Classroom Programs

Skip the Trip - Rangers in Classrooms

Can't make it to the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park with your class? Looking for a pre-park visit activity? Consider piloting one of our three in-class programs listed below!
Society for Establishing Usefull Manufactures iron fence marker
"Society for Establishing Usefull Manufactures"

NPS VIP ©Daniel C. Krebs

Wear It, Ride It, Fly It: Industry in Paterson

This history program outlines the role of Paterson, NJ in the U.S. Industrial Revolution. Students will learn how the vision of Alexander Hamilton led to the establishment of the country's first planned city of industry, about the struggles and successes of Paterson mll workers, and about the highlights of the textile, locomotive, and airplane engine industries. This program will include a "grab-bag" activity, wherein students will work in groups to determine how mystery items in their bags were used in Paterson's factories.
Availability: Aligned to 4th-8th grade curriculum, elementary and high school adapations may be available upon request
The Passaic River water falling over a small ledge creating a waterfall
Waters of the Passaic River

NPS VIP ©Terry McKenna

Testing the Waters

This environmental science program invites students to examine the health of the river that feeds the Great Falls. The presentation briefly discusses the industrial history of Paterson, the role that natural resources played in the creation of the city, and the hardships pollution created as a result of manufacturing. Students will work in groups to test several water samples from the Passaic River, and discuss their results.
Availability: Aligned to 4th-8th grade curriculum, elementary and high school adapations may be available upon request
4th grader holding up an EKIP Pass
4th grader holding up an EKIP Pass

NPS VIP Tim McKenna

Every Kid in a Park (EKIP)

This 4th grade program highlights the special roles played by the National Park Service in preserving our shared natural, cultural, and historical heritage. Students will learn about their backyard National Park, the Paterson Great Falls, and how the park theme ties into the larger story of the U.S. Industrial Revolution. At the end of the program, teachers will be shown how to print the Park Passes for each of their students. These passes will alow them and their families free access to all federal parks, lands, and waters through August 31st, 2018.
Availability: This program is for 4th grade only.

Additional Teaching Tools

Interested in finding out what other educational opportunities Paterson Great Falls has to offer? Visit our Education Page to learn about setting up a tour in the park, other National Parks in the area with education programs, and supplemental lesson plans for your classrooms!

Last updated: July 1, 2018

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