School Programs

Grade Pre-School, 1-3, and Special Needs Classes

– Nature Tour –

Students will enjoy this fascinating hands-on animal adventure. The program includes stories and facts about some of our native mammal and reptile neighbors that inhabit the Piedmont region. This session also includes an up close look at the animals in an exhibit case as well as the park’s turtle habitat. The park’s naturalist, during her presentation (turtle), will invite students to examine and pet the animals. Before the close of the program, students will participate in a Nature Scavenger Hunt. Each student’s learning experience will be enhanced as they are challenged to use multiple senses to uncover animal facts.


Grade Level Elementary

– Preserved Animal Exhibit –

While viewing one of Maryland’s richest resources, student will have a close encounter with some of our native mammal and reptile neighbors that inhabit the Piedmont region. Each student’s learning experience will be enhanced as they are challenged to use multiple senses to uncover animal facts. This exhibit, at the teacher’s request, is often combined with the General Tour.

Storyteller: Storytellers are available on a limited basis. With advance notice, experienced re-enactors, in period costumes, are available to bring the remarkable stories of the Banneker family as well as his contemporaries alive.


Grade Level 3

– Exploring Childhood Adventures in Colonial America –

Children in the colonial era played to learn. Students in this session will experience, through activities, the life-ways of colonial youth and the cross-cultural exchange of ideas in this era. In addition, they will gain an understanding of societal norms and expectations. For historical context, they will learn about the life and times of Benjamin Banneker.


Grade Level 3-12

– Benjamin Banneker Gallery –

General Tour
Students will explore this gallery to learn more about Benjamin Banneker after viewing a brief orientation DVD or a documentary about Banneker. Several original artifacts and documents belonging to the Bannekers are displayed in this room. Afterward, students will tour a furnished colonial cabin. A storyteller (for an additional fee) is often included in this experience. This component is optional.


Grade Levels 4-8

– Life in Colonial Maryland –

During this two-hour program experience, students will become history detectives as they probe artifacts, the Banneker gallery, a colonial cabin, and the statements of a re-enactor to uncover Maryland’s colonial past. After exploring these primary and secondary sources centered on the life of Banneker, students will be asked to synthesize their findings and to reflect on their learning experience. As a take-away, students will record their findings in a History Detective Booklet, which will allow for further classroom discussions and serve as guide for citing various historical data.


Grade Levels 5-9

– Defining Democracy in the New Republic: Banneker and His Contemporaries –

Following a documentary and a tour of the Banneker Gallery and farmstead, students will be engaged in a captivating workshop. Using early American primary sources, they will explore protest literature-namely Benjamin Banneker’s letter to Thomas Jefferson as well as other African American writings in the 1700s. These writings will be studied in view of the founding principles of American government and responsible citizenship.