School Programs at Bartow-Pell 2017-11-04T19:58:33+00:00

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Bartow-Pell Mansion

BPMM school programs reinforce the scope and subject sequence that students are taught in the classroom while creating a unique place-based learning experience.

Through touch-tours, open-ended inquiry challenges, craft projects, and interactive games, BPMM’s  curriculum-rich sessions build critical thinking and evidential reasoning skills that benefit students across disciplines.

BPMM aligns its programs and tailors the sessions to meet the needs of the students for grade-appropriate learning.

All programs are approximately 90 minutes.

Accessibility: The mansion has two floors and no elevator. Five steps lead up to the building entrance. Guided tours involve walking and standing, but there is limited seating in select rooms.

Special Needs: We are happy to accommodate people with special needs. Please let us know about anyone in your group with disabilities.

Cost: $120 per class

To book a program, call 718-885-1461 or email schesloff@bpmm.org.

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The Lenape People of the Bronx

BPMM’s authentically fabricated Northeast Woodlands wigwam serves as the backdrop for the interactive elementary school program on Lenape culture and lifestyle. It is where history meets social anthropology, earth science, and biodiversity, as well as environmental stewardship.

In this outdoor classroom space, children sit on stumps from felled trees and learn about shelter, clothing, food, language, and customs. They also handle artifacts from the museum’s teaching collection, search for animal tracks, and make a Native American craft.

Pre-Visit Activity Packet – Short Version / Long Version

New York Family Life Then and Now

Students explore the 19th century and make comparisons and connections to their own modern-day lives while touring the Greek Revival mansion and carriage house. Museum educators lead discussions about the Bartow family, technology, labor, gender roles, immigration, and transportation. Students also create a thaumatrope, a 19th-century moving-image toy. Grades K and up

Activity Packet – Short Version / Long Version

19th-Century American Toys and Games

This seasonal program offers students a tour of the mansion with educator-led discussions on the lifestyle and pastimes of 19th-century children. Afterwards, students engage in physical activity by playing traditional outdoor games such as graces and hoops. Grades K through 8

Activity Packet – Short VersionLong Version

Children’s Gardening at Historic Bartow-Pell

This curriculum-based, hands-on program allows students to experience a variety of activities in an organic garden from seed planting to harvesting while learning about environmental stewardship, ecology, sustainability, plant cycles, nutrition, and more. Included is a Three Sisters garden component supplementing our Native American school program. Grades K through 5

Activity Packet – Short Version / Long Version

Day of Trip Guidelines

  • Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities in the garden. During inclement weather, programs are conducted in the Carriage House classroom.
  • In warmer weather please have children apply insect repellent outside. Please remember that repellents reduce your chances of mosquito or tick bites. Pack your own repellent, BPMM does not provide or sell bug spray.
  • BPMM does not supply hand sanitizer or paper towels.

Home Sweet Habitat

During this earth science-based program, students will embark on a short, gentle hike through the Bartow-Pell woods and learn about the plants and animals that call Pelham Bay Park home. Students will observe flora and fauna in their natural habitat, as well as learn about the influence that humans have had on the land over time. Following the hike, children will engage in a simple graphing activity where they can quantify their observations.

Activity Packet

Day of Trip Guidelines

  • Please dress appropriately for a nature walk: i.e., closed shoes, rain gear, long sleeves, and long pants etc.
  • In warmer weather please have children apply insect repellent outside. Please remember that repellents reduce your chances of mosquito or tick bites. Pack your own repellent, BPMM does not provide or sell bug spray.
  • BPMM does not supply hand sanitizer or paper towels.
Thank you to our institutional supporters who provide critical financial support for these programs.