Virtual Field Trips

Naper Settlement is bringing learning adventures direct to your classroom!

Designed especially with your students in mind, Naper Settlement’s online school programs feature everything that you would expect and more. Museum educators facilitate virtual experiences that will engage your class in real-time visits, while you expand their learning with on-your-own virtual reality site visits, videos, 3D images of primary materials, artifacts, and in-class or individualized activity worksheets. Programs are designed to suit a range of learning scenarios including in-classroom, fully remote, or a mix of both.

About the Programs

Choose from four programs created by a team of museum education specialists, curators, on-line experience developers, and historians, with loads of input from area teachers. We adapted our most beloved school field trips, Living HistoryHistory Station (formerly School for Tools), and Voices of the Past: The Underground Railroad in Northern Illinois to a virtual format. To compliment your social-emotional learning pedagogies, we have created an entirely new program, Lessons in Resilience, using historical examples of creative, resilient responses to challenges of climate, health, and social crises. These one-of-a-kind digital experiences bring the museum to your classroom. Nurture and develop students’ inquiry skills and help them gain an understanding of historical thinking and civics, all while helping you meet Social Sciences, SEL, Common Core, and NextGen learning standards.

Women making butter in farmhouse

Living History (Limited to School Districts 203 and 204)

4th Grade 
$150 per classroom, up to 30 students
Students will engage in an interactive exploration of commerce, trade, and technology in Naperville’s interdependent, 19th-century culture and economy to develop geographic, economic, and historical literacy and civic awareness. The program helps students build context and understanding of the settlement and community development patterns of Naperville and Illinois including Indigenous presence and displacement, European settlement, immigration, and migration.

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Ready to Book? 

Please click here to register your classroom or group.  For questions, please contact grouptours@naperville.il.us or 630.420.6010. 

Blacksmith at the forge

History Station (Formerly School for Tools)

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades 
$150 per classroom, up to 30 students
This interactive virtual learning program allows students to experience the past using Naper Settlement as a backdrop. The History Station digital field trip experience will take students through our historic grounds and houses to learn about the chores and common trades of the 1800s and evaluate the cultural significance of work and home life of families and communities. There are many ways to solve the problems of food, shelter, transportation, and community resilience.

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Ready to Book? 

Please click here to register your classroom or group.  For questions, please contact grouptours@naperville.il.us or 630.420.6010. 

Voices of the Past Reenactor

Voices of the Past: Northern Illinois and the Underground Railroad

8th Grade/Middle School 
$175 per classroom, up to 30 students
Filling the role of a newspaper apprentice at the DuPage County Observer, students will explore a pivotal historical period through personalized accounts immersing them in an investigation of the multiple perspectives on enslavement found in Illinois during the period leading up to the Civil War.

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Ready to Book? 

Please click here to register your classroom or group.  For questions, please contact grouptours@naperville.il.us or 630.420.6010. 

Snow Storm

Lessons in Resilience

6-7th Grade/Middle School 
$150 per classroom, up to 30 students
Students will hear stories and strategies from history that illuminate ways citizens have endured hardship, solved problems, and envisioned strong community futures. Exploring these historical events will build the capacity to respond creatively to today’s challenges. This program prioritizes social-emotional learning skills. Born digital, this new field trip experience will explore creative, resilient responses to the challenges of climate, health, and social crises.

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Ready to Book? 

Please click here to register your classroom or group.  For questions, please contact grouptours@naperville.il.us or 630.420.6010. 


Fee & Reservations

Field trips are $150-$175 per class. A class is defined as a single teacher and up to 30 registered students in one class period.

Scheduling

We know that flexibility in scheduling is vital for teachers, especially right now. Our distance learning programs offer a variety of options to adapt to your schedule. Each program offers 3 synchronous (real-time with a museum educator) and 3 asynchronous sessions (on your own). During each field trip, students will engage with museum educators, watch videos, use virtual reality with interactive pop-ups to explore buildings and artifacts, see primary documents and objects out of the Naper Settlement archive, and complete stimulating activities. Teachers have the option to complete the digital field trip in one day or over three days within your registered week. Each field trip consists of 6 sessions and each session ranges from 25 to 50 minutes in length.

Platform

To embark on the field trip, students and teachers will need access to the internet and a computer that has audio and video capabilities. Naper Settlement uses Google Classroom as the platform for our distance learning experiences and Google accounts are needed for access.