Until we can gather again, Historic Oak View County Park is excited to offer engaging virtual field trip programs for groups. Get an interactive, educational experience from the safety and comfort of your own home.
School classes, Boy and Girl Scouts, clubs, homeschool groups, retirement communities, and other organizations can sign up for an educational program to enjoy online.
Oak View's educational programming offers opportunities for students to learn about important parts of North Carolina's diverse agricultural past through the lives and experiences of 19th and 20th century farmers. Our educators lead engaging and interactive virtual presentations, providing your students with a deeper understanding of the lives of all people, free and enslaved, landowner and landless, who lived and worked at Oak View before and after the Civil War.
Elementary School Programs
In the Farm's Kitchen
Explore daily work done in and around the farm's kitchen and how kitchen chores have changed over time. Through an engaging presentation in the 1825 plank kitchen, students will discover the story of Eliza Hutchings, an enslaved woman who worked for the Williams family, and how she built a life after Emancipation. By learning more about changes over time in daily work done in and around the farm's kitchen, students will understand how Eliza created a home and took care of her family.
Change Over Time
Explore how farm life changed over time for those living and working at Oak View after the Civil War. Through an engaging presentation in a real sharecropper's cabin, students will learn the story of Walt Williams, an enslaved man who later worked at Oak View as a sharecropper until he and his wife, Lucy, could afford their own land. By comparing farm artifacts from the 1890s and 1940s, students will understand developments in technology and how daily farm life changed over time.
Planning Your Virtual Visit
About our Virtual Field Trips
Our virtual field trips are live, Oak View educator-led presentations. Each program lasts about 30 minutes long and encourages students to think critically about the past. We are offering two of our most popular school programs for you to choose from.
There is no fee for virtual field trips. We recommend scheduling one program session per class, and we can offer multiple dates, times and program sessions to best fit your needs.
Our virtual programs use Zoom or Google Meet. Students will need internet access and either a computer, tablet or phone to join the presentation.
Each program comes with its own activity packet, offered in both PDF and Google Classroom-ready formats, to digitally extend the program content.
Our Virtual Field Trips Meet These NC Essential Standards
Kindergarten & First Grade
K.H.1 Understand change over time.
K.G.2 Understand the interaction between humans and the environment.
K.E.1 Understand basic economic concepts.
1.H.1 Understand that history tells a story of how people and events changed society over time.
1.C.1 Understand the diversity of people in the local community.
Second & Third Grade
2.H.1 Understand how various sources provide information about the past.
2.G.2 Understand the effects of humans interacting with their environment.
2.C.1 Understand how various cultures influence communities.
3.H.1 Understand how events, individuals and ideas have influenced the history of local and regional communities.
3.H.1.1 Explain key historical events that occurred in the local community and regions over time.
3.H.1.2 Analyze the impact of contributions made by diverse historical figures in local communities and regions over time.
3.H.1.3 Exemplify the ideas that were significant in the development of local communities and regions.
3.H.2 Use historical thinking skills to understand the context of events, people and places.
3.H.2.1 Explain change over time through historical narratives (events, people and places).
3.H.2.2 Explain how multiple perspectives are portrayed through historical narratives.
4.H.1 Analyze the chronology of key historical events in North Carolina history.
4.H.1.3 Explain how people, events and developments brought about changes to communities in various regions of North Carolina.
4.H.1.4 Analyze North Carolina’s role in major conflicts and wars from the Pre-Colonial period through Reconstruction.
4.G.1 Understand how human, environmental and technological factors affect the growth and development of North Carolina.
4.G.1.1 Summarize changes that have occurred in North Carolina since statehood (population growth, transportation, communication and land use).
4.G.1.3 Exemplify the interactions of various peoples, places and cultures in terms of adaptation and modification of the environment.
4.G.1.4 Explain the impact of technology (communication, transportation and inventions) on North Carolina’s citizens, past and present.
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