Why should you take your students on a field trip to Stuhr Museum? Field trips enrich and expand the curriculum that students are learning in the classroom. A field trip to Stuhr Museum offers students unique experiences where they are immersed in history and culture. We offer two different types of field trips at Stuhr Museum – structured classes or self-guided exploration. If you are not able to visit Stuhr Museum in person, we are also able to provide another option – virtual field trips. No matter which option you choose, you’ll be providing your students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect to the past and learn how it influences our present and future.
Structured Classes are the most requested programs for schools and homeschools. Learn through structured lessons, featuring hands-on experiences to connect with history in a way students can’t get from a textbook!
Experience immersive opportunities in one of our unique classes at Stuhr Museum. Classes are available for kindergarten through 8th grade. Each class has been designed with Nebraska state education standards in mind for not just social studies, but all core areas of education.
If a Structured Class doesn’t fit into your schedule, you can still visit us on a self-guided field trip! Most schools choose to visit when Railroad Town is open (September and May) and bustling with costumed historical interpreters, however, you can visit the Leo B. Stuhr Building, and Fonner Rotunda to explore the exhibits on display there. Will you be visiting during the winter? Ask us about adding an ice skating experience at the Glaciarium!
Field trips offer the flexibility to set your own schedule and interact with exhibits and activities across the museum, but do not include any structured instruction. Outdoor picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-serve basis during September and May. If you will need a place to eat indoors, please ask to reserve that space when you book your visit, as indoor space is limited. Feel free to spend as much or as little time as you have with us!
Please note: We require 1 adult per 5 students as chaperones for field trips to ensure students act in a respectful and safe manner toward the museum grounds, artifacts, and employees.
Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance to receive field trip pricing and payment will be due on the day of your visit via cash, check, or credit card.
Virtual Field Trips can be experienced on their own from the comfort of your classroom or used as a supplement to an in-person Field Trip to Stuhr Museum.
Virtual Field Trips are powered by ThingLink, an interactive, web-based platform that allows the teacher to lead their classroom through the lesson as a whole, or they can turn over the reins and let the students explore on their own. Virtual Field Trips can be completed on any web-enabled device, such as a computer, tablet, or even a phone! Our virtual classes come backed with Microsoft Immersive Reader, which means any text portion of the lesson can be read out loud by a narrator in English or a number of other languages. The reading speed can also be adjusted to suit the comprehension level of individual students, or the text can be translated into another language for reading silently too!
This virtual field trip takes students through a real-life historical event that has come to be known as the Schoolchildren’s Blizzard. On that fateful day in 1888, the weather turned suddenly and teachers were forced to make decisions to save themselves and their students. Your students will make choices as they learn about this day, and in the end, will discover what their fate would have been based on those choices. They’ll be exposed to primary sources, such as newspaper articles written in 1888 about the teachers featured in this adventure. The program used to create this adventure make it easy for students to learn at their own speed using a variety of tools in the Google Immersive Reader toolbox, including having the text read aloud or translated to another language. Click here to read a case study about this project.
Disclaimer: This virtual program covers sensitive topics such as the death of children/young people and hypothermia-induced conditions. We are aware that these topics could be triggering or inappropriate for students who may have had prior traumatic experiences. Thus, we ask that you think of your students and assess if this program is appropriate for your class based on your students’ individual needs.
To purchase a Virtual Field Trip experience for your classroom or for more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (308) 385-5316.