The park staff has developed a curriculum-based education program using the Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse as a way for children to experience history by attending a one-room school during the 1880s. Children wear historic costumes, carry lunches in tin pails (lunches provided by their respective school districts), walk to and from the one-room school through the prairie, and have a day of classroom work, lunch, and recess. School begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. These times may vary according to the participating school time frame. Park staff work with each teacher prior to the field trip, to provide the children with their actual weekly spelling, math, and other lessons as appropriate. The program has become a popular field-trip for the area schools. To provide an authentic experience for the children, we ask that parents do not visit the schoolhouse area.
Several days are set aside in April each year for the program and there is no charge for this or any program at the preserve. Curriculum-based education programs have been developed for 2nd through 4th grade levels in the areas of reading, mathematics, spelling, writing, science, and history. Programs meet the state of Kansas curriculum guide standards and materials may be emailed to you. You can e-mail us or visit this link to download this and other lesson plans. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
Upon arrival to the 1882 Lower Fox Creek School, the children line up in front of the schoolhouse to have their photograph taken. As part of the program, a digital copy of this photo is given to the teacher.
It is a very active day and the children leave with a better understanding and appreciation for attending school during the 1880s on the Kansas prairie. Come Join the Fun!