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The Pumpkin Ash Trail Tour

This tour is designed to introduce students to the environment, agriculture, and the rich human culture and history of the Chesapeake Bay region. Students will walk a quarter-mile nature trail through a forest and a wetland ecosystem before arriving on an eight-acre organic farm. The tour will address forest, wetland, and farm ecosystem dynamics; natural resource conservation; sustainable agriculture; and the interdependence of humans and nature, with a special focus on the unique relationship between Piscataway Indians and the natural environment of their homeland. Students will be provided with a field guide as they explore this eclectic piece of Piscataway Park.

Organization(s): Accokeek Foundation
Location: 3400 Bryan Point Road Accokeek, MD 20607 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: land use, agriculture, John Smith and colonial times, Native American
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Eve of the Revolution

Students take on the role of colonial reporters doing research for an article on how the rising conflict with England is affecting the life of an ordinary tobacco planter and his family in 1775. With press passes in hand, the “reporters” ask questions (pre-determined and their own) as they walk from the Potomac River with its view of Mount Vernon through the property of middling tobacco planter Benjamin Bolton. They also interview costumed interpreter “Mrs. Bolton” about how her life is being affected by the threat of war.

Organization(s): Accokeek Foundation
Location: 3400 Bryan Point Road Accokeek, MD 20607 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: land use, agriculture, John Smith and colonial times
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Time Traveling the Seasons of a Colonial Farm

Traveling back in time to 1775, students explore the Bolton farm from the perspective of 8-year-old Ben Bolton and 12-year-old Charity Bolton. They learn the important roles played by children in producing the cash crop of tobacco. They discover how each season brings its own set of tasks, from planting and caring for crops in the spring and summer, to harvesting and preserving food in the fall, to carding, spinning and knitting wool in the winter.

Organization(s): Accokeek Foundation
Location: 3400 Bryan Point Road Accokeek, MD 20607 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: land use, agriculture, John Smith and colonial times
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Colonial Farm Life

What would life have been like in 1775 for the children of a middling tobacco planter? Each child carries the picture of an object that was important on this farm and assists the museum educator when that object is discussed. Children help with the chores and try their hand at colonial games in this very hands-on tour.

Organization(s): Accokeek Foundation
Location: 3400 Bryan Point Road Accokeek, MD 20607 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: land use, agriculture, John Smith and colonial times
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