Hart Museum Santa Clarita Outreach Programs
The William S. Hart museum offers two classroom programs for 3rd and 4th grade students. Each session lasts just under an hour and we can accommodate up to three classes a day. Both programs tie into standard curriculums in the area, so as a result it is only available for Santa Clarita schools. The interactive nature of these outreaches allows students to physically engage with history and actively participate with the teaching points. They both also provide crafts that students can bring home with them at the end of the session
The fall program is called Acorn, Sea, and Sage and it focuses on Chumash and Tataviam Native American daily life prior to the Spanish arrival. After a brief talk involving artifacts, the students get to interact with docent-led stations where they can do things like grind acorns.
In the spring, we offer 500 Years of Santa Clarita History, which takes students on a journey through time to see how the Santa Clarita Valley evolved into what it is today. The program structure is the same as above, but the content and activities are linked to more western themes like gold mining.
If your school is interested in booking a session or would like more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hart Museum is an excellent resource to complement classroom curriculum. With the Museum's focus on California Native Americans, local Santa Clarita Valley history, and early Hollywood history, elementary school students of all ages gain a deeper appreciation of their classroom studies when they visit the Hart Museum. Not to mention, a visit to the Hart Museum is a chance for the students to compare and contrast their modern-day lives with daily life almost 100 years ago!
One guided 30-minute tour is scheduled for each class that visits on a field trip. If more than one class is scheduled, the tour start times for each class are staggered at 15-minute intervals. Each class should have 1 adult for every 10 students. The tours are age and curriculum appropriate, and the Museum welcomes all ages and grades (including preschool).
School tours can be scheduled by calling the Hart Museum at (661) 254-4584 or via email at email@example.com. School tours are free, and times available are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 10:00am and 11:30am. A confirmation packet will be sent with information for the date of the visit including times scheduled for the tours, where to park buses, how to reach the Museum's Mansion, and what else to see in Hart Park.
LAUSD schools are encouraged to contact the School Journeys Program at (213) 580-2952 to schedule their visits to the Hart Museum.