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Summer Field Trips

THERE’S FUN TO BE HAD IN HISTORIC GERMANTOWN THIS SUMMER!

Who says learning history can’t be fun? Enjoy a two-hour personalized group field trip that includes crafts, interactive activities and lots of fun!  While enjoying our spacious grounds, campers will work with with old-fashioned tools or make colonial toys, play Native American games or string wampum beads, learn about colonial paper making, as well as participate in scavenger hunts, relay races, and much more!

Historic Germantown can accommodate both small and large groups and a variety of ages. Site availability and activities vary depending on age and size of group. Cost for program is $7 per camper.

It’s easy to sign up.
First choose your tour destination from the list below and then call (215) 844-1683 or email programs@freedomsbackyard.com to schedule your tour.  If you are not sure which site is right for you, just give us a call.  We’re happy to help with suggestions for your age group.  (A variety of payment arrangements are available for your convenience.)

Aces Museum

 

Aces Museum

5801 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Discover African American and minority history at this World War II United Service Organization (USO) with exhibitions and puppet shows.
 

 

Awbury Arboretum

1 Awbury Road
Philadelphia, PA 19138
www.awbury.org

Dig into this 55 acre landscape with hands-on activities exploring history, farming, art and the natural world. Lesson options include insects, bee camp, farm to plate, micro-farming, pond exploration, trees, art & nature, maps, the Lenape Native Americans, birds and the five senses.
 

 

Cliveden

6401 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
www.cliveden.org

Explore the conflicting loyalties of Philadelphians during the American Revolution. Students explore the lives of Revolutionary War soldiers at hands-on workshop tables, a scavenger hunt activity, followed by a tour of our battlefield and an inside tour of the house that withstood assault by the British during the Battle of Germantown.
 

Concord School & Upper Burying Ground

6309 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
www.concordschoolhouse.org

Used from 1776 through the 19th century, the Concord School is a great example of a one room school house. Campers will visit the school house and try quill pen writing and explore the Upper Burying Ground with a scavenger hunt. This is a 1 hour program and can be combined with the Johnson House or the Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse.
 

 

Grumblethorpe

5267 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
www.philalandmarks.org/
grum.aspx

Investigate Grumblethorpe, the grounds and summer home for the Wister family. Learn about colonial life, conduct science experiments and  explore nature.

 

Historic RittenhouseTown

206 Lincoln Drive
Philadelphia PA 19144
www.rittenhousetown.org

Like William Rittenhouse, North America’s first papermaker, campers will use early techniques to make their own paper. This is great way to teach students about what happened at RittenhouseTown, as well as early American occupations and resources. Each papermaker leaves with their own piece of paper. Other potential activities include colonial cooking or printmaking.
 

 

Johnson House

6306 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
www.johnsonhouse.org

This fascinating adventure aims to help children understand the value and challenges of working and walking together to achieve freedoms and hop in Historic and modern-day Germantown. At this historic stop on the Underground Railroad, children will hear and experience a trust walk and help to construct a memorial garden sculpture ‘They Walked”.This is a 1 hour program and can be combined with the Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse or the Concord School & Upper Burying Ground.
 

 

La Salle University Art Museum

1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
www.lasalle.edu/museum

Featuring European and American art from the Renaissance to the present, La Salle University Art Museum offers summer lessons which include a tour of the museum and a hands-on art activity or in-gallery activity.  Lessons can be introductory or themed and individualized to complement your curriculum.

 

 

Stenton

4601 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
www.stenton.org

Tour one of the most authentic historic house museums in Philadelphia, and hear stories of the Logan family, and James Logan’s connections to the Lenni Lenape Native Americans. Learn about archaeology by viewing some of our archeological findings from Stenton’s grounds! Do a scavenger hunt in Stenton’s barn, which displays a collection of agricultural tools. Try your hands at one of our crafts, such as wampum bead stringing, molding clay pottery or making shell boxes. Finally, have fun with our colonial themed relay races!
 

 

Wyck

6026 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
www.wyck.org

Tour Wyck’s 2.5 acres of land, including a gorgeous historical garden, and Quaker home farm with chickens and honeybees. You may even get an opportunity to feed our chickens! See authentic artifacts from Wyck’s collection including tools and domestic items. Activities may include hand-drilling with a non-electric drill, hammering old-fashioned nails, butter churning, making homemade tea bags or old-fashioned toys.


 

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