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College Park Aviation Museum offers a variety of educational tours which utilize our permanent exhibits and include interactive, hands-on activities to extend learning beyond the classroom, and to excite students about the history and science of flight.

Our tours are designed to address grade-appropriate Common Core and Maryland educational standards, and can be modified to accommodate a wide range of learning abilities. Descriptions of our tours are outlined below.

We also offer in-class educational outreach programs.

Changes in Transportation Tour

PRE-K THROUGH ADULT GROUPS

Museum visitors will travel through time, from the early years of the Wright Brothers’ airplanes through present-day, and experience how and why airplanes have changed. They will enjoy a hands-on experience of becoming a pilot, and see how flight gear changed as airplanes improved.

On the tour, visitors will also have a chance to fly our imagination plane and learn how flying controls have changed through the years. Weather permitting, they will also get to venture outside to see up close how the oldest continuously operating airport in the world operates today.

PDF Teacher's Guide Pre-K-Grade 2
PDF Teacher's Guide Grades 3-5 

Flying Through Books! Tour

Nursery school and pre-K Children

Students will learn about how airplanes have changed from the early years of aviation through present-day. They will enjoy a hands-on experience of becoming a pilot, and enjoy interactive activities in our hands-on room and instructional space. 

PDF Flying Through Books! Teacher's Guide

During the tour, you can choose to focus on one of three different topics, each with a corresponding storybook, activities, and crafts.

  • The Wright Brothers: the story reading takes place in front of the Wright B airplane, and the story and activities focus on the Wright Brothers and their first flight.

  • Airmail Pilots: retelling of the story takes place in front of the Curtiss “Jenny”, and the story and activities focus on air mail and the lives of air mail pilots.

  • Helicopters: the story reading takes place in front of the 1924 Berliner helicopter, the first helicopter to make a controlled flight. The story and activities focus on the use of helicopters and their differences from airplanes.

  • Students will also get to venture outside to see up close how the oldest continuously operating airport in the world is still operating today, if time and weather allow.

Exploring Airmail Tour

Upper Elementary through Adult Groups

Our Exploring Airmail Tour focuses on the important figures and flights involved during the start of the Postal Service airmail deliveries from 1918 to 1921.  The Museum provides a unique and special outlook on this time period as the College Park Airport was the site of the first airmail delivery. Visitors will have the chance to explore the history of airmail while examining planes, artifacts, and primary source documents in the museum.  Groups will also see the practical application of the technologies and navigational aids important to the pilots while participating in hands-on activities. 

For interested groups, this tour and packet provides activities that align with Common Core and STEM standards.

Teacher's Guide Grades 3-6

Women in Aviation Tour

Girl scouts and groups of all ages

Our Women in Aviation Tour details womens' experiences in aviation at the College Park Airport and with the airplanes we have on display, from the earliest days of aviation to the present day. 

Visitors will hear stories that showcase the achievements of several great women and discuss the opportunities and challenges for women in aviation and science careers.  For interested groups, this tour also includes a STEM related experiment or activity, free time in our Hands-On Learning Room, and the opportunity to climb inside of an airplane.

Military History Tour

High School and Adult Groups

As the first US military aviation field and the oldest continuously operating airport in the world, the College Park Airport has seen many important firsts of military aviation.

Visitors will learn about the site’s early days as the first Army Aviation School, experiments and achievements in military aviation, the development of helicopters, and World War II industry in Prince George’s County.

Visitors will get to see airplanes developed for Army use, including training airplanes from World War I and World War II.  

This tour is great for high school groups, including ROTC programs, to learn more about the history of military aviation and how it relates to the collections of the College Park Aviation Museum.

For interested groups, this tour also includes a STEM related experiment or activity and the opportunity to climb inside of an airplane.

Scheduling a Tour

Advanced registration is required for all group tours and programs. Tours are available Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 3 pm. Tours are typically 1.5-2 hours long.
   
    By Phone - Jane Welsh or Jocelyn Knauf at 301-864-6029 
    By Fax - Fax the registration form to 301-927-6472 
    By Email - jane.welsh@pgparks.com or jocelyn.knauf@pgparks.com

COST

Museum admission is $2 per student; staff are admitted FREE; and the cost is $3 per each additional chaperone. Adult groups are charged at the group rate of $3 per person.

LUNCH FACILITIES

The museum has an outdoor eating area overlooking the Airport available to groups for use during pleasant weather. The museum will provide parachutes for the group to sit on as well as trash and recycling receptacles.

Please be mindful that there is NO FOOD AND DRINK ALLOWED INSIDE THE MUSEUM.

CANCELLATION AND CHANGE POLICY

If your plans change and you are unable to make it for a scheduled program, we ask that you notify us at least 48 hours in advance. We will be glad to reschedule your program for a later date.

In the case of inclement weather or school closures we will gladly contact you to reschedule.