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Idaho State Museum Education Programs

Native American artifacts

Native American Artifacts

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Museum Outreach

Make Your Outreach Reservations Now!

The Museum's outreach program is now accepting reservations for the 2017-2018 school year. The programs are geared to fourth grade and above.  The first visit to a school is free for schools located within 60 miles of the Museum. Additional visits will be $25 for the first classroom, then $10 for each additional classroom. The programs are available Tuesdays and Thursdays through April. 

Two programs will be offerered this year:

Native Americans: Hunting and Gathering

Explore the history of the Idaho tribes through hunting and gathering tools, talking about the differences between the tribes and similarities. Students will get hands on experience with grinding corn by using a mortar and pestle. (45 minutes)

Oregon Trail: What Is It?

In the mid-1800s thousands of pioneers passed through Idaho on  the Oregon Trail.  In this program we will discuss the hardships of the pioneer lifestyle and closely examine some of the artifacts they might have brought with them on the trail by playing a challenging game of "What Is It?" (45 minutes)

To schedule a visit, please send an email to Suzanne Squires with the following information:

*Name of school, grade level and number of classes to visit

*Name of desired program

*Desired date and time (please give a couple of options)

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Squires, Education Outreach Coordinator, or call 208-334-2844 (extension 7482)


Other Field Trip Opportunities and Programs

Old Idaho Penitentiary

The Old Pen offers educational tour programs to 4th grade through high school-age children August through May every year.  Guided tours cover the 100 plus year history of the site and include information about the history of social justice in Idaho as well as daily life at the penitentiary.  Expect two hours for your total tour experience.  Reservations should be made by phone at least one month in advance of your visit.  We can accommodate as few as ten and as many at 140 students, teachers, and adult chaperones at one time.  Please call 208-334-2844 to book your tour today.

Idaho State Archives Research Center and Lincoln Tours

The Abraham Lincoln – His Legacy in Idaho permanent exhibit is located at the Idaho State Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.  Self-guided tours are available during Idaho State Archives Research Center hours:  11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.  The exhibit will accommodate up to 20 occupants.  Guided tours must be scheduled well in advance.  Guided tours take approximately one hour, and can be scheduled to take place Mondays through Fridays, between 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.  Mornings are best, between 9 and 11 a.m.; thereafter the Research Center opens to the general public (11 a.m.).  Please check our website for current hours and holiday or special closures.  For additional information, contact the Idaho State Archives at 208-334-2620.

National History Day

National History Day (NHD) is a year-long curricular program that engages students grades 4-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. The program is incorporated into history and social studies programs at the elementary, middle and high school level. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national events. This yearlong academic adventure fosters students' enthusiasm for learning and their love for history. National History Day teaches the skills individuals need for a successful future. The Idaho State Historical Society provides support to teachers interested in implementing NHD in their classroom, including teacher workshops, curriculum materials and classroom visits. Please contact Johanna Bringhurst at 208-780-5190.

Idaho State Capitol

Free guided tours, run through the Legislative Services Office, are available to groups with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 50. Tours are 1 hour and 15 minutes and are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance and a maximum of 6 months in advance.  To schedule a tour, please contact 208-332-1012 or email.  Virtual tours can also be scheduled at this number.