For Schools

The Johnson County Museum offers innovative and engaging field trip experiences at two locations, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park and the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton, KS.

Once you’ve decided on the perfect program for your class, complete this form to start the scheduling process. We look forward to having your group tour our sites! For questions, please call 913-715-2570.

Field Trip Scholarships
The Johnson County Museum Foundation provides 1/2 price admission to Title One schools to attend all museum field trip. Qualifying schools may apply for funding on a first-come, first-serve basis.

New :: Traveling Trunks!

Bring the museum into your classroom with our traveling trunks! Trunks contain everything you need to bring history to life for children grades 1st – 6th. Artifacts and photographs bring primary source learning into your classroom, complete with a teachers’ guide and lessons to guide your discovery.

one-room schoolhouse trunk program

Curious what’s in the trunk? Click below to see the content list

School and Play: exploring life in a one-room schoolhouse

What was school like in the early 1900s? What did children do for fun? Experience learning and fun with hands-on objects and activities. From penmanship lessons and arithmetic bees to playground games and May Day celebrations, give your students a taste for life in a rural, one-room school community over 100 years ago! 

Cost: $30 for 2-week rental*

The trunk must be picked up and dropped off at the Johnson County Museum; located inside the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66212. For questions, call the museum reservation line (913)715-2570. Interested in booking a trunk? Fill out this form.

 *Note: Due to COVID-19 protocols, trunk rentals are 10 days to allow items to quarantine between bookings.

Programs at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

All elementary programs include a guided tour of our signature exhibit Becoming Johnson County, unstructured exploration time in KidScape (preschool-3rd grade), and one of the structured activities described below.

All museum field trips at the Arts & Heritage Center are $7 per child, $6 per adult, $5 per senior; School staff receive complimentary admission.  

Preschool

Woman in 1950s attire reading bookRetro Storytime! Remember The Little Red Hen? The Poky Little Puppy? Your preschoolers will love the stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House! After the story, enjoy an art project for little hands. Program lasts approximately 1 hour.

Adaptable for preschool aged students.


K and 1st Grade

ThStudents working together on a puzzleank You Community Helpers. What is a community and who are the helpers? Play an active game and work together to solve puzzles as your class learns  about the real people who help in Johnson County. Includes a kid-friendly tour of the signature exhibition "Becoming Johnson County" and exploration time in KidScape. Program lasts approximately 2 hours.

Adaptable for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade.

2nd Grade and Up

History DetectivesHistory Detectives. Put on your white gloves and grab your clipboards! Use your observational and critical thinking skills as you evaluate a mystery object from the past. Includes a kid-friendly tour of the signature exhibition "Becoming Johnson County" and exploration time in KidScape. Program lasts approximately 2 hours.

Adaptable for students 2nd grade through high school


Image of the items kids use to make a map of their community: blocks, ribbons, yarn, pom pomsCommunity Planners Challenge.  Students watch the story of Johnson County unfold, then work together to create a city of their dreams! Working in small groups, students choose a mayor and plan roads, buildings, landscapes, and special places.  Includes a kid-friendly tour of the signature exhibition "Becoming Johnson County" and exploration time in KidScape. Program lasts approximately 2 hours. 

Adaptable for students 2nd grade through middle school.

Programs at Lanesfield Historic Site

  • To start the booking process for your group, please complete this form. For questions, please call 913-715-2570.
  • We encourage all teachers to prepare their students for their field trip to Lanefield School by reading aloud about George’s experience in the story "Not a Bad Day After All" .
  • Students may purchase items from the Lanesfield Gift Shop List, if teachers approve. Please let the museum staff know if your group intends to purchase so time can be allotted.

Grades K-3

Photograph of the Lanesfield School Marm standing at the teacher’s desk inside the 1904 LanesfielFarm Family. Students experience what it was like to be a child in 1904—from life on the farm and completing chores to the challenges of lessons inside the one-room schoolhouse led by a costumed schoolteacher. Program is limited to groups no larger than 60, with a minimum of 20 paid admissions. This 2-hour program is appropriate for students K-2nd grade. Admission is $4 per person; School staff receive complimentary admission


Farm Family Teacher Packet:  Learn more about what to expect on your class’s field trip, Social Studies standards this program addresses, as well as post-visit activities to extend classroom learning.

Grades 4-5

 Living History Program. Students Kids participating in the living hisotry program at Lanesfield School experience a day in the life of a child attending a one-room school in 1904! In this fully immersive program, kids are encouraged to dress up and bring a lunch pail. The program is 4 hours, targeted at 4th and 5th grade students. Admission is $150 per group, 30 people maximum, including school staff and parents.  

Living History Lite. Students get a taste of what life was like for children attending a one-room school in 1904. In this fully immersive program, kids are encouraged to dress up. This 2-hour program can be adapted to mixed-age groups K-6th grade. Admission is $75 per group, 30 people maximum, including school staff and parents.

Living History Teacher Packet: Learn more about what to expect on your class’s field trip, Social Studies standards this program addresses, as well as post-visit activities to extend classroom learning.