Discover the real George Washington!
Enhance your classroom teaching with special programs for all grade levels, providing experiences and activities to teach your students about one of our most popular founding fathers!

In addition to these special programs, student admission to Mount Vernon welcomes you through the Ford Orientation Center and includes the opportunity to tour the iconic Mansion; historic area outbuildings, including the blacksmith shop; and seasonal access to the Pioneer Farm and Distillery & Gristmill. Specifically designed for students, The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center features 23 interactive galleries and theaters, including a special-effects movie and surround-sound audio programs.

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Road to Yorktown

Program Dates: September 30, 2016
Program Times: Programs are offered at 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-6
Program Length: 2 hours
Cost: $2 per participant plus admission

Enlist in General Washington’s army as it makes its way toward Yorktown! Students form ranks and learn the skills needed to fight for liberty. Visit the regimental surgeon to learn about medicine in the 18th century. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of camp life as the daily rations are prepared over an open fire.

Program is presented in cooperation with students from Archbishop Hoban High School, Akron, Ohio.

Colonial Days at Mount Vernon

Program Dates: October 12-14, 18-21, 25-28, 2016; November 1-3, 9-10, 2016; March 14-17, 21-23, 2017
Program Times: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: K-6
Program Length: Budget at least 2 hours
Cost: Included with admission. Advance registration is required.

Experience plantation life at the Pioneer Farm where students encounter costumed interpreters demonstrating 18th-century tasks; learn about George Washington’s innovative farming practices; visit the reconstructed Slave Cabin; play colonial games; and see farm animals.

Also!

• Tour the Mansion at a designated time.
• Meet people from Washington’s word around the historic area.
• Participate in a special ceremony at the Washington Tomb.

Program Enhancement:

George Washington Comic Books are available for $3.50 each. Visit mountvernon.org/fieldtrips for more information.

BUS REBATE!

In addition to the Ford Motor Company admission discount for schools attending these special student programs, qualified Title One schools, in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, registered for the Colonial Days or Road to Yorktown program, are also eligible for a $50 bus rebate! More information is available during the registration process.

Legends and Legacies: The Real George Washington

Program Dates: November 14, 2016 – February 28, 2017, weekdays only
Program Times: Programs may be begin as early as 9:30 a.m., but the size of your group will determine actual start time.

Recommended Grade Levels: 3-8
Program Length: 90 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission

Go beyond the myths of cherry trees and wooden teeth to explore George Washington’s exceptional character and accomplishments. Visit the Mansion, Slave Quarters, the Washington Tomb, and discover more about Washington’s character as a political and military leader, visionary farmer, family man, architect and designer, and plantation owner.

History Meets Hollywood at Mount Vernon

Program Dates: November 14, 2016 – February 28, 2017
Program Times: Offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-8
Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission*

Go behind-the-scenes to visit various locations on the estate where the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets was filmed. Students discover how Hollywood meets history as they discuss the making of the film, George Washington’s life, and the story of our very own national treasure, Mount Vernon.

 *This tour is available at other times of the year for an additional charge.

Telling Their Stories: Mount Vernon's Enslaved People

Program Dates: November 14, 2016 – February 28, 2017
Program Times: Offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: 5-12
Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission*

Learn how the work of enslaved individuals, such as William Lee, Caroline Branham, and Christopher Sheels, made Mount Vernon a successful 18th-century plantation. Discuss the daily lives of the enslaved men, women, and children, as well as the hardships they endured, and how Washington’s view of slavery evolved during his lifetime.

*This tour is available at other times of the year for an additional charge.

Washington's Lessons in Leadership

Program Dates: November 14, 2016 – February 28, 2017
Program Times: Offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: 5-12
Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission*

Discover how George Washington grew from an ambitious young man to a celebrated leader whose contributions still impact the world today, and how character, integrity, and multi-faceted leadership skills remain relevant for achieving success.

*This tour is available at other times of the year for an additional charge.

Through My Eyes: Character Tours for Students

Program Dates: November 14, 2016 – February 28, 2017, weekdays only
Program Times: Offered at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-8
Program Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission*

Follow people from Washington’s world as they go about their daily activities, and immerse yourself in the 18th century, as you learn about life on Washington’s plantation from those who lived and worked here.

*This tour is available at other times of the year for an additional charge.

Revolutionary! STEM in Washington's World

Program Dates: November 14, 2016 – February 28, 2017
Program Times: Offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: 3-6
Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $3 per participant plus admission*

Explore Mount Vernon by engaging in a variety of STEM activities. Characters from Washington's world discuss the greenhouse and advances in farming. Students also find objects associated with 18th-century technology and learn about architecture and surveying.

*This tour is available at other times of the year for an additional charge.

Seed to Table

Program Dates: April 18 - June 16, 2017, weekdays only
Program Times: Programs may be begin as early as 9:30 a.m., but the size of your group will determine actual start time.

Recommended Grade Levels: K-2
Program Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission

Discover George Washington’s skill as a master farmer at the Pioneer Farm, through storytelling, hands-on activities, and inquiry-based discussion. Learn what crops Washington grew and why; meet an animal (such as a horse, mule, sheep, or ox); and learn how simple tools were used to improve farming practices.

Farmer Washington: A Man of Innovation

Program Dates: April 18 – June 16, 2017, weekdays only
Program Times: Programs may be begin as early as 9:30 a.m., but the size of your group will determine actual start time.

Recommended Grade Levels: 3-8
Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission

Learn about George Washington’s innovative farming practices through hands-on activities at the Pioneer Farm, and how Washington was a creative, experimental, and forward-thinking agriculturalist.

George Washington's Gristmill

Program Dates: April 1 – October 31, annually
Program Times: Site opens at 10 a.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: K-6, optional tours of the distillery for older students are available upon request.
Program Length: 45 minutes
Cost: Included with admission. Advance registration is required.

Experience STEM curriculum in action! Explore how wheels, gears, and levers were used to produce cornmeal and flour at Washington’s water-powered Gristmill. Learn about the science of fermentation and distillation and how grain was made into whiskey at Mount Vernon’s Distillery.

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