well with the First Manassas Tour and Orientation Film.
Orientation Film, Manassas: End of Innocence
This 45 minute film covers both the First and Second Battles of Manassas through the eyes of those that witnessed them. Pairs well with the Scavenger Hunt and First Manassas Tour.
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.
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. Please note that, as of February 2019, we are no longer taking reservations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please visit our calendar to check our current availability.
In order to submit a reservation request, please fill out our reservation form. This form will ask you for to provide the following information:
- Contact information for two people associated with the group.
- A choice of two dates and times.
- The number, age, and grade level of participants.
- The number of chaperones.*
- The type of program that you are requesting.
- Trip goals you would like to achieve.
- Standards of learning you would like met during your visit.
- Special needs requirements.
*All guided tours require a 1:10 adult to student ratio.
If you have any questions related to your visit or reserving a field trip, please contact the park's Education Office at:
Phone: (703) 361-1339 x1205
Email: email us
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 Ferguson 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