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There are a ton of educational opportunities available at Val-Kill. If visitors want an in-depth and behind the scenes glimpse of Val-Kill, they should participate in a guided tour. If you want an in-depth experience at Val-Kill, but don’t want to follow a tour guide, you can always take a cell phone tour.
Cell phone tours are a new and innovative educational experience at Val-Kill and the rest of Hyde Park. Accessing the cell phone tour is super easy. All you have to do is call 845-475-3819 and enter the stop number, which is located on various markers throughout the area. Then, you can enjoy a free audio file that gives you in-depth details about that stop. Aside from public guided tours and cell phone tours, Val-Kill offers other educational opportunities such as, workshops, classes, and school field trips.
One of the most popular educational opportunities at Val-Kill is the Courageous Writers program. This program is available for teenagers aged 12 to 16. Throughout this program, teenagers are able to learn about the fundamentals of writing. This program is one week long and occurs each summer. Instructors help participants use the historic setting of Val-Kill to influence and create a foundation for their writing.
Aside from the educational opportunities available for general visitors, children, and teenagers at Val-Kill, there are a ton of educational programs for teachers. These programs are designed to encourage teachers to utilize more history within their lessons and activities. In addition to encouraging teachers to utilize history to the best of their ability, these programs demonstrate how history can be taught and utilized in a fun and engaging way. Some of the educational opportunities available for educators at Val-Kill include an educational blog titled, “FDR, Eleanor, and Teddy: Teaching the Roosevelts”, and Teaching with Historic Places, which are specially designed lesson plans.
For more information about guided tours, Courageous Writers, educator programs, or any other educational opportunity at Val-Kill, be sure to check out the landmark’s official website, or contact or visit them during their hours of operation.
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56,Valkill Park Rd,Hyde Park,NY,12538-2348, Phone: 845-229-9422