Field Trip Ideas

Here is a list of fieldtrip possibilities by subject for the five county area-Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's, and St. Mary's counties. Please don't forget the obvious fieldtrips like your local libraries, post offices, fire departments, grocery stores, small bakeries, etc. They are great resources as well! If you have a great fieldtrip idea that isn't listed here, please e-mail me with any suggestions, helpful links, or other contact information.

Business / Agricultural / Other

Annmarie Garden
St. John Dowell Road, Solomons, MD 20688, Calvert County
phone: 410-326-4640
web: http://www.annmariegarden.org
Thirty acres along St. John Creek are being developed into an outdoor botanical and sculpture garden, where contemporary artwork, including pieces created by nationally known artists, sits within a natural forest setting. Scavenger hunts may be arranged for groups.

Bowie Baysox Baseball Club
4101 NE Crain Highway, Bowie, MD 20716, Prince George's County
phone: 301-805-6000
web: http://www.baysox.com
Class AA minor league baseball affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. In baseball, there are many things that can be learned through the sport in the fields of mathematics, science, physics, reading, etc. We can work with small or large groups to develop programs that work for what each group is trying to accomplish.

Bowles Farm Corn Maze
22880 Budds Creek Road, Clements, Maryland 20624, St. Mary's County
phone: 301-475-2139 or 301-475-3366
web: http://www.bowlesfarms.com
email: bowlesfarms@erols.com
Acres and acres of pumpkins of every shape & size available for a small additional fee. A mini straw maze for the kids, straw rides available, free admission to petting zoo included with every admission ticket, and a large picnic area provided.

Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road, PO Box 97, Solomons, MD 20688, Calvert County
phone: 410-326-2042 ext. 41
web: http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com
The rich maritime history and diversity of life found in the Chesapeake Bay comes alive in educational programs to fit your groups' needs. Students will find boats, models, paintings, wood carvings, aquariums, and fossils inside the museum. Outdoor exhibits include a boat basin, river otter habitat and a recreated salt marsh. Also home to the Drum Point Lighthouse, Cove Point Lighthouse, J.C. Lore Oyster House and the Historic Wm. B. Tennison.

Forrest Hall Farm Corn Maze
39136 Avie Lane, Mechanicsville, Maryland 20659, St. Mary's County
phone: 301-884-3086
web: http://www.forresthallfarm.com
Hay wagon slide & hayride; picnic area & snack shack; farm animals; souvenir photographs, & face painting; seasonal produce, mums and farm product sales; and free prize for each ticket holder completing the maze.

Six Flags America
PO Box 4210, Largo, MD 20775, Prince George's County
phone: 310-249-1500
web: http://www.sixflags.com
An exciting theme/water park with more than 100 rides, shows and attractions. We offer a variety of educational programs including: Exclusive Physics, Business Education, Marketing Education, Safety Patrol, and Key Club days, as well as "Sounds of Harmony."

Environment/Science/Math

Accokeek Foundation/National Colonial Farm
3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607, Prince George's County
phone: 301-283-2113
web: http://www.accokeek.org
"Life of the Colonial Child" is centered on the daily life of an 18th-century farm child. In the "Explorer Program," children act as explorers to the new land. In "Tidewater's Living History," students discuss reasons for emigration, tobacco as an economic base and how nature was a primary shaper of Colonial life. "Land and History" is a program that explores how humans view and use the natural resources around them.

Annapolis Maritime Museum
2nd Street at Bayshore Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-268-1802
web: http://www.AnnapolisMaritimeMuseum.org
Preserving and teaching 300 years of maritime history, living and working on the Chesapeake Bay.

Astronomy Camp - Nanjemoy Creek
Environmental Education Center, 5300 Turkey Tayac Place, Nanjemoy, MD 20662, Charles County
phone: 301-743-3526
web: http://www.ccboe.com/nanjemoy
Day and night sky observations plus day activities like swimming, kayaking, games, etc.

Bass Pro Shops and Outdoor World Arundel Mills Mall
Hanover, MD 21076, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-669-2500
web: http://www.basspro.com
140,000 square feet of outdoor gear, a 20,000 gallon aquarium with native Chesapeake region fish, a three-story rock climbtower, laser shooting arcade, fishing, hunting, and camping products.

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary
175 Main Street, Courthouse, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, Calvert County
phone: 410-535-5327
web: http://www.calvertparks.org/swamp
Custom-designed educational programs to fit special group needs. Hands-on studies. Students are engaged in all levels with focus on outdoor activities including fossil hunting, Chesapeake Bay studies, wetland exploration, and ecological programs. Activities support Maryland-based learning programs.

Calvert Cliffs State Park
c/o Point Lookout State Park, PO Box 48, Scotland, MD 20687, Calvert County
phone: 301-872-5688
web: http://www.dnr.state.md.us
One point three miles of shoreline lie within the boundaries of Calvert Cliffs State Park. In addition to the fossil-rich shores of the bay, Calvert Cliffs State Park has more than 1,400 acres of forests, ponds, creeks and marshlands, and offers hiking, birdwatching, picnicking, fishing, and of course, fossilhunting. Many interpretive programs are offered.

Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road, PO Box 97, Solomons, MD 20688, Calvert County
phone: 410-326-2042 ext. 41
web: http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com
The rich maritime history and diversity of life found in the Chesapeake Bay comes alive in educational programs to fit your groups' needs. Students will find boats, models, paintings, wood carvings, aquariums, and fossils inside the museum. Outdoor exhibits include a boat basin, river otter habitat and a recreated salt marsh. Also home to the Drum Point Lighthouse, Cove Point Lighthouse, J.C. Lore Oyster House and the historic Wm. B. Tennison.

Cedarville State Forest
10201 Bee Oak Road, Brandywine, MD 20613, Charles County
phone: 301-888-1410
web: http://www.dnr.state.md.us
Maryland's only warm-water fish hatchery. Hike through the 20 miles of trails or fish the four-acre stocked pond.

Chesapeake Bay Field Lab, Inc.
16129 Piney Point Road, PO Box 366, Piney Point, MD 20674, St. Mary's County
phone: 301-994-2245
web: http://www.thebaylab.org
"Hands-on" natural history and environmental education trips aboard the skipkjack Dee of St. Mary's. One of the world's last skipjacks and a Maryland treasure. Curriculum addresses bay heritage and health as seen through the eyes of oysters and crabs.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)
6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-268-8816
web: http://www.savethebay.cbf.org
The region's most respected environmental education program for nearly 30 years, CBF's environmental programs educate teachers and students through hands-on field experiences, curriculum, teacher trainings and restoration projects. CBF operates 18 outdoor environmental education training centers located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia.

Chesapeake Bay Natural Resources Camp - Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center
5300 Turkey Tayac Place, Nanjemoy, MD 20662, Charles County
phone: 301-743-3526
web: http://www.ccboe.com/nanjemoy
Learn about the natural and cultural history of the bay. Aquatic studies, canoeing, hiking, etc.

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Visitor Center
PO Box 38, Solomons, MD 20688, Calvert County
phone: 410-326-7491
web: http://www.cbl.umces.edu
Explores current ongoing scientific research in the fields of Ecosystem Studies, Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry, Toxicology and Fisheries Science.

Chesapeake Children's Museum
25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis, MD 21403, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-990-1993
web: http://www.theccm.org
Hands-on fun for children of all ages. Interactive exhibits include: Bay Windows, Waterman, Center Stage, Body Works and Express Yourself.

College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20901, Prince George's County
phone: 301-864-6029
web: http://www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com
Promotes the history of the College Park Airport founded in 1909 by the Wright Brothers, and early World War I aviation in general. College Park Airport is the oldest continuously operating airport in the world. Interactive exhibits, memorabilia, and historic aircraft related to aviation history.

Flag Ponds Nature Park
175 Main Street, Courthouse, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, Calvert County
phone: 410-535-5327
web: http://www.calvertparks.org
Custom-designed educational programs to fit special group needs. Hands-on studies, as students are engaged in all levels, with focus on outdoor activities including fossil hunting, Chesapeake Bay studies, wetland exploration and ecological programs. Activities support Maryland-based learning programs.

Gilbert Run Park
Route 6, 1001 Radio Station Road, La Plata, MD 20646, Charles County
phone: 301-932-3470
web: http://www.charlescounty.org
Hike through the park on the self-guided nature trail, tour the nature center with 150-gallon aquarium, paddle boats and aqua bikes.

Izaak Walton League
Gardiner Road, Waldorf, MD 20601, Charles County
phone: 301-932-9949
web: http://www.iwlasomd.org
Learn about various activities through the environmental education classroom.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685, Calvert County
phone: 410-586-8500
web: http://www.jefpat.org
On-site educational programs about the history and archaeology of the Chesapeake Bay region. Groups may choose from Native American Lifeways, Colonial Lifeways, Discovering Archaeology, Human Impacts on the Environment, or Little Seeds. Also, from May 14 through July 6, groups can work with the public archaeology program on the site of an early 18thcentury plantation complex.

Kings Landing Park
175 Main Street, Courthouse, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, Calvert County
phone: 410-535-5327
web: http://www.calvertparks.org
Custom-designed educational programs to fit special group needs. Hands-on studies. Students are engaged in all levels with focus on outdoor activities including fossil hunting, Chesapeake Bay studies, wetland exploration and ecological programs. Activities support Maryland-based learning programs.

National Cryptologic Museum
Colony 7 Road and Route 32, Ft. Meade, MD 20755, Anne Arundel County
phone: 301-688-5849
web: http://www.nsa.gov
The National Cryptologic Museum collection contains thousands of artifacts, which collectively serve to sustain the history of the cryptologic profession - the science and art of cryptography (code-making) and cryptanalysis (code-breaking).

National Wildlife Visitors Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708, Prince George's County
phone: 301-497-5763
web: http://patuxent.fws.gov/
Provides the opportunity to explore state-of-the-art exhibits and trails that demonstrate the value of wildlife research and the importance of making informed choices for the good of the good of the environment.

Old Maryland Farm
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774, Prince George's County
phone: 301-218-6702
web: http://www.pgparks.com
More than 100 chickens, geese, ducks, llamas, pigs, sheep, goats, and ponies. Pony rides, hayrides, livestock demonstrations, a hands-on activity barn and farm-theme school programs are available.

Owens Science Center
9601 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham-Seabrook, MD 20706, Prince George's County
phone: 301-918-8750
web: http://www.pgcps.org
Special planetarium programs, available on Saturdays, present constellation identification and lore from Greek, Roman, and Native-American perspectives. Science content ranges from the solar system to the life cycle of stars. Includes brief live-animal presentation using reptiles.

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Park
38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton's Point, MD 20626, St. Mary's County
phone: 301-769-2222 ext. 304
web: http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us
The museum offers hands-on programs that combine science and social studies into a comprehensive program that will provide a personal and meaningful experience for the student learning about the history and the environment of the Potomac River.

Purse State Park
c/o Smallwood State Park, 2750, Sweden Point Road, Marbury, MD 20658, Charles County
phone: 301-743-7613
web: http://www.dnr.state.md.us
Walk the shoreline in search of 55 million-year-old sharks' teeth, bones, shells, and other fossils.

Radio and Television Museum
12207 Tulip Grove Drive, Bowie, MD 20715, Prince George's County
phone: 301-809-3089
web: http://www.cityofbowie.org
A collection of broadcast media including antique radios, TVs and other ephemera, which illustrates the "mechanics of broadcasting and the impact of broadcasting in our lives."

Six Flags America
PO Box 4210, Largo, MD 20775, Prince George's County
phone: 310-249-1500
web: http://www.sixflags.com
An exciting theme/water park featuring more than 100 rides, shows and attractions. We offer a variety of educational programs including: Exclusive Physics, Business Education, Marketing Education, Safety Patrol, and Key Club days, as well as "Sounds of Harmony."

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037, Anne Arundel County
phone: 443-482-2218
web: http://www.serc.si.edu
Walk the Java Trail, an outdoor exhibit, which leads to a re-created Piscataway Indian village, a tobacco plantation exhibit, early 20th-century dairy farm artifacts and a marsh walkway.

St. Clement's Island - Potomac River Museum
38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton's Point, MD 20626, St. Mary's County
phone: 301-769-2222 ext. 304
web: http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us
The museum offers hands-on programs that combine science and social studies into a comprehensive program that will provide a personal and meaningful experience for the student learning Maryland history.

Watermark Cruises
PO Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-268-7601
web: http://www.annapolisfieldtrips.com
Three tours. The "Eco-Tour of the Severn River" is a 90-minute exploration of this Chesapeake Bay tributary, observing the beauty of her waters, the wonders of her wetlands and learning of the resilience of the species that live there (maximum 48). "Pirates of the Chesapeake Tour" teaches students about piracy through an onshore discovery period before boarding the boat for games, role-playing and history lessons. Topics covered are cultural and colonial history, famous literary pirates, food and provisions, map and chart reading, history of the Jolly Roger, important pirates in the area, and modern pirates. The 40-minute "Harbor Queen Tour" takes students along the banks of the U.S. Naval Academy, the historic Annapolis Harbor, and down the Severn River. A well-researched narrative gives an overview of the rich history behind sights in Maryland's historic capital.

Watkins Nature Park
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774, Prince George's County
phone: 301-218-6702
web: http://www.pgparks.com/places
Natural history exhibits, environmental education programs, guided nature walks and community service opportunities. Displays include a large bird of prey collection; various reptiles and mammals; a butterfly garden; indoor and outdoor ponds; and a children's discovery cottage.

Musical/Visual Arts/Theatre

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-269-1132
web: http://www.annapolissymphony.org
Two concerts each year. Blending symphonic music with visual theater, these concerts educate and entertain young and old.

Annmarie Garden
St. John Dowell Road, Solomons, MD 20688, Calvert County
phone: 410-326-4640
web: http://www.annmariegarden.org
Thirty acres along St. John Creek are being developed into an outdoor botanical and sculpture garden, where contemporary artwork, including pieces created by nationally known artists, sits within a natural forest setting. Scavenger hunts may be arranged for groups.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland
194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-721-6157
web: http://www.marylandballettheatre.org
Performances of The Nutcracker Ballet and a spring gala.

Chesapeake Arts Center
194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-636-6597
web: http://www.chesapeakearts.org
Throughout the year, the Chesapeake Arts Center promotes a variety shows for school groups to enjoy the visual arts. The "Arts Retreats" exposes students to cultural arts programs. These programs are geared towards teaching communication and cooperation. New programs are added regularly.

Chesapeake Music Hall Dinner Theatre
339 Busch's Frontage Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 800-406-0306
Critically acclaimed Broadway-style shows and a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet with friendly service and a warm atmosphere. After a great day in Washington, D.C., Baltimore or Annapolis, we're the perfect place to top off an educational student adventure.

College of Southern MD, Theatre IV
La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, PO Box 910, La Plata, MD 20646m Charles County
phone: 301-870-3008
web: http://www.csmd.edu/FineArts
Performs various children's productions annually.

Mattawoman Art Center
PO Box 1308, La Plata, MD 20646, Charles County
phone: 301-743-5159
web: http://www.mattawomanart.org
Riverside gallery offers monthly exhibits, studio rental and gift shop.

Poplar Hill on His Lordship's Kindness
7606 Woodyard Road, Clinton, MD 20735, Prince George's County
phone: 301-856-0358
web: http://www.poplarhillonhlk.com
Presents rotating exhibits, concerts, performances and lectures; spacious galleries with a children's gallery and outdoor sculpture garden. Various exhibits explore use of various media and may enhance the middle school art curriculum.

Port Tobacco Players
PO Box 2030, La Plata, MD 20646, Charles County
phone: 301-932-6819
web: http://www.ptplayers.com
Encore and children's encore companies perform several shows a year.

Social Studies/Government/History

Accokeek Foundation/National Colonial Farm
3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607, Prince George's County
phone: 301-283-2113
web: http://www.accokeek.org
"Life of the Colonial Child" is centered on the daily life of an 18th-century farm child. In the "Explorer Program," children act as explorers to the new land. In "Tidewater's Living History," students discuss reasons for emigration, tobacco as an economic base and how nature was a primary shaper of Colonial life. "Land and History" is a program that explores how humans view and use the natural resources around them.

African-American Heritage Society
7485 Crain Highway, La Plata, MD 20646, Charles County
phone: 301-843-0371
Learn of the life and history and contributions of Southern Maryland African-American residents.

American Indian Cultural Center
16816 Country Lane, Waldorf, MD 20601, Charles County
phone: 301-372-1932
web: http://www.piscatawayindians.org
Learn about the indigenous peoples of Maryland through this interpretive museum.

Annapolis and Three Centuries Tours
48 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-263-5401
web: http://www.annapolis-tours.com
Tours of historic Annapolis, including the State House, St. John's College and exteriors of Colonial homes. Students will learn about colonization of Maryland, government and architecture. The tour will include the U.S. Naval Academy, the chapel and crypt if available. Field trips are customized for grade levels and curriculums.

Annapolis Maritime Museum
2nd Street at Bayshore Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-268-1802
web: http://www.annapolismaritimemuseum.org
Preserving and teaching 300 years of maritime history, living and working on the Chesapeake Bay.

Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-216-6180
Exhibits on African-American history and culture in Maryland. Named for two prominent African-American Marylanders - 18th-century astronomer and surveyor Benjamin Banneker and 19th-century abolitionist, orator and publisher Frederick Douglass. The museum is located in the historic Mt. Moriah AME Church in Annapolis' Landmark District. Within walking distance of other African-American history sites.

The Barracks
18 Pinkney Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-267-7619
web: http://www.annapolis.org
This small building is typical of the structures Colonial artisans or tradesmen would have called home in mid-18th-century Annapolis. Operated by the Historic Annapolis Foundation.

Belair Mansion and Stable Museums
12207 Tulip Grove Drive, Bowie, MD 20715, Prince George's County
phone: 301-809-3089
web: http://www.cityofbowie.org/comserv/museums.htm
Restored home of Provincial and State Governor, later home to a famous NY horse breeder. Stable home of two Triple Crown winners. Maryland history and racing history, restoration, architectural study, and social interaction. Includes 1920s stablemaster's quarters and exhibits on Belair Farm. Social aspects include development of several communities over a 250-year period.

Bowie Baysox Baseball Club
4101 NE Crain Highway, Bowie, MD 20716, Prince George's County
phone: 301-805-6000
web: http://www.baysox.com
Class AA minor league baseball affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. In baseball, there are many things that can be learned through the sport in the fields of mathematics, science, physics, and reading. We can work with small or large groups to develop programs that work for what each group is trying to accomplish.

Bowie Train Station
12207 Tulip Grove Drive, Bowie, MD 20715, Prince George's County
phone: 301-809-3089
web: http://www.cityofbowie.org/comserv/museums.htm
A collection of turn-of-the-century railroad buildings, including a 1920s caboose.

Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road, PO Box 97, Solomons, MD 20688, Calvert County
phone: 410-326-2042 ext. 41
web: http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com
The rich maritime history and diversity of life found in the Chesapeake Bay comes alive in educational programs to fit your groups needs. Boats, models, paintings, wood carvings, aquariums, and fossils inside the museum. Outdoor exhibits include a boat basin, river otter habitat and a re-created salt marsh. Also home to the Drum Point Lighthouse, Cove Point Lighthouse, J.C. Lore Oyster House and the Historic Wm. B. Tennison.

Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
PO Box 1227, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732, Calvert County
phone: 410-257-3892
The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum offers curriculum-based programs for all grade levels. Special emphasis on programs for elementary and middle school. Topics cover local history, technology, transportation, and environment. Tours and special hands on activities are available. Storytime offered for early grade levels.

College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20901, Prince George's County
phone: 301-864-6029
web: http://www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com
Promotes the history of the College Park Airport founded in 1909 by the Wright Brothers, and early World War I aviation in general. College Park Airport is the oldest continuously operating airport in the world. Interactive exhibits, memorabilia, and historic aircraft related to aviation history.

Dorsey Chapel
10704 Brookland Rd, Glenn Dale, MD 20769, Prince George's County
phone: 301-352-5544 or 301-464-5291
web: http://www.pgparks.com/places
Dorsey Chapel was built to serve the African-American farming community of Brookland. Tours focus on the history of the chapel, its restoration, and the story of the African-American community of Brookland in the first half of the 20th century.

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House
Dr. Samuel Mudd Road, Waldorf, MD 20601, Charles County
phone: 301-645-6870
web: http://www.somd.lib.md.us
Museum was the home of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, the country doctor who set the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.

Flag Ponds Nature Park
175 Main Street, Courthouse, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, Calvert County
phone: 410-535-5327
web: http://www.calvertparks.org/flagpond
Custom-designed educational programs to fit special group needs. Hands-on studies. Students are engaged in all levels with focus on outdoor activities including fossil hunting, Chesapeake Bay studies, wetland exploration and ecological programs. Activities support Maryland-based learning programs.

Greenbelt Museum
15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt, MD 20770, Prince George's County
phone: 301-507-6582
web: http://www.otal.umd.edu
Visitors experience the lives of ordinary Americans during two momentous events of the 20th century: the Great Depression and WWII. The museum includes a historic house of one of the nation's only federally planned communities.

Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-267-1714
web: http://www.hammondharwoodhouse.org
Three programs for various ages: "Then & Now" (K-1), designed to teach the differences between modern and Colonial life using revolutionary-era artifacts; "Colonial Adventure Tour" (3- 5) is a house tour and Colonial activities including Colonial dress-up, painting and cards; and "To Be a Colonial" (9-12) is a house tour and group study using artifacts and firsthand documents.

Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD 21037, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-222-1919
web: http://www.historiclondontown.com
A 23-acre historic site that features a large archaeology dig, a house museum, and a reconstructed late 17th-century townsite, which includes an earthfast dwelling, tobacco prize, ropewalk, and kitchen and herb gardens.

Historic St. Mary's City
PO Box 39, St. Mary's City, MD 20686, St. Mary's County
phone: 240-895-4979
web: http://www.stmaryscity.org
Colonial past brought to life at the site of Maryland's first capital; re-created 17th-century tobacco plantation, Indian hamlet, 1676 State House and archaeological site. Excellent addition to U.S. and MD history curriculums.

Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial
Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
web: http://www.kintehaley.org
The Kunta Kinte Plaque commemorates the arrival of Alex Haley's ancestors and 97 of his enslaved companions. The Haley Memorial, honoring the world renowned author of Roots, symbolizes the importance of cultural heritage to future generations.

Laurel Museum
817 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707, Prince George's County
phone: 301-725-7975
web: http://www.laurelhistory.org
Located in a former 1840s mill worker's home, the museum houses a collection of books, photos, tools, artifacts, textiles and oral histories.

Legacy Promotions
835 Spa Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-280-9745
An Annapolis-based services group providing guided walking tours, walk-on tours, interpretive history, consulting and genealogical services with a focus on the African American in Annapolis and the surrounding counties. The tour services, "Our Local Legacy," provides guided African-American walking tours through Annapolis. Tours include more than three centuries of African Americans in religion, politics, education, military service, civic and fraternal service. On the tour see the neighborhoods, homes, churches, homes of slave owners and sites of slave sales. During this tour you will hear the stories of family, slavery, bounding-out, miscegenation, colonization to Liberia, emancipation, reconstruction, Civil Rights and urban renewal.

Marietta House Museum
5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD 20769, Prince George's County
phone: 301-464-5291
web: http://www.pgparks.com/places
Marietta was the plantation home of Gabriel Duvall who was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1812-1834. Today the house is furnished to reflect the three generations of Duvalls who occupied the house.

Montpelier Mansion
Muirkirk Road and Route 197, Laurel, MD 20708, Prince George's County
phone: 301-953-1376
web: http://www.pgparks.com/places
What was it like to be a kid 200 years ago? Play 18th-century games, do chores the old-fashioned way and tour a beautiful mansion that was built in 1783.

National Cryptologic Museum
Colony 7 Road and Route 32, Ft. Meade, MD 20755, Anne Arundel County
phone: 301-688-5849
web: http://www.nsa.gov/museum
Thousands of artifacts which collectively serve to sustain the history of the cryptologic profession - the science and art of cryptography (codemaking) and cryptanalysis (codebreaking).

Old Treasury Building
18 Pinkney Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-267-7619
web: http://www.annapolis.org
The oldest surviving public building in Maryland was built between 1735 and 1737 as the office for the commissioners who distributed bills of credit. The colonists called it the Paper Currency Office and the Loan Office because paper currency was issued here. Operated by the Historic Annapolis Foundation.

Piney Point Lighthouse
Museum and Park, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton's Point, MD 20626, St. Mary's County
phone: 301-769-2222 ext. 304
web: http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us
The museum offers hands-on programs that combine science and social studies into a comprehensive program that will provide a personal and meaningful experience for the student learning Potomac River.

Port Tobacco Courthouse
Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco, MD 20677, Charles County
phone: 301-934-4313 or 301-645-1796
Visit the reconstruction of the third courthouse structure where costumed docents tell the story of Port Tobacco from 1620 to present day.

Shady Side Rural Heritage Society/Capt. Salem Avery House
West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, MD 20746, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-867-4486
web: http://www.averyhouse.org
A waterman's museum on the banks of the West River. Restored 1860 home. Exhibits and workboat.

Shiplap House
18 Pinkney Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-267-7619
web: http://www.annapolis.org
One of the oldest surviving houses in Annapolis (1715), Shiplap House was originally built as the home and inn of sawyer Edward Smith. It is named for the random-width flush siding (called shiplap) on the rear facade. Merchant Nathan Hammond lived and worked here from 1759 until 1777. The building now serves as administrative offices for the Historic Annapolis Foundation.

Sotterley Plantation
PO Box 67, Hollywood, MD 20636, St. Mary's County
phone: 800-681-0850
web: http://www.sotterley.com
Two tours. "Colonial Plantation Life" - Students will experience a day in the life of a Colonial child through numerous hands-on activities and tours of Sotterley's Manor House, outbuildings and garden. Students will make a special Colonial craft to remind them of the day. "Slavery to Freedom" - This program offers a unique, hands-on experience of 19th-century plantation life as seen through the eyes of a slave. Students will take part in an archaeology dig, tour the Manor House, and original slave cabin and various outbuildings, and work with primary historic documents. Both tours are approximately three hours.

St. Clement's Island - Potomac River Museum
38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton's Point, MD 20626, St. Mary's County
phone: 301-769-2222 ext. 304
web: http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us
Hands-on programs that combine science and social studies into a comprehensive program that will provide a personal and meaningful experience for the student learning Maryland history.

State House Visitor Center
91 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-974-3400
web: http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us
Built between 1772-79, the Maryland State House is the oldest state Capitol in continuous legislative use. From November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784, it housed the Continental Congress, and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation's Capitol.

Surratt House Museum
9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735, Prince George's County
phone: 301-868-1121
web: http://www.surratt.org
A family plantation home, tavern, and post office during the Civil War era. Costumed guides tell of life during this period and how the Surratts became involved with John Wilkes Booth and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Thomas Stone National Historic Site
6655 Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco, MD 20677, Charles County
phone: 301-392-1776
web: http://www.nps.gov/thst
Visit Haberdeventure, the Southern Maryland tobacco plantation belonging to Thomas Stone, a well-respected lawyer and politician and one of four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Stone also contributed in the creation of the United States while serving as both a Continental Congressman and as a framer of the Articles of Confederation.

U.S. Naval Academy, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center
52 King George Street, Annapolis, MD 21402, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-293-3363
web: http://www.navyonline.com/tours/Tours.asp
Undergraduate college of the U.S. Navy is curriculum-sensitive for 4th-12th grade students. Photo ID required for ages 16 and older.

Waterfront Warehouse
18 Pinkney Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-267-7619
web: http://www.annapolis.org
This early 19th-century dockside building is similar to the commercial warehouses that lined the Colonial waterfront. Annapolis merchants, George and John Barber, used it as a warehouse for their packet (water shuttle) service. Operated by the Historic Annapolis Foundation, it houses a model of the Annapolis waterfront in the 1750s.

William Paca House and Garden
18 Pinkney Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Anne Arundel County
phone: 410-267-7619
web: http://www.annapolis.org
A hands-on tour of this Declaration of Independence signer and Maryland governor's home immerses students into the political, social and religious arena that fueled the birth of our nation. Annapolis' only two-acre 18th-century pleasure garden contains heirloom variety plants popular in Revolutionary War-era Annapolis. Operated by Historic Annapolis Foundation.