Museum hours: Mon-Sat: 10a.m. - 5p.m. | Sun: noon - 5p.m.

School Field Trips

We offer a variety of field trip options to best fit your curriculum needs! We provide tours that focus on content areas like Native Americans, pioneers, and archaeology, as well as a highlight tour that cover 12,000 years of Florida history. For Kindergarten and 1st grade, we offer a guided program that includes a visit to the Orlando Public Library! For more details, download our full School Program guide here.

Guided School Tours

Little Historians – Grades K-1 (2.5 hours)

Our expanded, interdisciplinary field trip for young students enhance their understanding of social studies with engaging, age-appropriate activities, and includes:
• A one-hour guided tour of the museum with hands-on artifacts and activities
• One hour of guided activities at the Orlando Public Library including a take-home craft
• Puppet show or a costumed historic character cameo performed by a professional actor
• Picnic-style lunch in Heritage Square Park scheduled during the tour

Content Area Focus
• Then and now – pioneer life
• Florida’s native animals
• Native Americans

The Little Historians tour is available Tuesday – Friday during the school year (August 21, 2017 – May 31, 2018)

The Pioneer Hustle – Grades 1 and up (2 hours)

Students will see if they have what it takes to survive on the Florida frontier! Tour includes:
• Pioneer butter and candle making workshop (candle take-home)
• A mock trial in our original 1927 courtroom
• Hands-on artifacts, replicas, and a STEM based challenge
• Costumed historic character cameo performed by a professional actor
• Picnic-style lunch space in Heritage Square Park

Content Area Focus
Hardships of pioneer life –building a sustainable homestead, daily life and chores
• Fun on the frontier – leisure, games and toys
• Interaction with the Seminole Indians, causes and effects of the Seminole Indian Wars

The Pioneer Hustle tour is available Monday – Friday during the school year (August 21, 2017 – May 31, 2018)

The Indigenous Shell People – Grades 2 and up (2 hours)

Students will immerse themselves in the culture and lifeways of Florida’s Native People. Tour includes:
• Pinch pot pottery workshop (take-home)
• A mock trial in our original 1927 courtroom
• Hands-on artifacts, replicas, and a STEM based challenge
• Costumed historic character cameo performed by a professional actor
• Picnic-style lunch space in Heritage Square Park

Content Area Focus
Florida’s Native American tribes, lifeways, and culture – Timucua, Seminoles
• European Explorers – their motives and impact on the Native People
• Causes and effects of the Seminole Indian Wars

The Indigenous Shell People tour is available Monday – Friday during the school year (August 21, 2017 – May 31, 2018)

Raiders of the Lost Artifact – Grades 4 and up (2 hours) Beginning Spring 2018

Dig deep into Florida’s archaeological treasures and discover what artifacts can teach us about ancient civilizations. Tour includes:
• Simulated dig workshop with archaeology tools, sand, and replicas
• Visit to the archive and research library to view real Central Florida artifacts and meet a museum curator
• Mock trial in our original 1927 courtroom
• Costumed historic character cameo performed by a professional actor
• Picnic-style lunch space in Heritage Square Park

Content Area Focus
Analyzing artifacts and replicas to identify the lifeways of early Native Americans
• Understanding and examining primary sources and how historians use them to interpret history
• Social studies as an interdisciplinary subject – history, archaeology, and science

Raiders of the Lost Artifact tour is available Monday – Tuesday and Thursday – Friday during the school year (January 8, 2018 – May 31, 2018)

Highlights of the Museum – Grades K-12 (2 hours)

This tour highlights 12,000 years of Florida history, spanning several content areas. Tour includes:
• Pioneer butter making workshop*
• Mock trial in our original 1927 courtroom
• Costumed historic character cameo performed by a professional actor (puppet shows available for K-1)
• Hands-on artifacts, replicas, and activities
• Customizable tour schedule
• Picnic-style lunch space in Heritage Square Park

*hands-on workshop not available during summer months (June 1, 2018 – August 17, 2018). An alternative take-home activity will be provided.

Content Area Focus

*Overview of:
• European explorers and their interaction and impact on Native Americans
• Seminole Indian lifeways
• Pioneer life
• Citrus and cattle industry
• African American history or transportation and tourism (depending on exhibit selection)

*The Highlight tour covers a wide-range of content areas, which means we’ll introduce topics and cover a few of the basics. For more in-depth discussions and hands-on activities geared towards specific standards or themes, we recommend scheduling a focused tour – The Indigenous Shell People, The Pioneer Hustle, Raiders of the Lost Artifact, or Little Historians.

The Highlights of the Museum tour is available year round. Some activities subject to change during summer months.

Guided School Tour Cost

Cost: $7 per student (minimum of 10). One chaperone free per 10 students; $5 per additional chaperone. Teachers are free.

Field Trip Lesson Plan Downloads

• Kindergarten Field Trip Lesson Plans
• Grades 1-2 Field Trip Lesson Plans
• Grades 3-5 Field Trip Lesson Plans
• Grades 6-12 Field Trip Lesson Plans

Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours for school groups are available Monday through Friday and include a scavenger-hunt activity and a courtroom script for a teacher-facilitated mock trial. The start time can vary, as requested by the teacher. Two hours is recommended for the tour, but teachers can determine the length that meets their needs. Cost: $5 per student (minimum of 10). One chaperone free per 10 students; $4 per additional chaperone. Teachers are free.

How to Register

To register for both guided and self-guided field trips to the History Center, simply fill out the registration form here. We’ll email you a confirmation packet upon receipt of your registration.

If you are unable to book online, call the Education Department at 407-836-8580 or email Kathleen.Fiske@ocfl.net. If you have problems with the web form, you can download a pdf here and email it to Kathleen.Fiske@ocfl.net. Learn more about School Field Trips for the 2016-17 School Year here.

Orange County Public Schools are offered School Field Trip programs free of charge thanks to a grant by United Arts of Central Florida. Please click here to download an application for the chance to have your Field Trip program funded. Schools will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Only Orange County Public Schools are eligible.