Home School Field Trips
Parents need real life ideas on how to bring Math, Science, and History to life. National Harbor offers engaging and educational ways to connect virtual learning to in person experiences.
ELEVATED CLASSROOM AT THE CAPITAL WHEEL
Explore what makes The Capital Wheel spin with a multi-level worksheet including real-world arithmetic, geometry and physics. Bring the lessons to life 180 feet above the Potomac River and see math in motion. Students will enjoy the ride in a private, climate-controlled gondola while looking at views of Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
A PRESIDENTIAL EXPERIENCE
Discover the life and legacies of George Washington at his northern Virginia estate. Tour the first floor of Washington’s mansion, meet heritage breed farm animals, and go undercover as a Revolutionary War spy with the free app Agent 711. For fans of the musical Hamilton, a new tour reveals Washington’s role in the Broadway hit.
IF YOU CAN REACH IT, YOU CAN TOUCH IT
The interactive-outdoor-art collection is meant to be a conversation starter for all ages. Guests can enjoy a self-guided tour that allows each piece of art to tell its story on visitors’ mobile device and there is even a scavenger hunt. Visitors are encouraged to take selfies with statues of American icons, such as George Washington, Frederick Douglass, and Marilyn Monroe. The young and young at heart can climb on “The Awakening,” one of the area’s best-known sculptures by nationally known sculptor J. Seward Johnson.
GO BACK IN TIME AT PISCATAWAY PARK
The Accokeek Foundation offers educational tours that supplement social studies and environmental education in the classroom. Through interactive experience-based tours, students examine the differences between past and present time, and learn how decisions about our daily lives can impact
the environment. These programs help to show the effects of human interaction with the land while encouraging physical activity in an outdoor living classroom. Explore the National Colonial Farm, Piscataway Park nature trails, and Heritage Livestock barnyard during your visit.
POTOMAC RIVER EXPLORER
The Potomac River Heritage Visitors Center at Tanger Outlets includes archaeological exhibits and interpretive signage on the rich cultural, historical, and natural legacy in the County along the Potomac River as well as telling the story of the plantation on which the outlet mall sits. Bronze plaques, a memorial garden, interpretive signs, and historic wall fragments are located on the grounds.
CLASSROOM ON THE WATER
Cruise the Potomac River aboard your own two-person catamaran boat, also known as a Craigcat Boat with Monumental Boat Tours. Experience the nature scene along the Maryland and Virginia waters, Fort Washington, and Mount Vernon all from your own boat! The knowledgeable guide will create a fun and memorable outing.