ANNOUNCEMENT: Friends of Arrow Rock Spring Education Programs scheduled for April 2020 have been cancelled due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations and school closures.
With Friends of Arrow Rock education programs, children get a memorable, hands-on lesson in Missouri history in the Arrow Rock community, a National Historic Landmark.
Our age-appropriate programs meet the Missouri Content Standards for Social Studies (see below or view our downloadable brochure for the specific standards met by each program) and will be presented Tuesday through Friday, April 14 through May 29, 2020. Programs are offered in the morning, beginning at 10 a.m., and last approximately two hours.
Click on this link to view the pdf version of our Spring Education Program brochure.
FIRST & SECOND GRADESFamily Life and School Days in the 1800s
Visit the log schoolhouse where the schoolmarm will teach readin’, ritin’,and ‘rithmetic while students practice penmanship using quill pens and slates. Proper manners and rules for living are emphasized. Hands-on activities including chores and pastimes will help students envision daily life in the 1830s home of Gunsmith John P. Sites and his wife Nannie.
This program meets these Missouri Social Studies standards:1st Grade
SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH & FIFTH GRADESFamous Missourians
Missouri was home to many famous and influential people in history. Arrow Rock alone was home to George Caleb Bingham, Dr. John Sappington, three Missouri governors and others who made significant contributions to our state and national heritage. What makes these individuals famous? How have their contributions impacted our heritage? Learn firsthand the significance of their contributions as well as the traits and attributes that helped these people become famous. Enjoy hands-on activities that explore and explain the characteristics of the famous Missouri artist and doctor, learning about their daily life and how their individual contributions influenced the progress of our state and nation.
This program meets these Missouri Social Studies standards:2nd – 5th Grades
THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH & SIXTH GRADESNatural and Cultural History of Arrow Rock
Nature Hike and Bingham Tour
Explore the natural history and native habitats of Arrow Rock and the Boonslick Region on a guided nature hike taking students to the historic Missouri River Landing Trail. Historically, this route led Arrow Rock’s visitors and residents to the treasured freshwater spring and stream that still flows into the Missouri River today. Learn about current and historic plant and animal life; imagine what the river, bluff and forest-lined stream habitats looked like in the 1800s. Understand the value and use of the natural resources for Arrow Rock inhabitants and visitors. Program includes a tour of the 1830s J. Huston Tavern and Mercantile, once a premier establishment for lodging, meals and supplies, which also served as a backdrop for the paintings of Frontier Artist George Caleb Bingham.
Nature programs are led by the Missouri River Bird Observatory. Inquire about custom programs tailored to MDC’s Discover Nature Schools curriculum.
This program meets these Missouri Social Studies standards:3rd Grade
3.EG.5.D 4th Grade
4.EG.5.G 5th Grade
This program meets these Missouri Science standards:
Missouri was “America’s Frontier” in the early 1800s. Discover how settlers became citizens and leaders in the towns established along Missouri’s waterways and trails. Arrow Rock was a “spot” for several of our nation’s most adventuresome and industrious individuals. Students will participate in a mock election at the 1839 Saline County Courthouse where they will gain insight into aspects of governance; will contrast the mid-1800s governing process with that preceding, and that of present-day. Residents of Arrow Rock who had significant roles in developing the economy for the town, state and country will be profiled. Experience the J. Huston Tavern and Mercantile of Joseph Huston — continuously the “hub” of Arrow Rock since 1834.
This program meets these Missouri Social Studies standards:3rd – 6th Grade
How to Register
Call 660-837-3231 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Please have the following information ready:
- Program for your class level
- Date and alternate date
- Time of arrival
- Total number of students, teachers and parents
- Grade of your class
- Teacher’s Name, Phone Number and e-mail
- Address of school
- Best time to reach you
- Any special information about your class
Each program begins at the Arrow Rock Historic Site Visitors Center.
There is a fee of $5 for each student and for additional adults. One teacher per class is admitted free.
Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of these programs. Contact the Friends of Arrow Rock at 660-837-3231 to inquire.