Parks As Classrooms

Members of Great Falls Youth Corps talking to children about the NPS
Members of Great Falls Youth Corps talking to children about the NPS.

NPS photo - I. Goldman


School Tours At The Park

You may wish to supplement your teaching on historic places with a visit to Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park!

Groups must submit a request form at least two weeks prior to their desired tour date(s). 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. Your tour has not been scheduled until you have received correspondance from a Paterson Great Falls Ranger, and until you have responded with a confirmation of your own.

For educators interested in booking a group field trip to the falls, we schedule them Monday through Friday at 10:00AM, staff and availability permitting.To find out more information, please visit our Permits and Reservations page.


Classroom Programs

Can't make it to the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park with your class? Looking for a pre-park visit activity? We offer three different in-classroom programs. Find out how to bring a park ranger to your classroom on our Classroom Programs page.


Additional Teaching Tools

Looking for additional educational tools? The National Park Service has a strong educational mission and over 400 national park sites with themes that may align with your curriculum needs. Explore the "For Teachers" link on the National Park Service website for curriculum-based lesson plans, travelling trunks, Junior Ranger activity books, and more.

Several other parks in the area provide "travelling trunk" opportunities and curriculum materials. Visit any one of these websites to learn more:
Morristown National Historical Park
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
National Parks of New York Harbor
Governors Island


Teaching With Historic Places

The National Park Service's Teaching with Historic Places uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and a variety of other subjects. Learn more about Teaching with Historic Places in a lesson plan called Paterson, New Jersey: America's Silk City.
Ranger Ilyse with a NPS arrowhead
Ranger Ilyse with a National Park Service arrowhead, talking with a school class

George Garbeck, Graphics Coordinator (Dept. of Communications) - Paterson Public Schools

Last updated: October 11, 2018

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72 McBride Avenue Extension
Paterson, NJ 07501


(973) 523-2210

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