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Education Bookings

Educational Programs at the Conococheague Institute

With so many students wanting to learn about our cultural and Natural heritage, we are pleased to welcome schools, home-school groups, and families to book an educational Program at the Conococheague Institute. With numerous outdoor areas, we are able to use safe environments to engage your children while still giving them space to learn.

A paid educational program lasts 2 hours, and you are welcome to enjoy lunch in any of our picnic areas.

2024 Pricing for Program bookings are:

Participants: $7

Teachers/Chaperones with large groups: Free

Education bookings faq

While we are able to offer programming to a range of sizes, a minimum of 10 is preferred. Our booking sizes can be as high as 150 students, but larger groups require advanced notice to allow for staff coverage and additional presenters to be scheduled.

AC Preserving America Grant

Since 2022, the Americana Corner Preserving America Grant has supported large educational bookings and outreach by providing discounts for large groups. Visit Americana Corner to learn more about the program and great at home resources on Early American history!

Booking for more then 100 participants? Contact us for more details on how this program promoting love of country can benefit your group.

We are currently offering a selection of program themes adaptable to all curriculum levels. They include:

Colonial Life on the Frontier - Discover the simple day-to-day skills people used throughout early American History, from Firestarting, Water Drawing, Gardening, and Cooking. Learn what our Ancestors wore, and how they lived. Our Frontier Cabin makes the perfect stage for this immersive program.

18th Century Medicine and Surgery - Learn about Colonial Physicians, where medicine came from, and the Surgical tools they used. A great blend of Science, History, Grossness, and Entertainment!

Fit and Fun: Early American Games - Join in on the fun by trying your hand at some of History's best loved games, from several cultures. From simple wooden tops and yoyos, tabletop games like draughts, to large outdoor group games like Cricket and Lacrosse. Some may seem familiar, some may seem strange, but all are a lot of fun.

Nature Walks: Birds and Botany - Explore the beauty of nature and learn as a group some of the wonderful facts about the Flora and Fauna at CI. We have plants that can be used as medicine, beautiful flowers that support our thriving pollinator population. Our Birds range from Wetland Herons to Bald Eagles to tiny Finches. Why do birds fly? What can a bird's beak tell you? Find out these answers and more.

From Civilian to Soldier - Enlistment in the 18th Century - This program will provide an immersive experience for the participants as they are transported back in time to the Frontier during the American Revolution. Participants will follow several of the actions undertaken during a Militia Muster at the Tavern at the time of the Revolution, including: Enlistment and Oath of Allegiance, Marching Drill, Musketry Demonstrations, Unit Tactics, Soldiers Songs and a Mock Battle.

Women's Roles in Early America - Much of history talks about the Founding Fathers. But what about the Mothers, Sisters, Aunts, Nieces, and Daughters, whose story often goes untold. In this program learn about the daily life of Women in the 18th Century, from their clothing and dress, daily chores, skills and professions, and the restrictive law of coverture which denied them equality.

Colonial Gardening - Get dirty with a hands-on learning program all about the 18th century Kitchen garden. Though many of the practices used in the garden at CI date to over 200 years ago and beyond, the practices are just as relevant for the modern organic hobby gardener. This program teaches visitors how to manage their garden through an 18th century lens. Building garden structures, turning over soil, and planting the first seeds of spring. All done in a manner familiar to the 18th Century.

Exploring the Past - Can't decide which program is best for you? Have your group experience a small selection with this 'À la carte' option. Select 2-3 programs and we'll determine how they can fit together for your group in a shortened version. Chose from the any of the above or the following (and note it when you book): Butter Making, Maternity and Motherhood, Enslaved on the Frontier, Arrowheads and Archery, Colonial Music and Entertainment, Rock Hill House Tour, Firelocks on the Frontier, Bake Oven Fun, Nature Scavenger Hunt.

For more information on these and our other educational programs please contact

Custom Programs are available at CI's discretion

If unavailable, CI will contact you for an alternative