This program is aligned with the state guidelines for K2 and combined K2/3 grades classes studying Community History focusing on the ‘Then and Now’ comparisons of everyday life.
The tour is 2 hours, with each class divided into three groups. The three groups, led by retired teacher docents dressed in period clothing, rotate though the three areas of the Museum participating in a lesson taught in a turn-of-the-century schoolroom, comparing and contrasting home life in a 1900s kitchen, and learning about the history of local industries and commerce, transportation of goods, such as road building, the flume and the railroad.
After the tour and a snack (provided by the Museum) the students participate in three hands-on activities. Activity stations vary depending on the weather but can include making moon-winders, stenciling bookmarks, making Native American “hacky sacks,” playing with period appropriate toys, or washing cloths with replica washboards and hanging them to dry on a line with dolly pegs.
There is no cost for a tour, however donations are appreciated. To schedule call Carmen Bergmann, School Outreach Coordinator (831) 336-8970 or the Museum (831) 338-8382.
Tours of the Museum can be schedule for multi-aged groups. The tour follows the program above but is tailored to the age of the students in the group.
For schools and groups that are unable to schedule a tour of the Museum, or to complement the tour with in classroom activities, the Museum can loan an activity trunk, including lesson plans, with which classroom teachers and their students can compare and contrast everyday life today with that of the past.
Housed in a 50 gallon container, on wheels with a handle for easy mobility, this trunk is packed with artifacts, stories, and photographs.
The trunk contents and lesson plan are designed to the CCSS for Grade 2 - History and Social Science Section 2.1: Students differentiate between things that happened long ago and things that happened yesterday.
Artifacts and activities cover home life such as laundry, kitchen life and cooking, clothing and personal care, home entertainment and games, school days, communication and outdoor leisure.
Each of the activity boxes can be checked out individually.
To see images of the trunk contents Click Here
To schedule checkout of the trunk contact the Museum Director at (831) 338-8382.
For schools and groups that are unable to schedule a visit of the Museum Ohlone exhibition, or to complement the visit with in classroom activities, the Museum can loan an activity trunk, including lesson plans, with which classroom teachers and their students can learn about Ohlone lifeways of the past and today.
Housed in a 15 gallon container, on wheels with a handle for easy mobility, this trunk is packed with replica Ohlone tools, natural materials, games, images, and talking points.
The trunk contents and lesson plan are designed to the CCSS for Grade 3. History and Social Science Section 3.2: Students describe the American Indian nations in their local region long ago and in the recent past.
To schedule checkout of the trunk call the Museum Director at (831) 338-8382.
Other resouce boxes for schools and groups to check out include:
Chinese Brush Painting and Zhezhi TrunkMission Life BoxWestward Expansion BoxSanta Cruz Rocks Geology Box
Communications Box (Includes telegraph and braille.)Lime Education Trunk
To schedule checkout of these resouces call the Museum Director at (831) 338-8382.
To schedule a historic walking tour of the area call the Museum Director at (831) 338-8382. Tours available include the towns of Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek (3 tours), and Felton, and of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (multiple tours), The California Powder Works Dam, amongst others.
The Museum office is located at:12547 Highway 9, Boulder CreekOffice Hours: Wednesday & Friday 1-4pm
Please call or email for an appointment.