Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site hosts many school groups from throughout New England and beyond. We offer a series of field trips to enhance the student's experience.
Some schools have used the statues to be the focus of chemistry discussion, ie the making of bronze; those interested in performance may use the Temple area and some togas are available for use; natural science may be studied on the trails at the park; and water quality and testing may be done at the Blow-Me-Down Farm which borders the Connecticut River. Time spent sketching, enjoying the park trails, or other lessons can be added by the teachers.
Tours That We Offer
The sculpture and grounds tour focuses on the life and artwork of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his contribution to American sculpture as well as the process of creating sculpture, facilitated with an inquiry-based approach. One hour in length.
Civil War Tour
Civil War Tour, which focuses on the commemoration of the Civil War and the public monuments created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Includes monuments to Abraham Lincoln, Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument, General William T. Sherman Monument, and the Shaw Memorial to Colonel Robert Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, 1 hour.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens was acquainted first hand with the antiquities of Italy and added these memories to his sculpture as well as in the surroundings of his home, studios and gardens. Focus on the influence of Greek and Roman art and architecture on the artist, 1 hour
Guidelines For Your Trip
If you are interested in bringing your school group to the site, please read over the School Tour Information Guide for information on planning your visit and park guidelines. Call the park at (603) 675-2175 x100 to schedule a date to bring your class and to discuss what special tours may be available. We welcome "pre-visits" by teachers to make plans that will go smoothly for all.