Summer Field Trip

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is offering a field trip opportunity for students enrolled in summer-long camps.  A core focus of the field trip will be providing instruction in history and civic engagement- two key components to our mission. As an institution of learning, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (WWPL) is committed and uniquely qualified to help young people develop 21st century skills such as accessing information, problem solving, and cultural awareness.

The WWPL believes that summer is an ideal time for students to explore new activities that peak their interest. We believe that by hosting these field trip opportunities, we are ensuring that young students develop into engaged and educated community members.

If you would like to sponsor this summer program or volunteer during one of the sessions, please contact Heather Sutton - Education Coordinator, (540) 885-0897 ext. 122.

The field trips will last approximately two hours and cover four sections:
The History Detective: Children will use all their senses to explore the museum and participate in a scavenger hunt that will keep them on the move.  Children will go on a Museum highlights tour to experience the kind of work that historians do; from examining an artifact and discovering its secrets to analyzing the artifact for clues about the past. In the end, you will have to decide - is learning about the past important after all?

Our Stars and Stripes:  In 1916, Woodrow Wilson, the president of the United States issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day.  Students will learn about the American Flag, including its history, what the symbols represent, and the proper way to display it.  Students will then create pocket flags that will be sent to American military troops.

History, Music and Art:  Did you know that President Wilson’s wife Ellen was a well-known impressionist painter?  Let’s explore some of her paintings and then create your own. Listen to 1917 Jazz music while creating your masterpiece.

Spies, Lies and Disguise: Spying and using secret codes has been used for centuries.  Did you know that the United States went to War after a telegram called the Zimmerman Telegram was decoded?  Learn simple code breaking skills and challenge your friends with your new ability to create and break top-secret documents!