Pennsylvania

Steamtown National Historic Site

Relive the past at Steamtown National Historic site! Learn how anthracite coal fueled the industrial revolution and helped pioneer the development of the transcontinental railway system. During ranger-led programs, groups can learn about local geology and coal formation, experiment with simple machines and the technology used to develop steam power, and consider the jobs of the people who kept the trains running. Self-guided tours are also welcome, and short train rides are available in season. A museum scavenger hunt is also available. Snacks and cold beverages are available at the Bookstore. Reserve your trip at least four weeks in advance.
 
Contact Info
Address: 1 Cliff Street, Scranton, PA 18503. Lackawanna County. Tel: 570-340-5306. Website: www.nps.gov/stea. Hrs: Vary.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 3rd-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Cost: Fee. 
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Railroad Excursion Lesson Plan

Did you know that before the invention of the railroad, Americans told time by the position of the sun in the sky? After the development of the railway system, Standard Railway Time was adopted to tell time more accurately. Students gain an understanding of how the railroad impacted many facets of American life. ... Continue