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School Field Trips

Onsite Field Trips to the History Center

We offer a variety of themed options for field trips to best fit your curriculum needs. Each field trip option allows for self-exploration of the museum, with the addition of supplemental materials to enhance the experience. Upon arrival at the History Center, you will be greeted by a member of our Education Department, who will provide you with a schedule and packet for your tour. Lunches can be stored and taken outside at the conclusion of your tour. 

Safety Is Our Priority

This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our field-trip offerings have been modified in order to implement health-and-safety procedures that will help assure a safe and enjoyable visit. Our exhibits and interactive elements are thoroughly cleaned each day, and signage throughout the museum promotes physical distancing and other CDC protective measures. All students, chaperones, and teachers, as well as History Center staff, are required to wear masks/face coverings for the duration of the field trip.  

Onsite field trips include:
• 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. schedule, with exhibit-rotation schedules provided to each teacher
• Teacher guides for each exhibit based on selected tour theme
• Standard-based scavenger hunt for students based on selected tour theme
• Take-home activity for each student based on selected tour theme
• Standard-based lesson plans and courtroom mock trial script emailed to teacher

Available field-trip themes:
• Highlights of the Museum (all grade levels) – A comprehensive overview of 12,000 years of Florida history, spanning a variety of content areas
• The Indigenous Shell People (grades 2 and up) – A look at the lifeways of Florida’s indigenous people, with a focus on the Timucua and the Seminoles
• Breaking Barriers (grades 2 and up) – An exploration of Black history in Florida, through the stories of those who broke through barriers and inspired change 

Cost for Field Trips: $6 per student. One free chaperone per class. $8 per additional chaperone. Educators are free. 

Limit of two chaperones in addition to the teacher for each class. To better assure safety guidelines and social distancing practices, only one school may book per day with a maximum of four classes per day. 

Grant funding is available for eligible Orange County public schools on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Virtual Field Trip Experiences

A silhouetted tree against a blue background is behind the text of the name of the exhibit

Ocoee Election Day Massacre (grades 6-12)

Recently, Florida House Bill (HB) 1213 went into effect, requiring that the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Massacre be included in instruction in African American history and historical events. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Ocoee Massacre, which remains the largest incident of voting-day violence in United States history. 

The Orange County Regional History Center’s newest special exhibition, Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920, will take a close look at this historical event and its lasting repercussions. The landmark exhibition will explore not only this horrific time in our community’s past but also historical and recent incidents of racism, hatred, and terror, some right here at home.

The content will encourage reflection on a century of social transformation, the power of perspective, and the importance of exercising the right to vote, and will ask what lessons history can inspire for moving forward.

In light of school-district guidelines and precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that it may not be possible for you and your students to experience this exhibition in person. To ensure that as many students as possible have an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of this historical event, we are offering a virtual-tour experience of the exhibition.

The virtual field trip includes:
• Pre-recorded tour of Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920, led by History Center collections staff
• Live Q&A discussion after the tour, led by History Center education staff
• Accompanying lesson plan that aligns with Florida State Standards
• Optional exhibition walkthrough and discussion with teachers interested in viewing the content before their students, in person or virtually 

We recommend scheduling the virtual program over two days: one class session for the virtual tour, and one class session for the live discussion. The live discussion can be facilitated through your school’s virtual platform and can be experienced by multiple classes simultaneously depending on your scheduling needs.

Cost for the virtual field trip of Yesterday, This Was Home is $75 per class. 

Grant funding is available for eligible Orange County public schools on a first-come, first-served basis. 

How to Book Your Field Trip

Registration for field trips is available online. Click the link below to complete the registration form.

A $50 deposit is required to reserve a date for field trips (cash, check, or credit card). Deposits are refundable with notice of cancellation no less than two weeks prior to your program date. Deposits are applied to the total cost of your tour. After your tour concludes, we will collect the remainder of the payment for the number of classes in attendance. 

Grant funding is available for eligible Orange County public schools on a first-come, first-served basis. 

If you have questions about booking your field trip, call the Education Department at 407-836-8580 or email Shannon Elliston at Shannon.Elliston@ocfl.net.

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

Register

If you are unable to book online, call the Education Department at 407-836-8580 or email Shannon.Elliston@ocfl.net.

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.