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Educational and Scout Programs

2018 HOME SCHOOL DAYS
Tuesday, March 6, 1-3 pm
Portraits of the Past

Examining portraiture throughout the centuries, we will see how family life has changed from the 1700s to the present. 

Ages 7 and up.
Reservations and advance payment required. Space is limited. 
Fee: $7/residents; $8/non-residents

Tuesday, November 13, 1-3 pm
18th Century Architecture, 21st Century Restoration

Learn why Montpelier is considered one of the best examples of Georgian style architecture in Maryland, and the work that goes into preserving it for generations to come. 
Ages 7 and up.
Reservations and advance payment required. Space is limited. 
Fee: $7/residents; $8/non-residents



IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS, SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS AND HOME SCHOOL TOURS

We offer Maryland history based educational programs on a variety of topics, from architecture to social history, for different ages and skill levels. Our programs support the Common Core curriculum with hands-on learning, and include STEM and STEAM components, primary source research and reading comprehension exercises. 

Reservations required for all programs. 
Please contact:
Holly Burnham
301-377-7817
holly.burnham@pgparks.com

Edna Graham
301-377-7817
edna.graham@pgparks.com

Hands-On Architecture and Historic Preservation Tour
Grades K-8

Students will tour the mansion to discover design elements of 18th century architecture like symmetry, geometry, structural climate control (before modern technology), and more. They will also learn about historic preservation by doing experiments and seeing some of the techniques used to preserve Montpelier for generations to come. Activities will be appropriate for grade level. 

Program can be 1 or 2 hours long and must be done at Montpelier. 

Fees:
For Students:
1-Hour Program: $3.50/student
2-Hour Program: $7.00/student

For Adults:
Teachers: Free
Chaperones: $3 (for 1 hour or 2 hours programs)

Hands-On History Tour
Grades K-12

On these tours, students engage in several hands-on activities to learn about life in 17th and 18th century Maryland. Activities will be appropriate for grade level. 

Program can be 1 or 2 hours long and must be done at Montpelier. 

Fees:
For Students:
1-Hour Program: $3.50/student
2-Hour Program: $7.00/student

For Adults:
Teachers: Free
Chaperones: $3 (for 1 hour or 2 hours programs)

Metal Heads: The Iron Industry in Laurel, Before and After Emancipation
Grades 4-7

Learn more about the iron industry that employed generations of African-Americans in Laurel, both during slavery and after emancipation.  Students will do science experiments to learn about the properties of iron, examine primary documents to learn about the work and workers, and learn about the communities that formed around the industry. 

Program is 2 hours long. 

Fees:
Prince George’s and Montgomery Co. students: $6; All others: $7

For Adults:
Teachers: Free
Chaperones: $3

Weathering Racism: The Benjamin Banneker Almanacs
Grades 4-7

Students will learn about abolitionist and scientist Benjamin Banneker, 18th century meteorology, and atmospheric phenomena by examining primary sources, creating their own weather instruments, and recording data. 

Program is 2 hours long. 

Fees:
Prince George’s and Montgomery Co. students: $6; All others: $7

For Adults:
Teachers: Free
Chaperones: $3

2018 SCOUT & FAMILY DAYS
Saturday, March 10, 10 am-Noon
Men of the 25th United States Colored troops exhibit
Do activities related to our current exhibit.

All ages. 
Drop in.
Fee: $3.50/person

Saturday, November 17, 10 am-Noon
Beyond Needleart Exhibit

Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and families will do fiber art activities. They can also tour our current exhibit, Beyond Needleart, and visit the Artists’ Boutique. 

All ages. 
Drop in.
Fee: $3.50/person

SCOUT PROGRAMS
FEES for all Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs, except Etiquette Teas.

Brownie and Junior Programs $7
Cadette and Senior Programs  $9
Tag-along   $3  
Adults:
Chaperones—One free for every five scouts Additional chaperones—$3



Girl Scouts-All Levels

Etiquette Tea
Available to all levels. Juniors can practice social skills for the Social Butterfly badge. Includes tour, tea etiquette lessons, tea and light refreshments. 
Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 35 (including adults).
One adult per 5 children required. 

Fees for etiquette teas:
$15 per person. Reduced admission of $10 for one adult per 5 children. Additional adults will be charged $15. Siblings of scouts are charged $15. Deposit of 1/2 program fee required at time of reservation.



Girl Scouts-Brownies

Family Stories
Kick start this badge by exploring stories about families in the past, learning what it’s like to be an immigrant and learning about tools to start your own genealogical research. 

Hiker
Learn how to prepare for a successful hike, blaze a trail on Montpelier’s extensive grounds, play exploring games, identify flora and fauna, learn who walked and worked her in centuries past, and practice leaving “no trace.”

Making Games
Go on a treasure hunt through the past!  Or play a mystery game with a historical twist!  Learn how kids had fun long ago and invent a new game using old toys!

Inventor
Experience how people lived before modern conveniences. Find new uses for old things. Create an invention or activity for future Girl Scout programs at Montpelier!

Painting
See how family portraits have changed over time. Sit and paint outside on our beautiful grounds. Use old methods to create something totally modern!

Dance
By learning the dances, education, and other customs from Maryland’s past, girls will discover what was considered appropriate in 18th-century society, and how much things have changed.

Girl Scouts-Juniors

Playing the Past
Step into the life of a girl from the past. You might have been gentry, or enslaved, or maybe helped out with the family business. How did you dress, what did you learn, and how did you have fun?
Musician

Compare music from the past with music today. Discover what was acceptable for 18th-century girls, and decide if today’s dances would have been allowed! Make an unusual instrument, originally invented by Benjamin Franklin. Play instruments of the gentry and the servant classes.

Etiquette Tea
Enjoy tea in Montpelier’s elegant East Wing, and practice skills to earn your Social Butterfly badge. You’ll even make an old-fashioned greeting or thank you card, to show off your social graces! The fee is different for the Etiquette Tea. (Read details above.)
Flowers
Explore the various habitats on the Montpelier’s grounds, including the flower and herb garden, the wooded path, the fields and the meadows, to discover how different  the fauna can be in each one. Do art activities, and learn how people of the past used herbs and flowers for medicine and cooking.

Girl Scouts-Cadets

Finding Common Ground
Do you ever feel like people don't listen to you? In this program, you will learn ways to be heard, and also to listen. We all have something to say! Let's practice "win/win" communication!


Trees
Let the trees be your muse! Do art projects, learn how to identify different kinds of trees, make a tree i.d. book, explore the importance of trees in our world.


Book Artist
See how different books are made, make your own artistic book, and find out about the different ways books have been printed throughout history.



Girl Scouts-Seniors

Textile Artist
Compare historical fabrics, learn what different classes wore and how it was made, experiment with natural dyes, and do a textile project. If you do this program in November, you'll receive free admission to the annual Needleart Exhibit, featuring many examples of hand-stitched masterpieces in all forms of needle art.
Collage
See examples of 18th and 19th century decoupage in Montpelier’s collection. Create a collage using traditional and modern art forms. Search our extensive grounds for natural materials, or use 18th century “everyday items” to make a 3-D collage.

Boy Scouts

Tiger Cubs

Old Fashioned Family Fun - Spend time with your family - 18th century style. Scouts will tour Montpelier Mansion, while discovering the clothes and pastimes of children in colonial times. Families will make a scrapbook to take home.

Wolf
Outdoor Fun, 18th Century Style - Take a walk and play outdoors games on the grounds of Montpelier Mansion. Then, come inside where scouts will tour this 18th century home while experiencing the fashion and fun of the times. Before heading home, scouts will make and fly a paper bag kite.
Bear

History Investigators - Experience history by investigating this 18th century Georgian mansion, including the clothes, and the fun and games of the colonial times. Scouts will discover ways to uncover their own family’s past and make a journal to record their own history - with ink and quill, of course!

Wheelchair Accessibility
Montpelier Mansion does have some, but not total, accessibility for wheelchairs. For details, please call 301-377-7817. 



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