Every Kid in a Park - A 4th Grade Learning Journey
During the 2017-18 school year, Baltimore City Public Schools is proud to participate for the second year in the federal Every Kid in a Park initiative. City Schools received a grant from the National Park Foundation which allows 4th graders to experience a local, outdoor park experience and to receive a park pass giving each student and three family members free access to all federal and Maryland public lands (national and state parks, forests, historic sites, etc) through the summer of 2018.
The Social Studies Coordinator for City Schools will assign a trip destination and date to each school - either Hampton National Historic Site, Fort McHenry, or Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park. The National Park Foundation is paying for bus transportation, and there is no entrance fee to any of the sites for our students. Each visit supports many of the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.
Teachers - please review the resources below for your destination in advance of your trip, as all or a portion of each trip is teacher-led.
Hampton National Historic Site
The Hampton National Historic Site is in Towson, MD. It is a mansion built just after the Revolutionary War by a prominent Maryland family. The house, outbuildings, and grounds provide a glimpse into life of a wealthy landowning family, including their white indentured servants and African enslaved people. Students learn about the industries that made the landowners wealthy, read and analyze advertisements seeking runaway slaves, tour the family's mansion, and walk the grounds of the estate. Students will receive a plastic Every Kid in a Park pass that they and their family can use to enter any Federal or Maryland land public land at no cost through August 2018.Materials include:
Fort McHenry National Monument
The Fort McHenry National Monuement is in downtown Baltimore, MD. The fort was built in 1989 and was used by the US military through World War II, including it's most famous role defending Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. Students learn about the war and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, which later became our national anthem, using primary sources. The trip is self-guided by teachers. Students will receive a plastic Every Kid in a Park pass that they and their family can use to enter any Federal or Maryland land public land at no cost through August 2018.Materials include:
Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park is a large urban wilderness in West Baltimore. It includes woods, the Carrie Murray Nature Center, and remnants of an estate. Students participate in a program called "Kids on the Gwynns Falls Trail" where they explore the park, wade in the Gwynns Falls stream, look for animals (birds, fox and deer are regulars!), and learn about habitats and ecosystems. Many students have never been to the park and get to experience all that it has to offer. Students will receive a paper voucher for an Every Kid in a Park pass. Students will have to go to Fort McHenry (Banner Circulator or bus #94) to exchange the voucher for a plastic pass that they and their family can use to enter any Federal or Maryland land public land at no cost through August 2018.
For more information, contact Social Studies Coordinator Monica Whippo, or Green Schools Coordinator Joanna Pi-Sunyer.