20162017 School Programs

When: Tuesday–Friday, 10:00–11:30 a.m. and 12:30–2:00 p.m. Other times may be available upon request.

Cost: Free, but donations are welcome.

All field trips meet Arkansas Social Studies and Common Core State Standards curriculum frameworks. Optional writing assignments are available for most programs. Program activities will vary based on grade.

Classroom memberships are available for $12.50 and include:
• Interactive program brought to the classroom
• Junior Member punch card for students
• Member pricing on student camps
• 10% teacher discount in the museum store

To schedule programs or for more information, contact education manager Judy Costello; 479-750-8165.

Download a program brochure.


Available Year-Round

Native Americans of the Ozarks
Maximum of 90 students. Learn about prehistoric, Osage, and Cherokee Indians. Examine prehistoric tools and their uses. Make and take an Indian bean game. Tour the 1850s log cabin, barn, and exhibit hall. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Reading Literature; Language. Social Studies: Place, Region, and Culture; Resources and Movement; Chronology; Change Over Time; Evidence

Folk Artist Essie Ward
Maximum of 60 students. Learn about life in rural Arkansas through the eyes of self-taught artist Essie Ward. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Reading Literature (Art as Literature). Social Studies: Place, Region and Culture; Change Over Time; Evidence

Then and Now
Maximum of 90 students. Explore the changes in transportation, clothing, and education in the Ozarks. Learn about the first schools in the Ozarks, discover how people traveled, and explore the museum's exhibit hall. Let museum educators know if you would like to include our Arkansas Symbols station as part of the field trip. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening, Language. Social Studies: Place, Region, and Culture; Resources and Movement; Changing Spatial Patterns; Change Over Time; Evidence

Arkansas Symbols
Discover and experience the state symbols in this interactive program. Take a close look at hands-on examples of the symbols and be introduced to Dutch oven cooking, square dancing, and more. Available as a classroom visit or as an optional part of our Then and Now field trip.

Dinner with the Searcys
Maximum of 60 students. Visit a 1940s home to learn about the World War II home front, use ration coupons to "purchase" dinner, and enjoy activities common to 1940s children. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language; Literacy in History/Social Studies. Social Studies: Citizenship; Scarcity; Cost and Benefits; Change Over Time; Evidence

Sheep to Shawl
Maximum of 60 students. Learn how fibers like wool and cotton are processed and turned into clothing through demonstrations and hands-on activities. See seasonal programs for our annual Sheep to Shawl event. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language; Literacy in History/Social Studies. Social Studies: Scarcity; Cost and Benefits; Change Over Time.


Available Seasonally

SEPTEMBEROCTOBER
Covered Wagons and Log Cabins
Maximum of 60 students. Take a "journey" to 1830s Arkansas, learn about early Ozark homesteads, and do pioneer chores. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language. Social Studies: Place, Region, and Cultures; Production and Consumption; Resources and Movement; Change Over Time

OCTOBER 67
Sheep to Shawl
See a live sheep being sheared, wool spun into yarn, and yarn woven into cloth. Limited tour slots available. see year-round programs for curriculum ties.

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 16
Log Cabin Christmas
Maximum of 90 students. Experience a traditional pioneer Christmas. Learn which cultures brought traditions to the Ozarks and play with Ozark folk toys. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language; Reading Literature. Social Studies: Place, Region, and Culture; Change Over Time; Contextualization

JANUARY–MARCH
Civil War Home Fronts and Haversacks
Maximum of 60 students. Learn about life on teh home front through primary sources and living history. Find out what a soldier took with him to war. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening; Language; Literacy in History/Social Studies. Social Studies: Evidence; Expansion and Reform; Civil War and Reconstruction

APRIL–MAY
Mr. Cooper's Barn and the Steele General Store
Maximum of 90 students. Help with farm chores around the 1930s barn, then trade and barter for needed supplies at the General Store. Common Core ELA: Speaking and Listening. Social Studies: Economics; Place, Region, and Culture; Resources and Movement; Change Over Time; Evidence



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