Monday, August 19, 2013

Here's Part 2 of our Field Trip Recommendations blog featuring St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler and Volusia Counties. Check our Part 1 featuring Nassau, Duval and Clay here!

St. Johns County
St. Augustine Lighthouse
The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum teaches visitors about maritime history and archaeology including lighthouses, shipwrecks and more. The programs are $5.50 to $11 per student, depending on program, $8.75 per adult and free for teachers and bus drivers.

Castillo de San Marcos
The Castillo de San Marcos teaches visitors about the Spanish colonization of Florida. This National Park Service Park does not offer guided programs but does have free online curriculum to use before, during and after your trip. They also have regularly scheduled cannon firings complete with Spanish
soldiers. Admission is free for kids under 15 and $7 per adult.

Fort Matanzas
Fort Matanzas teaches visitors about the history of the Spanish, French and British political relationships throughout colonial Florida. This National Park Service Park offers short, regularly programmed ranger programs while you take a boat ride across the bay to the fort. Admission is free.

Fort Mose
Fort Mose teaches visitors about the first free African settlement in what is now the United States, founded in 1738, and all of the cultures that influenced it including Spanish, African and Native American traditions. The State Park has outdoor displays and an indoor museum and offers guided tours by request. Admission is $2 per person and free for children under 5.

Colonial Quarter
The Colonial Quarter teaches visitors about colonial life in Florida during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries including a look at how archaeologists study the past. The living history museum offers guided tours that features interactive activities. Admission is $6 per child and $10 per adult, with a complimentary chaperon admission for every 10 children.

Fountain of Youth
The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park teaches visitors about the first Spanish in Florida and their interactions with the Timucuan peoples as well as how archaeologists have uncovered their stories. Living history reinactors will guide groups through the various exhibits and displays. Admission is $6-7, depending on the age of students, with 2 free teacher admissions per 30 students and $12 per adult.

Old Florida Museum
The Old Florida Museum teaches visitors about Florida history from Native Americans through the pioneer era in the 19th century. The museum offers specific hands on programs about Timucua Indians, Spanish Colonial life, Florida Cracker Pioneers, Archaeological Digs and Black History. School groups can do any combination of programs they choose. Admission is $5.50 per person, per program.

Putnam County
Putnam County Historical Society Museum and Bronson-Mulholland House
The Putnam County Historical Society offers tours of the Museum and the Bronson-Mulhollad House to school groups. The museum teaches about history in Putnam County and the House features life in the 19th century. Tours are free. Call to set up a date: 386-385-3975.

Flagler County
Florida Agricultual Museum
The Florida Agricultural Museum teaches visitors about the Florida’s agricultural history, focusing on 19th century homesteads and Florida Crackers. The museum offers guided tours that include touring an 1890s farmhouse, hands on farming activities and meeting farm animals. Admission is $8 per person. 

Volusia County
Pioneer Settlement
Pioneer Settlement teaches visitors about the life of pioneers in Florida during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The living history museum offers hands on, guided educational programs focusing on pioneers, Seminole Indians, Timucuan Indians and general Florida history. Admission is $5 per person.

DeBary Hall
DeBary Hall teaches visitors about life in the 19th century along the St. Johns River. The living history museum offers free lesson plans online that can culminate in a trip to the museum. Topics include art and architecture, ecology, health and leisure, innovation and local history. Admission is $3 per student and $5 per chaperone.

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