Discover the real George Washington!
George Washington’s Mount Vernon offers a variety of 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 our 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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Colonial Days at Mount Vernon

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-6
Program Dates: October 14-16, 20-23, 27-29, 2015; November 4-6, 10, 12-13, 2015; March 9-11, 15-18, 2016
Program Times: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Program Length: Budget at least 2 hours
Cost: FREE with paid admission, but advance registration required.

Experience plantation life at the Pioneer Farm where students encounter costumed interpreters producing 18th-century goods; 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 each.
Visit mountvernon.org/fieldtrips for more information.

Tight budget? Special funding available!

Title One schools are eligible for the Ford Motor Company Fund admission discount for this program, as well as a $50 bus rebate! More information at mountvernon.org/fieldtrips.

Seed to Table

Recommended Grade Levels: K-2
Program Length: 45 minutes
Program Dates: April 13 – June 17, 2016, 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.
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

Recommended Grade Levels: 3-8
Program Length: 60 minutes
Program Dates: April 13 – June 17, 2016, 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.
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 Distillery & Gristmill

Recommended Grade Levels: All
Program Length: 45 minutes
Program Dates: April 1 – October 31, 2016
Program Times: Site opens at 10 a.m.
Cost: FREE with paid admission, but advance registration required.

Experience hands-on STEM curriculum in action! Explore how wheels, pulleys, 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.

Legends and Legacies: The Real George Washington

Recommended Grade Levels: 3-8
Program Length: 90 minutes
Program Dates: November 16, 2015 – February 26, 2016, 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.
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

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-8
Program Length: 60 minutes
Program Dates: November 16, 2015 – February 26, 2016, weekdays only
Program Times: Offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
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.

Telling Their Stories: Mount Vernon's Enslaved People

Recommended Grade Levels: 5-12
Program Length: 60 minutes
Program Dates: November 16, 2015 – February 26, 2016, weekdays only
Program Times: Offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission

Learn how the work of enslaved individuals, such as William Lee, Caroline Brannum, 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.

Washington's Lessons in Leadership

Recommended Grade Levels: 5-12
Program Length: 60 minutes
Program Dates: November 16, 2015 – February 26, 2016, weekdays only
Program Times: Offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
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.

Through My Eyes: Character Tours for Students

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-8
Program Length: 45 minutes
Program Dates: November 16, 2015 – February 26, 2016, weekdays only
Program Times: Offered at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
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.

History Meets Hollywood at Mount Vernon
Telling Their Stories: Mount Vernon's Enslaved People
Washington's Lessons in Leadership

Participate in these tours, which are available at other times of the year for an additional charge.

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