All Field Trips are Currently Suspended

We understand that you would love to have your students explore history at Heritage Square, but our budget and staffing has yet to return to pre-COVID levels, so we are unable to restart our field trip program at this time. Our educational  Traveling Trunks are available and can be rented. Please fill out the online form or contact us at sarah.matchette@heritagesquarephx.org to ask about booking a trunk. Check out our History at Home page for a bundle of activities, recipes, and staff recommendations.  Our blog is also chock-full of fascinating history – give it a read! Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the Square again soon!

Field Trip: Experience Life in 1900

“Experience Life in 1900” is a two-hour, interactive field trip program that offers four exciting learning stations. Your students will rotate through the stations in small groups, allowing for a personal and hands-on experience. The stations include –

  • Tour the Rosson House: Start with a map of Phoenix in 1885 to put the Rosson House in context. Then, take a tour of the Rosson House introducing school children to the Goldberg family with their two young daughters Selma and Hazel, and baby brother, Chester. Trained docents help students explore themes including early Phoenix, technology, transportation, and 19th century lifeways.
  • Experience 19th c. Chores: Using both real and reproduction artifacts, students learn first-hand about the chores their turn-of-the-century counterparts may have done. They wash laundry using a scrub board, wringer and clothesline, beat the dust out of rugs, and try their hands at old fashioned vacuums and irons.
  • Become History Detectives: While exploring historic documents and photos, students become detectives, developing theories about territorial Phoenix and the Goldberg girls based on primary source evidence.
  • Play 19th century Games: Hoop and Stick was once a favored outdoor game. Students try their hand at controlling the wooden hoops while racing their classmates.

Age Group: “Experience Life in 1900” is geared for third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms. It meets the Arizona Department of Learning Standards for Social Studies Strand 1 – American History, Social Studies Strand 4 – Geography and Science Strand 3 – Science in Personal and Social Perspectives. Follow this link for more details on curriculum alignment.

Cost: $6/students, $6/chaperones, Free/teachers. Discounts for Title I schools

Time: Program length is 2 hours. Our staff is flexible and happy to work with you to create a custom field trip just for your group.

Availability: Field trips are usually scheduled on Tuesday mornings or afternoons, but can be offered on other days depending upon availability.

Transportation: We’re on the light-rail, so click here if you plan to travel on mass transit.

Group size: A minimum of 10 children over 5 is required to book a field trip; we can accommodate groups as large as 60 children.

More than 60 students?  Add more stations to keep group size to 15 students. Each station adds 20 minutes to the field trip.

  • Guess the Artifact: Handle actual historic objects that were common in the 19th century but are no longer in use. We will use our detective skills to determine what they are and discuss the technical innovations which made them obsolete.
  • Mapping Early Phoenix: Tour an exhibit that explores the growth of Territorial Phoenix from it’s original half square mile.
  • Map Scavenger Hunt: Reinforce geographic standards with this activity where students use a map to explore Heritage Square and win a prize!

Your group is welcome to have lunch on site. We offer picnic style space in shade or sun. Just let us know when you book your visit.

View our field trip policies here.

For more information about field trips, contact our staff via email or at 602-388-8090.