School Groups

Sheep and two lambsPlanning a field trip? Ash Lawn-Highland offers engaging school programs for grades K-12 that are aligned with the Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning. Reservations are required for all school programs, which are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations must be placed at least two weeks in advance and require a minimum of 10 students. Large group rates and longer programs will apply for groups with more than 60 participants. Contact Nancy Stetz with questions or to make a reservation at education@ashlawnhighland.org or 434-293-8000.

 

Student Programs

Guided House Tour & Grounds Only (All Ages)

Time: 1-1.5 hours Includes a tour of the Monroe house geared toward students. Guided tour of the grounds includes outbuildings, dependency spaces, gardens, animals, and historic games. students $7 | teachers FREE | additional adults $12

Middle School Guided House Tour & Grounds Only

Time: 1-1.5 hours This interactive tour invites students to think about friendships, family relationships, risk-taking, conflict, and slavery by posing essential questions that focus on students’ own experiences and understanding of the world. Students are encouraged to empathize with the dilemmas of the founding era and to draw understanding that is applicable today. Includes guided house and grounds, plus historic games. students $7 | teachers FREE | additional adults $12

Farm Tour (Pre-K through 2nd grade)

Time: 2 hours Tour James Monroe’s farm with a guide. Activities include visiting with farm animals, gardens, historic games and interactive demonstrations. Tour does not go inside the Monroe house. students $5 | teachers FREE | additional adults $8

Colonel Monroe (3rd-6th grade)

Time: 2 hours Did you know James Monroe fought and was wounded in the Revolutionary War? Students will role play James Monroe’s experience using objects and primary sources. Program includes a house tour, guided grounds visit and historic games. students $9 | teachers FREE | additional adults $12

Negotiations (4th-8th grade)

Time: 2 hours Topic for the 2014-2015 school year: Indian relocation. Students will be guided through the treaty-making process from the perspective of both President James Monroe and the Chickasaw Indians. As they role-play the treaty-making process, students will learn and practice the art of negotiation. Program includes a house tour, guided grounds visit and historic games. students $9 | teachers FREE | additional adults $12

Archaeology Lab (3rd grade and up)

Time: 2 hours In this hands-on program, students learn about life at James Monroe’s Highland plantation, explore the pathways of archaeological research, and interpret real artifacts. Facilitated program held indoors also includes a house tour, guided grounds visit and historic games. students $9 | teachers FREE | additional adults $12

Historic Crafts

Time: 30 minutes Crafts can be requested separately for groups of 10 or more OR added to a school group visit itinerary. Candle, lantern, or clay ornament making |  $6 per student