School Field Trips Welcome!

At Liberty Hall, we welcome students of all grades and ages to come and explore our garden. Modeled after the royal gardens of France and the beautiful botanical gardens in England, the garden takes you back in time while you wander. Students can tour the front of the house and see how the French had an influence on the Serpentine Path. Or they can observe the symmetry and organized pathways of the garden in the back of the house, modeled after the formal, English.

Students can view below a select few of activities that are offered on the Liberty Hall property. Teachers can instead choose to browse outdoor activities in the Lesson Plans section below. We hope you will visit us soon!

Student Activities

Scouts, Spies, and Soldiers

Grade Level: 2nd - 8th
Summary: In addition to being the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington also served as Spymaster in Chief of our intelligence services. In this exciting program, students will learn how Revolutionary era spies and scouts used codes, dead drops, and ciphers to convey military intelligence. Students will also learn how to use the pig-pen code and decipher a message from George Washington to the leader of the Culper spy ring. Students will observe a musket demonstration and learn how Revolutionary soldiers trained for battle. All participants will create their own secret code book.

Adventures in Architecture

Grade Level: 4th - 12th
Summary: Students will study the diverse architecture of the Liberty Hall Museum property to see how function dictates form in the design of our buildings. Using floor plans for several of the Liberty Hall buildings, students will learn how the property was adapted to meet the changing needs of residents over the course of 250 years. Building materials will be identified and analyzed for appropriate use, and students will create a measuring tool to be used as part of a design challenge. Working in small groups, students will work collaboratively to design a new addition to Liberty Hall.

Playing with the Past

Grade Level: Kindergarten - 8th
Summary: Students will learn about the types of toys, games, and activities that entertained early American children and have the opportunity to play with reproductions of the very same games and toys. Students will learn about the many different variations of games dreamed up by children many years ago and compare them with games played today. Each student will make their own set of clay marbles with a burlap carry bag to take home. The outreach culminates in a marathon of marble playing with participants devising original marble games.

Additional Information about student trips

To book your filed trip to Liberty Hall Museum, call 908-527-0400 or email Program fee is $10.00 per student. The museum requires one chaperone, admitted free, for every 10 students. Each additional chaperone is $12.00. Please be advised we may limit the number of chaperones based on group size due to limited space within the museum. Visit the Liberty Hall Museum website for complete details on Curriculum Standards for each program. While Liberty Hall Museum is not fully accessible due to the historic nature of the house, we are able to make accommodations to enable all students to participate in programs.

lesson plans

Create a Community Tree Tour

Grade Level: Fourth grade to adult
Keywords: tree identification, tree natural history, map making, recycling
Summary: Students will be able to create a tree tour booklet focusing on five trees from the orchard [1]. Teachers should select five trees from the trees listed on the garden's tree page of this website (For a more interesting tour, choose trees with different leaf shapes, trunk sizes, and heights). Take the class on a tour of the five trees and have the students find the common and Latin names of the species, do a bark rubbing, and a drawing of the tree. Back in class or as homework, students can then write a short paragraph about what they learned about each tree.

[1]"Create a Community Tree Tour (Department of Ecosystem Science and Management)", Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (Penn State University), 2018. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 09- Aug- 2018].

Healthy Forests

Grade Level: 4th - 5th
Keywords: responsibility, under-story canopy, life span, forest management, forester
Summary: Students will be able to see what makes a healthy forest [1]. They will be able to understand that cutting trees can be necessary, one for human consumption needs and to maintain healthy forests. Students will know that a forester's decision to cut individual trees or a strand of a tree is based off basic principles.

[1]"Healthy Forests (Department of Ecosystem Science and Management)", Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (Penn State University), 2018. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 09- Aug- 2018].