One of the Washington County Historical Society’s major activities is providing educational programs to schools, youth groups, and parents. There are several options for learning opportunities for your students!

Downloadable Curriculum

WCHS and the Arcola Mills Foundation have created two unit curriculum units for educators. They are free to download and use! We would appreciate an e-mail to information@wchsmn.org if you’re using them in classroom teaching or another educational setting.

Click on the links below to be taken to the Google Drive file where the file is available for download.

St. Croix Valley Lumbering Unit

*A field trip to the Washington County Heritage Center pairs well with this curriculum!

Stillwater Interactive Biography Profiles

*A trunk containing the featured objects is available on loan for classroom use. Please contact information@wchsmn.org for more information.

Field Trips and Group Visits

Washington County Heritage Center

Our newest museum is highly interactive and an excellent hands-on learning opportunity for students of any age. Learn more about the Washington County Heritage Center here. The parking lot has plenty of space for busses, and the Education Center works well for large group activities.

The Washington County Heritage Center is open year-round.

Contact Site Manager Emily Krawczewski at emily.krawczewski@wchsmn.org or 651-439-2298 for more details and to set up a visit.

Need some curriculum ideas before planning your trip? We have you covered!

Hay Lake School & Erickson Log Home

One of our most popular offerings is the turn-of-the-century school experience at Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia.

The museum is open May-October, but group visits outside of this season can be arranged.

Contact WCHS at information@wchsmn.org or 651-439-5956 for more details and to set up a visit.

In our century-old brick schoolhouse, elementary school children will:

  • Read and recite from 100-year-old primers
  • Work arithmetic on slate boards
  • Study geography on 19th-century maps
  • Compete in a spelling bee
  • Eat a “home-made” lunch
  • Play Victorian games at recess
  • Learn a song children sang long ago
  • Learn to write with a “quill” pen
  • Take a unique tour of a pioneer log home

Students are invited to spend a day in the Hay Lake Museum’s authentic one-room schoolhouse. This full-day experience is offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is just $1 per child (with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 40 children).

For extra fun, students are encouraged to wear period costumes (think “Little House on the Prairie”!) and bring their lunches in metal cans.

Warden’s House Museum

The Warden’s House Museum provides a great opportunity for students to learn about life in late 1800s and early 1900s times. Think peacock feathers and ornate decorations!

The museum is open May-October, but group visits outside of this season can be arranged.

Contact Site Manager Kyle TePoel at kyle.tepoel@wchsmn.org or 651-439-5956 for more details and to set up a visit.