Field Trips


Plan a unique learning experience for your class when you select one of our school programs designed for grades K-8.  We offer two highly interactive and fun programs, both of which include a learning activities packet, an on-site guided tour of Woodrow Wilson's birthplace, and group activities in the Woodrow Wilson Museum and Education Center.  All programs have been organized to reach a wide range of ability levels and meet current Virginia Standards of Learning.  Total tour and activity time is two hours.  

Classes tour the Greek Revival Manse, birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States.  Tours are planned with the classroom teacher to reinforce individual learning goals.  Geared to the developmental ability and interest of the students, tours are conducted by guides specifically trained to work with school-age children.  Organized in small groups, the tour encourages students to participate in a question and discover process.  Guided tours of the Manse are designed to complement a selected program theme, either Journey Into History; Professor, President, Peacemaker; or "Over There. . .Over Here": The Great War. Scroll down to read a more detailed description of each program.

Program Fees

Program fees are $5.00/student and $8.00/adult chaperone.  There is no fee for teachers.

Round Up For Education

Thanks to a generous grant, The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library has created the Field Trip Grant to pay the cost of bus transportation ($60 -$100) for public and private school field trips.   Please answer the following questions and tell us why your school should be chosen to receive a grant.

  1. How would a field trip to The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library support your teaching objectives?
  2. What specific benefits do you see for your students?
  3. What benefits do you identify for future lessons in the classroom?

Submit your response to museumeducator@woodrowwilson.org or mail to The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum , PO Box 24, Staunton, VA 24401 attn: Museum Education.  Be sure to include your contact information including name, email address, and school‘s name and address.

To be eligible for the grant, you must have a minimum of 40 students who will be participating in the tour.

Journey Into History 

This popular program uses artifacts, toys, and clothing to teach students about lifestyles of the 1850s, the period when Woodrow Wilson was a young child. Students are given the opportunity to dress in reproduction clothing, play games enjoyed by the Wilson children—all in a period Victorian parlor! Students also experience a recreated 19th century schoolroom where they practice penmanship, using old-fashioned pen and ink. Journey into History supports the following Virginia Standards of Learning for history and social science: K.1b; K.2; K.3; K.4b; K.6; K.7b; K.8a,c,d,e,g; K.9; 1.1; 1.3; 1.4c,d; 1.6; 1.7; 1.10a,b,d; 1.11a; 1.12c; 2.3; 2.7; 2.8; 2.10a,d; 2.12b; 3.1; 3.8; 3.11c,d; 3.12; VS.1a,b,c,d,e,f,h,i;  VS.2a,b; VS.4b,d; VS.7c; VS.8c; VS.9a,b; USI.a,b,c,e,h; USII.1a,b,c,d,e,f,h; USII.4d,e; USII.5c.

Professor, President, Peacemaker 

Primary source material such as artifacts, letters, and photographs are used to reveal Wilson's achievements as an academic, statesman, and world leader. The Professor segment utilizes a scrapbook to illustrate Wilson's years as an educator, the President portion engages students in a scavenger hunt to discover facts about Wilson's presidency, and the Peacemaker activity incorporates original objects to teach students about World War I and Wilson's goal to achieve world peace. Professor, President, Peacemaker supports the following Virginia Standards of Learning for history and social science:  USI a.b,c,e,h; USII.1a,b,c,d,e,f,h; USII.4d,e; USII.5c; CE.1a,c,e, h; VUS.9b 

"Over There...Over Here":  The Great War

History comes alive with an authentic World War I trunk filled with artifacts and primary resources that tell the story of The Great War.  Using letters, propaganda, photographs, and a soldier's uniform and kit, students learn about life both in the trenches and on the home front.  An on-site visit includes a tour of the exciting trench exhibit, World War I:  The "Doughboy" War.  The Great War supports the following Virginia Standards of Learning for history and social science:  USII.1a,b,c,d,e,f,h; USII.4d,e; USII.5c; WHII.10a,b; WHII.11a

Take home a memento of your visit to Woodrow Wilson's Presidential Library. The President's Shop offers a variety of conveniently packaged gift bags ranging in price from $2.00 to $15.00.  Request a list of gift bags from the Museum Educator. Orders must be placed ten days prior to your visit. Excellent resource materials available for teachers and parents, too. Ask for details. 

For reservations and information, contact the Museum Educator, at museumeducator@woodrowwilson.org  or by phone 540-885-0897, ext. 110. 

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Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation