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! 

Program Descriptions @ Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

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

Admission: $6 per child, $5 per adult; 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.  (Approximately 45 minutes).

Offered the first Wednesday each month; parents need to stay with their children.  This program can also be booked as a field trip.

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. (Approximately 2 hours).

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. (Approximately 2 hours).
Adaptable for students 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. (Approximately 2 hours). Adaptable for students in middle school.

Program Descriptions @ Lanesfield Historic Site

Pre-Visit Materials:

  • Read about George's experience in the story "Not a Bad Day After All" and learn some tips to make your field trip the best it can be!
  • 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. 

4-5 Grade

Kids participating in the living hisotry program at Lanesfield School Lanesfield Living History Program.  Students 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.  (Approximately 4 1/2 hours).

Admission  is $130 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 as well as pre- and post-visit ideas to extend class learning.

K - 3rd Grade

Keith Philpott copyrighted image of boy_Lanesfield programFarm 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 of 60.  (Approximately 2 hours).

Admission is $3 per person; School staff receive complimentary admission.

Farm Family Teacher Packet:  Learn more about what to expect on your class's field trip as well as pre- and post-visit ideas to extend class learning.