School Visits

Students view the Battle of Brooklyn exhibit at OSH

Our school programs connect Brooklyn’s past and present through child-centered learning in an intimate setting.   Students discover the 17th and 18th centuries through real life experiences and hands-on activities at the Old Stone House & Washington Park.

Our education programs encourage student inquiry, accommodate a variety of learning styles and support learning in accordance with these New York State Standards for Social Studies:

  • New York State & U.S. History
  • Geography
  • Civics, Citizenship & Government

Programs cost $120, last 60-90 minutes and must be reserved in advance.  Due to limited space, we are unable to provide an indoor area for lunch. School groups are welcome to picnic in the J.J. Byrne playground and on the turf field behind the Old Stone House at 4th Ave. and 3rd St.

To arrange a visit: Review the program choices below and request a reservation. We will respond with a reserved date and bill for a $50 nonrefundable deposit per visit. Your trip will be confirmed upon receipt of the deposit. Payment in full will be due one month before your trip date. All reservations are subject to availability.

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The Battle of Brooklyn

The American Revolution

Learn About the Battle of Brooklyn at the Old Stone HouseGrades 4-12, 100 minutes

Students work in small groups to create their own strategy for defending Brooklyn from General Howe and the British army.

Colonial Crafts

Dutch Colonial Farm Life in Brooklyn

Grades 4-12, 90 minutes

An intimate slice of daily life in Brooklyn in the 1700’s. Classes divide into small groups, each exploring one traditional household craft. Activities include making bread starters, wool production and weaving, sewing and candle making.

Dutch Toys and Games

Dutch Colonial Farm Life in Brooklyn

Learn About Life During the New York's Dutch Colonial Era at the Old Stone House

Grades K-4, 90 minutes

Explore daily life in 18th century Brooklyn by trying your hand at traditional crafts and toys! Activities include butter-making, wool production, weaving and traditional games.

The Gowanus Creek

Pre-Colonial Era

Grade 4-12, 90 minutes

Until 1850, the Gowanus was a tidal creek surrounded by a rich salt marsh ecosystem. In this program students separate into small groups to explore the bounty of the Gowanus by looking at oysters, swans, fish, turtles and beavers. Once plentiful in Brooklyn, these species were first utilized by the Lenape, then the Dutch and may still be seen today.

Primary and Secondary Source Documents

The American Revolution

Learn About Documents Like the Declaration of Independence at the Old Stone House

Grades 5-12, 90 minutes

After exploring original 18th century documents, students choose a storytelling medium to interpret Brooklyn’s rich revolutionary history.

Searching for Freedom

The American Revolution

Learn About African Americans in the American Revolutionary War Era at the Old Stone HouseGrades 4-12, 90 minutes

Explore the stories of individuals who began the struggle for civil rights in the mid 1700’s, then collaborate within small groups to retell these biographical stories through writing, visual arts or drama

Traditional Medicinals

Dutch Colonial Farm Life in Brooklyn

Grades 2-5, 90 minutes
Sept 23-Nov 1/Apr 24 to Jun 13

How did colonists treat illnesses? While touring our historic gardens, students learn to identify common plants and how they were used in the 1700’s for both food and medicine. At the end of the program, we sample some refreshing Freedom tea.