Women’s Rights National Historical Park is excited to be part of your school's continuing effort toward excellence. The National Park Service has a strong tradition of education and we are proud to promote parks as classrooms. To assist all educators with their curricula, Women’s Rights National Historical Park has a FREE field trip program in place for educational groups.
What to Know Before You Come
Women’s Rights National Historical Park offers FREE FIELD TRIPS for all grades/ages. Please allow the park at least three weeks advanced notice to arrange for your requested date(s) and time(s), and please note that we DO NOT schedule walking tours between November and March. Group scheduling is completed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Please read the following information on current available programs. If you have specific curricular needs we are usually able to fine-tune programs to suit your needs to better facilitate a quality learning experience for your students.
Specific Education Programs
REVOLUTION! is focused on revolutionary words and speeches that incite people to rise and join!
All Rights Reserved connects the Women’s Rights Movement with the Anti-Slavery movement and asks the question What rights do we believe in as a nation? How did this come to be? Has it always been this way?
Reforming the Erie Canal a lesson focused on how the building, completion and desertion of many Erie Canal towns set the stage for reform.
Visiting Women’s Rights National Historical Park
Guided Walking Tours: Seneca Falls History is explored from different perspectives on a walking tour from the Visitor Center, through the Historic District, to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House. Please note: a tour is typically one hour in length and it is one mile to the Stanton House from the Visitor Center. If you choose this tour, you may decide to have your bus pick-up at the Stanton House at 32 Washington Street.
Junior Ranger: Geared towards elementary and middle school students, this downloadable booklet consists of activities that teach about civil rights and human rights. Come to Women’s Rights National Historical Park with students and share in a group Jr. Ranger Badge ceremony.
Touring Women’s Rights Sites
Groups are welcome to independently tour the Visitor Center, historic homes or the Wesleyan Chapel--the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848.
- Film: Dreams of Equality (Park Introductory Film, 25 minutes)
- Women's Rights National Historical Park Visitor Center allows your group to explore exhibits and learn independently about issues pertaining to women and the history of women’s rights, and learn about the important initiators of the First Women’s Rights Convention through the First Wave Statue exhibit.
- Younger students can participate in our Scavenger Hunt while exploring the Visitor Center and the Wesleyan Chapel.
The Wesleyan Chapel is the location of the First Women’s Rights Convention held on July 19th and 20th 1848. This church was a haven for antislavery activity, political rallies, and free speech events.
The original red brick Wesleyan Methodist Church was sold in 1871 and subsequently altered extensively. When the site was purchased by the National Park Service in 1985, very little original red-brick structure remained. The original red-brick is uniquely highlighted in the restoration process by adding new yellow-brick to create an enclosed structure.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton House
Elizabeth Cady Stanton called her home in Seneca Falls the "Center of the Rebellion". For fourteen years the Stanton family enjoyed the large farm house, its several out buildings, orchards, and gardens.
The M'Clintock family moved to Waterloo from Philadelphia in 1836. For 20 years the family operated a drug store; led the local Quaker Monthly Meeting; operated their home as a station on the Underground Railroad; and supported Temperance and Women’s Rights movements.
At this home, the First Women's Rights Convention was planned, and the Declaration of Sentiments was drafted. The Sentiments were later ratified at the Convention held in the Wesleyan Chapel.
There are a few locations that can accommodate a large group for eating bagged lunches. Adjacent to the visitor center is Declaration Park with outdoor seating. The large yard at the Stanton House contains picnic tables. Additionally, the Town of Seneca Falls operates Peoples Park on the north side of the canal, just across Fall Street from the Visitor Center (please contact Seneca Falls Recreation department for information on use).
Once you know what your Education Experience should consist of, please fill out our Education Group Reservation Request Form or PRINT a copy of the Education Group Reservation Request Form.
We suggest that you send in your request early and propose at least two dates. The majority of our program requests occur from April to June, and September through November; if you have those dates in mind, please let us know as soon as possible so we may accommodate your needs. We generally reserve an entire day for your group.
After completing the Education Group Reservation Request Form
Rangers will review the dates you have requested; we will contact you regarding availability and possibly with questions regarding your visit to help us facilitate a quality learning experience.
We will review the field trip plan with you, including late arrival/cancellation policies and issue you confirmation via mail, fax, or email. Please bring this letter with you when you visit.
Please contact the Education Specialist at 315-568-2991 x3004, or email@example.com with any questions, special needs for a tailored visit, or to check date availability.
Cancellations and Late Arrivals
If Women’s Rights National Historical Park has to cancel your visit due to weather or other extenuating circumstances, we will contact you as soon as possible to reschedule your visit.
Please call the park’s main number at 315-568-0024 and speak to the ranger or volunteer at the front desk if there’s a possibility that you could arrive late or suddenly need to cancel. Chances are we are able to adjust program time to accommodate late arrivals. If you have scheduled programs at other sites in Seneca Falls, please contact them as well.
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