School Programs and Outreach to the Classroom

Field trips at the Concord Museum are designed to make learning memorable. Trained educators engage students of all learning styles while satisfying important curriculum standards. Historical detective work and role playing are combined with problem solving, tactile learning, and critical thinking so that students of all ages have fun and come away with a real sense of history. 

We want to work together to give you the best possible experience for your students. Our staff will work with you to tailor programs to your needs or try something new! To learn more or book your group, please contact us at (978) 369-9763, ext. 214 or

Native American /Archaeology / Early Colonial Period

Digging into the Past
2 ½ hours, Grades 3-8, 12-60 students, $8.00 per student

What happens when two very different cultures meet? Using archeology and other hands-on activities, students explore how early Colonists and Native Americans in Massachusetts cooperated and conflicted when living close together. This multi-disciplinary program includes a table-top archeological dig using real Native American stone tools, a close look at the homes and villages of Native American and colonial peoples, and handling artifacts (including 1,000 year old Native American stone tools) and replicas to think about what kinds of tools and clothing were used by each culture.

Native American Archaeological Dig
2 hours, Grades 3-8, 10-30 students, $8.00 per student

Native Americans lived in Concord for thousands of years, but how can we learn about a civilization that left no written records? This program introduces students to Native American culture through archaeology. As archaeologists for a day, students handle and discuss 4,000-year-old stone tools from the Concord area, engage in a table-top dig of authentic artifacts from the Museum’s teaching collection, and come together to share their findings and consider how we learn about cultures in the past.

Native American Lifeways I & II
Grades 2-6, $8.00 per student
NA Lifeways I: 2 ¼ hours, 12-60 students
NA Lifeways II: 2 ¾ hours, 12-75 students
For thousands of years Native Americans lived in Concord, creating hand-carved stone tools and telling oral histories. Using the landscape of Concord and the Museum’s collection of 4,000-year-old stone tools, students gain an understanding of Native American daily life in Massachusetts. In groups, students handle stone artifacts, explore the Museum, and listen to an oral history. They also grind corn and cook Nokehick, use a traditional bow drill and team up to construct and compare table-top Native American and Colonial villages.

NA Lifeways II includes traditional games 

Colonial and Revolutionary Programs

Colonial Sampler I & II
Grades 2-6, $8.00 per student
Colonial Sampler I: 2 ¼ hours, 12-60 students
Colonial Sampler II: 2 ¾ hours, 12-75 students

What was it like to work in colonial times? How did people live and what did they wear? Learn what life held for people in the colonies by exploring their work, possessions, clothing, and homes. Students are apprenticed to a master tinsmith and create pierced tin plates, examine and handle objects of everyday colonial life, and one boy and one girl model reproduction period clothing for each small group.  Led by a museum educator students also explore and discuss the Museum’s colonial and revolutionary collection, period rooms, and the famed 1775 Paul Revere lantern.
Colonial Sampler II includes colonial dance

Community and Craftsmanship

2 hours, Grades 2-5 , 12-45 students, $8.00 per student

What was it like to be an apprentice instead of spending your days at school? Students learn about life as a craftsman in a colonial town by working on pierced tin plates as apprentice whitesmiths and mapping out colonial Concord.  They examine objects of everyday colonial life, explore the work of colonial craftsmen, visit rooms filled with authentic colonial furnishings and see artifacts from the Revolution, including the 1775 Paul Revere lantern.

3 ¼ hours, Grades 5-8, 12-60 students, $9.00 per student
September – November and April – June only
Schools provide transportation for this course

During this exciting program students immerse themselves in the world of Concord families in 1775. While specifically telling the story of April 19, 1775 and the Battle of Concord, this program also gives students a sense of daily life in the Revolutionary period. Using pre-visit materials, classroom teachers assign each student a role as real Concord citizen from the Revolution.  In the course of the day the “citizens” visit the Old North Bridge, meet a living history neighbor, explore artifacts from the Revolution (including the 1775 Paul Revere lantern) and debate an important 1775 dilemma in a mock Town Meeting. 

Colonial Cooking
2 hours, Grades 3-8, 12-25 students, $8.00 per student

 In a setting evocative of a colonial home, students gather around a cozy fire to discuss how a colonial family obtained, preserved, and cooked their food. Using the tools available to a colonial housewife, they mull cider, churn butter and prepare gingerbread, applesauce, and rose wafers. As the food cooks, students sew an herbal sachet to take home. The program concludes with students tasting and discussing the results of their labor.
In 2018, this program will be offered in the spring.

Revolutionary Traveling Trunk

Have the Revolution travel to you! Borrow a trunk filled with reproduction primary source artifacts and documents that travel to your classroom to make your Revolutionary unit come alive. Along with touchable objects, the trunk includes directions to set up stations in your classroom and worksheets for students to use. This trunk allows the richness of the Concord Museum’s collection to come to your classroom as you study the events surrounding April 19, 1775. Pick up at the Museum or shipping available.
Download booking sheet
Traveling Trunk Guidelines
Traveling Trunk Teacher Manual

Nineteenth-Century and Author Program

Meet Henry Thoreau
2 hours, Grades 2-4, 12-60 students, $8.00 per student

Henry David Thoreau is recognized as a writer, poet, naturalist, teacher, and philosopher. With objects from all these facets of his life on display at the Museum, students can “meet” Thoreau through his most prized possessions. Students visit a replica of Thoreau’s house at Walden Pond, see his green desk, wooden flute, and walking stick and discover Thoreau’s very modern teaching methods and interest in archaeology.

The Life, Work, and Legacy of Henry D. Thoreau
1-1½ hours, Grades 5-12, 10-45 students, $8.00 per student

Through discussion, guided tour and activities students are challenged to explore the life, ideas and legacy of Henry David Thoreau by interacting with the objects and history at the Concord Museum.  Students look closely at the furniture from Walden Pond and discover what they can learn from the desk where Thoreau wrote Walden and Civil Disobedience. Educators pass around 1,000-year-old stone tools to demonstrate Thoreau’s teaching methods and explain how the battle of Concord during the American Revolution inspired writing by both Thoreau and his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson.  From anti-slavery work in Concord, to discussions of Emerson’s study located in the Museum, this program is tailored to meet the interests and grades of individual groups.

Outreach Programs – In the Classroom

Two Worlds Meet
1½  hours, One classroom at a time, Grades 3-8 
$150 first class, $100 each additional class

What happens when two very different cultures live in the same place? Students explore the critical first encounters between Colonists and Native Americans in Massachusetts, looking at the reasons for conflict and the ways cultures work together. Students analyze primary source documents and enjoy a Native American oral history, discussing how each culture recorded their history.  Students work in teams to construct two homestead dioramas comparing how each culture built shelters, used rivers, planted crops and used the land.  In an object comparison activity students handle artifacts (including a 1,000 year old Native American stone tool) and replicas to think about what kinds of objects, tools and clothing would have been used by each culture. 

Colonial Conversations

1 - 1½  hours, One classroom at a time, Grades 3-8
$150 first class, $100 each additional class

What was it like to work in colonial times? How did people live and what did they wear? Learn what life held for people in the colonies by exploring their work, possessions, clothing, and towns. Students begin by helping to map out the important places in a colonial town, examine and handle objects of everyday colonial life, and one boy and one girl model reproduction period clothing for each small group.  For groups interested in living history a resident from colonial concord will join the group to discuss and answer questions about life, family, and the Revolution.

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

Family Trees Visits
1-2 hours, 12-50 students, Recommended for Ages 3-9, $8.00 per student
Offered mid-November – December 31st each year

Family Trees is a month-long celebration in which the Museum’s galleries are filled with fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.  Join us to visit the trees, do our scavenger hunt, read some of the books, discuss how stories are turned into decorations, and encourage literacy!  Groups can come through for a guided visit or a program that includes a craft inspired by one of the trees.

To learn more about Family Trees, get samples of past books, and see related events click here