To gain an appreciation for our public parks and to explore subjects such as landscape design, urbanization, and conservationism, Teaching with Historic Places has posted on the web lesson plans that consider important aspects of landscape architecture. These lessons, based on sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places, are free and ready for immediate classroom use by students in history and social studies classes.
• Boston's Arnold Arboretum: A Place for Study and Recreation (56)
Discover how the first arboretum in the United States became part of the burgeoning urban park movement in the second half of the 19th century. (National Historic Landmark)
• Chicago's Columbus Park: The Prairie Idealized (81)
Learn about a famous landscape artist and his efforts to promote conservation and an appreciation for the native plant life of the United States.
• The Emerald Necklace: Boston's Green Connection (86)Learn about Frederick Law Olmsted and his philosophy about parks and cities as well as city life during the Industrial Revolution. (Includes Arnold Arboretum, a National Historic Landmark)
• Mount Auburn Cemetery: A New American Landscape (84)
Explore the country's first large-scale designed landscape open to the public that spawned the development of other rural cemeteries, public parks, and designed suburbs.
• A Nation Repays Its Debt: The National Soldiers' Home and Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio (115)Learn about the design of the Central Branch cemetery that was created as part of National Cemetery system to honor Union casualties during the Civil War. (National Historic Landmark)
• Savannah, Georgia: The Lasting Legacy of Colonial City Planning (83)Learn about James Oglethorpe and his enduring city plan from the colonial era. (National Historic Landmark)