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 and school group behavior expectations are outlined below. We also offer in-class educational outreach programs.
Scheduling a Tour
Advanced registration is required for all group tours and programs. Tours are available Monday- Friday, from 10 am to 3 pm. Tours are typically 1.5-2 hours long.
- Group reservations require a minimum of 10 people.
- Groups larger than 100 will be scheduled over multiple time slots or days.
- Tentative dates must be confirmed within 5 business days. Afterwards unconfirmed dates can be offered to other groups.
To schedule a tour:
By Phone- Contact the Education Department at 301-864-6029
By Email- Cpam.Educators@pgparks.com
Museum admission is $2.00 per student. We require a student to adult ratio of 10:1, in order to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment for your group. All adults over this requirement will be charged the group rate of $3.00 each.
The museum does not have eating facilities. You are welcome to bring your lunches and staff can direct you to nearby picnic areas. Please be mindful that there is NO FOOD AND DRINK ALLOWED INSIDE THE MUSEUM.
CANCELLATION AND CHANGE POLICY
48 hours notice is required for cancellations or schedule changes. 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.
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.
Teacher's Guide Pre-K-Grade 2
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.
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: a 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.
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 provide 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.
School Group Behavior Guidelines
Teachers: Please review these expectations with your students and chaperones. Museums are fragile environments and school groups are larger than typical museum groups. Following museum behavior expectations is essential to the success and enjoyment of the learning experience. We reserve the right to ask a school group to leave the Museum due to behavior issues.
- No food, drink, or gum in museum galleries. The Museum provides plenty of food for thought as well as a feast for the eyes.
- Large bags are not allowed in the galleries. For the safety of the objects, visitors should leave backpacks and other large bags in the museum lobby.
- Running, pushing, and fighting are not allowed in the museum. Appropriate museum behavior is necessary to avoid bumping into or damaging artifacts.
- Keep a safe distance between you and the objects. This helps to avoid accidentally touching or bumping artifacts.
- Do not touch. Your touch may not seem like much, but even the slightest contact can damage the surface of objects, rust metal, or leave fingerprints.
- Only use pencils while writing or sketching. If an accident should occur, a pencil mark is easier to remove than pen or marker. Please avoid pointing at museum objects while holding a pencil or other items in your hand.
- No leaning on walls or cases (either to write or for physical support). This helps keep pictures on the walls and objects secure in their display case. Please feel free to sit on the benches or on the floor as you talk, write, or draw.
- Use quiet voices in the museum. We want to respect other groups or visitors.
- Stay with your group at all times. This is for teachers, chaperones, and students. We require adult supervision at all times and all we encourage adult participation during field trips.
- Limit cell phone usage. Please set a good example by not using your cell phone during programming. Make sure your cell phone is off or silenced during your visit.
- Chaperone small groups in the Museum Store. To best serve you and other visitors, we ask that you break into groups of 15 or fewer when visiting the store.
- We rely on the cooperation of teachers and chaperones to maintain appropriate behavior and keep students together during your museum experience. Please make sure that all adults accompanying your group are aware of their responsibilities.
Thank you for observing these rules to help keep our museum safe for everyone! Enjoy your visit!