Classroom Programs

Education Program
Every Kid Outdoors allows fourth graders and their families to visit their National Parks for free!
Photograph of the brownish black rocky chasm with a low volume of water falling through it.
The rocks of the Great Falls can be best seen when water levels are low.

Copyright Terry McKenna

Following the guidance from the CDC and local health authorities we will not be sending park staff into classrooms, but you can bring us to your class by piloting one of our virtual educational programs.Click on the following link to view our current virtual offerings. Virtual Field Trip - Digital Flyer

Additional virtual resources:
Park Website
Virtual Learning - Check back regularly for new content.
Facebook page for activities and videos
Mill Mile - Virtual Park Tour
Short Videos
Earth Cam - Live Footage of the Great Falls
National Park Service Website
Teaching With Historic Places - Paterson, New Jersey: America's Silk City

Check back here or on our Facebook page for updates.


Make a Reservation

Groups must submit a request form at least two weeks prior to their desired tour/program date(s). If a request is received with less than two weeks notice, efforts will be made to accomodate the request with no guarentees. Reservation request forms will be checked once a week, and a ranger will reach out to you with calendar availability.

Please note: Submission of the request form does not mean that you have scheduled a tour/program. Your tour/program has not been scheduled until you have received correspondence from a Paterson Great Falls Ranger, and until you have responded with a confirmation of your own. Upon receiving an offer from the park, your group will tentatively be placed on the park calendar to reserve your tour/program time. If we do not receive a confirmation from the group contact within one week, we will assume that the group cannot make the offered tour time, and remove the group from the calendar so we can make that time slot available for another group.

If you would like to make a reservation for a staff member to come to your classroom, please fill out our Reservation Request Form.

Society for Establishing Usefull Manufactures iron fence marker
"Society for Establishing Usefull Manufactures"

NPS VIP ©Daniel C. Krebs

Information for our "in-class" programs is provided below for furture planning. We are not providing park staff to visit classrooms at this time.

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!

Please note: The park can currently accommodate reservation requests for offsite presentations within 25 miles and 45 minutes driving distance of the park in addition to onsite park tours.

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 grades 4-8 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 grades 4-8 curriculum, elementary and high school adapations may be available upon request
4th grader holding up an EKIP Pass
4th grader holding up an EKO Pass

NPS VIP Tim McKenna

Every Kid Outdoors (EKO)

This fourth 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 allow them and their families free access to all federal parks, lands, and waters through August 31, when they begin their fifth grade year.
Availability: This program is for fourth grade only


Our National Parks

This presentation will include an overview of our country's national parks. We will cover what it means to be a national park, and what national park rangers do in parks by exploring the symbols of the NPS Arrowhead. Students can create their own personal arrowhead with what they care to preserve and protect. This is geared towards students in grades 3 and below.
Availalability: Suggested grade 3 and below

Last updated: February 11, 2021

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72 McBride Avenue Extension
Paterson, NJ 07501


(973) 523-0370

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