• Educational Programs

    Winner of the 2016 Award of Project Excellence from the Washington Museum Association!

     

     

    Bringing Tacoma's birthplace to life

    through interactive learning

    for elementary students and our community

  • Schools Outreach Program

    "Thank you for the best field trip ever!"

    -Fourth grade student

    “The curriculum was excellent! By the time we finished the materials, my kids thought Job Carr was a rock star!!”

    – Elementary school teacher

     

    “Thank you so much for the outstanding visit today for our homeschoolers! You exceeded our expectations in a grand way. The kids and parents are all bragging about the great day. Bravo!”

    – Homeschool parent

    “Thanks again. It was a fun well-timed field trip. I look forward to doing this again next year. I will certainly tell other preschool co-ops how much fun we had.”

    – Preschool Coordinator

    “The tour of the museum and subsequent tour of the neighborhood was wonderful! Students are still full of impressions and excitement”

    – High school teacher

    “I had a blast. It was really fun. You guys taught me some new things I didn’t know. I like when we made butter and had gunny sack races. I can’t wait to come again. It was a really awesome field trip.”

    – Third grade student

  • Field Trips

    Visit the “Birthplace of Tacoma” and experience a taste of pioneer life.

    Choose from a variety of options to make your field trip a special memory:

    • Listen as living history performers bring the Oregon Trail to life.

    • Step inside the Cabin to see how early settler’s lived.

    • Create a quilt square and shake cream into butter.

    • Play with old-fashioned toys and try on pioneer costumes.

    • Sing folk songs or learn to circle dance.

    • Compliment your field trip with a walking tour of Old Town Tacoma's historic sites.

    Schedule your field trip today!

    Discover the past with hands-on activities for elementary school students.

     

    Public and private schools are welcome at the Museum, as well as scout groups. We can accommodate groups with a minimum of 6 children and up to a maximum of 120 students per day.

     

    Field trips typically begin on weekday mornings when the Museum is closed to other visitors. The time commitment ranges from one to four hours, depending on which activities you choose, the age of the students, and the number of participants.

     

    Field trips are rain or shine, with both indoor and outdoor activities.

     

    School groups often bring sack lunches to enjoy in Old Town Park during a visit to the Museum. In case of rain, a covered area with picnic tables is available.

     

    Find out more about what you can expect your students to learn when they visit the Cabin on a field trip.

    Our field trips are fee-free!

    We want every child in Tacoma to have the opportunity to experience the Cabin and learn about local history.

     

    If your school or PTA would like to donate to support the Cabin’s education programs, please contact our staff.

  • Traveling Trunks

    Bring the Museum to your classroom!

    We are pleased to offer this FREE hands-on social studies curriculum with everything a 3rd or 4th grade teacher needs for a fun and creative history experience.

     

    Follow Tacoma’s first pioneer, Job Carr, as he makes his trip west with lessons that include stories, activities, art projects and more!

     

    Our school trunks are in high-demand by educators throughout Puget Sound. The lesson plans are meticulously thought out and easy to follow. Teachers and home school groups consistently rate our trunks as outstanding and engaging.

    3rd- & 4th-grade curriculum materials

    The third grade curriculum was designed by a Tacoma public school teacher in 2004 and endorsed by the Tacoma School District.

     

    Our new fourth grade curriculum was unveiled in Fall 2014 and educators have given it rave reviews. Created in collaboration with a team of Tacoma Public School teachers, the new lesson plans meet current fourth grade Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Washington State Social Studies expectations.

    Reserve a trunk for your classroom today!

    The average reservation period for a traveling trunk is 25 school days. When making a reservation, please let us know your preferred month to use the kit.

     

    Enhance your classroom learning experience with a field trip to the Cabin and a walking tour of Old Town Tacoma.

  • Homeschool Field Trip Days

    Choose from 6 homeschool field trip experiences during the 2019-2020 school year.

    Participate in an interactive pioneer experience for homeschool cooperatives and families.

    All of our 2019 homeschool field trip days are full. We are accepting waitlist registration.

     

    Space is limited for these FREE homeschool field trip days. Students must be registered in advance.

     

    Due to an unexpectedly high volume of interest and as courtesy to other homeschool families, we request that you please select one program per school year.

    • Discover what life was life for kids traveling the Oregon Trail.
    • Learn about everyday life in a frontier town.
    • Compare how living in a modern home is different than a pioneer log cabin.
    • Play with old-fashioned toys and try out pioneer games.
    • Sing folk songs and hear stories about life before cars, light bulbs and video games.
    • Create your own take-home craft.
    • Explore Old Town Tacoma with a scavenger hunt or guided tour.

    FULL, WAITLIST ONLY - Homeschool Explorers

    Friday, November 1, 2019

    Designed for ages 5-10*

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Museum Program

    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 pm. Optional: Lunch Break in Old Town Park and Self-guided Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

     

    *Children under age 5 are welcome to accompany older siblings. Activities may not be developmentally appropriate for younger children to fully participate.

    FULL, WAITLIST ONLY - Homeschool Pioneers

    Friday, February 21, 2020

    Designed for ages 4-7*

    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Museum Program

     

    Optional: after the field trip, bring sack lunches and enjoy the playground in Old Town Park.

     

    *Children under age 4 are welcome to accompany older siblings. Activities may not be developmentally appropriate for younger children to fully participate.

    FULL, WAITLIST ONLY - Homeschool Pioneers

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    Designed for ages 4-7*

    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Museum Program

     

    Optional: after the field trip, bring sack lunches and enjoy the playground in Old Town Park.

     

    *Children under age 4 are welcome to accompany older siblings. Activities may not be developmentally appropriate for younger children to fully participate.

    FULL, WAITLIST ONLY - Homeschool Adventurers

    Friday, April 17, 2020

    Designed for ages 9-12

    10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Museum Program

     

    Includes a guided walking tour in Old Town Tacoma and time for a lunch break in Old Town Park. Bring sack lunches.

    FULL, WAITLIST ONLY - Homeschool Explorers

    Thursday, April 30, 2020

     

    Designed for ages 5-10

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Museum Program

    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 pm. Optional: Lunch Break in Old Town Park and Self-guided Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

     

    *Children under age 5 are welcome to accompany older siblings. Activities may not be developmentally appropriate for younger children to fully participate.

    FULL, WAITLIST ONLY - Homeschool Explorers

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Designed for ages 5-10

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Museum Program

    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 pm. Optional: Lunch Break in Old Town Park and Self-guided Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

     

    *Children under age 5 are welcome to accompany older siblings. Activities may not be developmentally appropriate for younger children to fully participate.

    Please note that all of our 2019 homeschool field trip days are full. We are accepting waitlist registration.

    Admission to the Museum and our education programs are offered free of charge.

     

    All students must be accompanied by an adult chaperone who must remain with the student throughout the field trip.

     

    Homeschool cooperatives with 5+ students (ages 6-10) are also welcome to reserve our social studies traveling trunk.

  • Preschool Field Trips

    Bring your preschool group to the museum for an early learning field trip.

    Early Learning Programs

    Bring your preschoolers to the museum

    We offer 45-90 minute early learning visits packed with stories, play, crafts and games. Children ages 3-6 participate in hands-on activities while learning about local history and their community. They can try on pioneer costumes, play with wooden toys, design a quilt, and find out about what life was like for kids in the past.

     

    Field trip groups can also bring sack lunches and enjoy the playground in Old Town Park.

     

    We can accommodate groups with a minimum of 6 children.

     

    Advance reservation is required.

    Our Field Trips are Fee-Free

    Field trips are rain or shine, with both indoor and outdoor activities.

     

    School groups often bring sack lunches to enjoy in Old Town Park during a visit to the Museum. In case of rain, a covered area with picnic tables is available.

     

    We want every child in Tacoma to have the opportunity to experience the Cabin and learn about local history.

  • Walking Tours

    Schedule a walking tour today!

     

    Want to explore Tacoma history in-person? Schedule a history walk for your school or community group. We’ll visit Old Town Tacoma’s historic sites and share tales about the people who lived here over 100 years ago.

     

    We can show you many of Tacoma's important firsts. Join us to discover where Job’s cabin originally stood, the site of the first schoolhouse, first hotel, first jail, first church, first hospital, and first main street.

     

    Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides can discuss the immigrants, fishing, tall ships, timber and railroad that were all so important to the beginning of Tacoma.

     

    We also offer customized tours for middle school, high school and college classes with areas of study including Washington state history, migration and immigration, women's stories, and the industry's that put Tacoma on the map.

     

    History walks are best suited for ages 9 to adult.

  • Cabin Video

    See and hear how visitors have fun with history at Job Carr Cabin Museum.

    2016 Pioneer Days

    During our annual community festival, teachers talk about our Schools Outreach Program.

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