Lower Fox Creek School Education Day

photo of one room schoolhouse with children dressed out in historic clothing
Students attend the Lower Fox Creek One-room Schoolhouse Education Days program.

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The park staff have developed a curriculum-based education program using the Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse for children to attend 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. Upon arrival to the 1882 Lower Fox Creek School, the children line up in front of the schoolhouse to have their photograph taken. A digital copy of this photo is given to the teacher as part of the program.

Park staff work with teachers prior to the field trip to provide the children with their actual weekly spelling, math, and other lessons as appropriate. 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 Kansas state curriculum guide standards. Materials may be emailed to you. Contact e-mail us or download other lesson plans.

The program has become a popular field-trip for the area schools. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. 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. There is no charge for any program at the preserve.

It is a very active day. The children leave with a better understanding and appreciation for attending school during the 1880s on the Kansas prairie. Come Join the Fun!

Last updated: February 26, 2022

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