Education & School Programs

Riversdale is an important local, state, and national landmark and is the perfect place for students and Girl Scouts to make history come alive! A National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the site sits on just over 7 acres and is home to a Federal-era historic house, open hearth kitchen, interpretive gardens and orchard, and Visitor Center. From women’s to African American, state to county, and agriculture to art, there are many avenues for students and Scouts to explore!

school group at the riversdale house museum garden
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Education Programs

Education programs align with a variety of Common Core, State, and NCSS standards. Specialty tours can also be crafted for individual classes.

PINCH, NO SMILES: EARLY 19TH-CENTURY PLAY AT RIVERSDALE

Program Length:90 minutes
Grade:Grades 1-4
Cost:$2 per student (teachers & 1 chaperone per 10 students free; $1 each per additional chaperone)
Pre-Visit Guide:Download Pinch No Smiles Pre-Visit Guide (PDF). 

This program introduces students to the Riversdale House Museum by using the perspective of a child.  Students will move from room to room and discover the ways in which the Calvert children would have learned and played. Workshop components include making a toy, learning a dance, and playing a 19th-century game.

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: RIVERSDALE'S SERVANTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Program Length:90 minutes
Level:Grades 3-6
Cost:$2 per student (teachers & 1 chaperone per 10 students free; $1 each per additional chaperone)
Pre-Visit Guide:Download Out of the Shadows Pre-Visit Guide (PDF). 

This program highlights the economic workings of an early 19th-century Maryland farm using the perspective of the estate's slaves and servants. Students on this tour will assume the role of a worker at Riversdale and move from room to room to discover the ways in which servants and slaved worked in and utilized the spaces. Workshop components include making an herb sachet and carding wool.

WHAT'S COOKING?:  OPEN HEARTH COOKING & EARLY 19TH CENTURY FOODWAYS

Program Length:2 hours
Level:Grades 2-5
Cost:$5 per student (teachers & 1 chaperone per 10 students free; $1 each per additional chaperone)
Pre-Visit Guide:Download What's Cooking? Pre-Visit Guide (PDF). 

This program uses Riversdale House Museum’s reproduction open hearth as a lens for students to explore the effects of technology and the concept of change over time. Students will employ critical analysis and mathematics skills to gain an understanding of the people and tasks involved in acquiring, cooking, and serving food on an early 19th-century estate. Participants will bake19th century cupcakes, churn butter, and learn about food trends, diet, and paleoarchaeology.

TASTE & TEACH: HEALTHY HABITS AND GOOD GREENS

Program Length:1 hour
Level: All Grades
Cost:$2 per students (teachers & 1 chaperone per 10 students free; $1 each per additional chaperone)

Offered seasonally, this program can be added on to another program or scheduled on its own. 200 years ago, those who lived and worked at Riversdale were tied to seasonal produce and what was grown in the gardens. With the gardener, students will tour the organic gardens and orchard, making interdisciplinary connections and learning how eating seasonal produce can aid healthy eating habits.

SENSING THE PAST

Program Length:45-60 minutes
Level:2nd-grade abilities & up
Cost: $2 per participant (teachers & chaperones free)

This program is designed for groups with special needs and engages the senses to help bring history alive. The program is designed with flexibility in mind to cater to the specific needs of each group. Individuals that can negotiate stairs take a 20-minute tour of the house, with a focus on visual inquiry and hands-on object-based learning. For individuals not able to tour, a museum teacher presents an interactive PowerPoint presentation of the house, complete with visual and audio enhancements. All participants take part in a workshop and make an herb sachet to take home.

For Questions or to Book Program

Email Samantha Ferris, or call 301-864-0420