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Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

We’re excited to offer student-driven learning, combining curiosity and primary sources. We look forward to providing experiences with compelling questions and artifacts through Virtual Field Trips. See below to learn more about each of the programs and to register. Questions? Email us at [email protected].

2023-2024 Field Trips

Senator George W. Norris: The Life Of A Public Servant
The Oregon Trail: Chance Choice And Chimney Rock!
Bison In America
George Norris And The Unicameral: How Did Nebraska Become A One-House Legislature?
Nebraska Trailblazers: The Buffalo Soldiers
Piecing Together the Past in 10 questions or less!
Nebraska is My Home
Mystery in the Museum: Hidden Homestead

Senator George W. Norris: The Life Of A Public Servant

 

Virtual Field Trip: Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a public servant? Or what life was like for Nebraskans in the past? By exploring the historic home of one of Nebraska’s most important public servants, George W. Norris, students learn about his life, achievements, and how the work of public servants from almost a century ago can still impact Nebraskans today!

This lesson is two 30-minute lessons and is recommended for 3rd to 5th-grade learners.

The Oregon Trail: Chance Choice And Chimney Rock!

 

Virtual Field Trip: Experience the Oregon Trail like never before with a virtual lesson at Chimney Rock. Discover the importance of choice, chance, and opportunity as an expert shares real stories of those affected by the historic trail.

This lesson is 45 minutes and is recommended for 3rd to 5th-grade learners.

Bison In America

 

Virtual Field Trip: Explore bison’s past, present, and future, as well as Nebraska’s deep connection and cultural connections to North America’s largest land mammal!

This lesson is 30 minutes and is recommended for 3rd to 5th-grade learners.

George Norris And The Unicameral: How Did Nebraska Become A One-House Legislature?

 

Virtual Field Trip:  Nebraska has the only one-house legislature in the United States. In this lesson, students will learn how Nebraska’s nonpartisan unicameral works, how state senators represent their constituents, and how one of Nebraska’s most famous politicians made it all possible.

This lesson is recommended for 3rd to 12th-grade learners.

Nebraska Trailblazers: The Buffalo Soldiers

 

Virtual Field Trip:  Nebraska’s Trailblazers programs explore the journeys of African-American pioneers in their fields. This lesson focuses on the Buffalo Soldiers, America’s first black servicemen, who called Fort Robinson home. Students will learn about their complex history and lasting legacy.

This lesson is recommended for 3rd to 5th-grade learners.

Piecing Together the Past in 10 questions or less!

 

Virtual Field Trip:  Join us for a virtual field trip to the Nebraska History Museum and explore the “Piecing Together the Past” exhibit. Learn about Nebraska’s 13,000-year human history, archeological sites, native populations, bones, and more. Students get answers to the most frequently asked questions about archeology and are asked critical thinking questions to learn about archeology and Nebraska history.

This lesson is 30 minutes and is recommended for 3rd to 6th-grade learners.

Nebraska is My Home

 

Virtual Field Trip:  What makes a home? Is it a house? An earthlodge? A sodhouse? This lesson explores the idea of home throughout Nebraska’s history. Students will learn about famous Nebraskans, indigenous communities, and distinct periods in Nebraska history through the lens of home. They will compare and contrast their idea of home to other Nebraskans who have called our state home for thousands of years.

This lesson is 30 minutes and is recommended for 1st to 4th-grade learners.

Mystery in the Museum: Hidden Homestead

 

Virtual Field Trip:  History is full of mysteries. Can you solve a homestead mystery? Students will work in teams to learn more about the Homestead and Kinkaid Acts and African-American homesteaders in Dewitty, Nebraska. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources to collect evidence, solve clues, and unlock a virtual history mystery box. Classes can then connect with a museum educator to learn more about Nebraska homesteaders and how they connect to Nebraska today!

This lesson is 60 minutes in class and 15 minutes online with an educator and is recommended for 6th to 12th-grade learners.

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