SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Bartow-Pell Mansion

Bartow-Pell’s 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, Bartow Pell’s  curriculum-rich sessions build critical thinking and evidential reasoning skills that benefit students across disciplines.

Bartow-Pell 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: $160 per class

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The Lenape 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

A World Away: Servants’ View of the Bartow Mansion

Students take a peek into the lives of 19th-century Irish immigrant workers in the Bartow mansion, including the domestic workers, gardener, and coachman. Using hands-on objects and primary resources, students will encounter the work that went into running a large country estate and also discuss topics such as technology and immigration.

A World Away Pre and Post Visit Materials

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

Growing: From the Ground Up

In our historic teaching garden, students will explore the types of foods and plants which may once have grown on the Bartow family’s estate in the 1800s, while learning about plant cycles and biodiversity. Students will observe and handle various plants, and make connections and comparisons between what they eat/see in grocery stores and what is grown/ready to harvest in our garden.

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.

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

Thank you to our institutional supporters who provide critical financial support for these programs.