School Programs at Bartow-Pell
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum welcomes teachers and students to the only remaining grand country estate in Pelham Bay Park. Surrounded by woods and marshland, the mansion and carriage house depict family life in the 19th-century; a Northeast Woodlands wigwam is the centerpiece of our popular Native American program; and the children’s garden allows students to learn about science, nature, nutrition, and plants. Bartow-Pell educators use hands-on activities and inquiry-based discussions to bring the site to life. Pre- and post-visit materials reinforce our programs and supplement school curriculum.
Family Life on a 19th-Century Estate
Students explore the 19th century and make comparisons to their own modern-day lives while touring the Greek Revival mansion and carriage house. Museum educators lead discussions about the Bartow family, technology, labor, gender roles, immigration, and transportation. Participants also create a thaumatrope, a 19th-century moving-image toy. Grades K and up
19th-Century Toys & Games
This seasonal program offers students a tour of the mansion with educator-led discussions on the lifestyle and pastimes of 19th-century children. Afterwards, students engage in physical activity by playing traditional outdoor games such as graces and hoops. Grades K–8
The Original Bronx Natives: Who Were They?
Our Northeast Woodlands wigwam sets the scene for this seasonal outdoor interactive program on Lenape culture and lifestyle. Students learn about shelter, clothing, food, language, and customs; handle actual artifacts; search for animal tracks; and make a Native American craft. Grades K and up
Children's Gardening at Historic Bartow-Pell
This curriculum-based, hands-on program allows students to experience a variety of activities in an organic garden from seed planting to harvesting while learning about environmental stewardship, ecology, sustainability, plant cycles, nutrition, and more. Included is a Three Sisters garden component supplementing our Native American school programs. Grades K–5
All programs are approximately 90 minutes
Cost: $90 per class
To book a program, call 718-885-1461 or email email@example.com