Hands-on learning opportunities

The landmark colonial-era attractions in Williamsburg offer one-of-a-kind activities in-person or remotely via countless virtual learning experiences that combine education and entertainment (emphasis on entertainment!). Additionally, during fall and spring Homeschool Days, homeschoolers and their families receive special discounted rates at many area museums. Upcoming Homeschool Day programming available: September 4-26, 2021.

Visit Williamsburg partnered with a local homeschool educator to showcase unique ways to incorporate educational lessons into a family trip to Williamsburg. Hands-on learning opportunities covered include: Black history and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).   

Colonial Williamsburg invites homeschoolers, virtual learners, and their families to experience revolutionary educational opportunities from September 11-26. Many historic sites, trades, and gardens are open and feature socially distanced costumed interpreters. Educators are invited to create a free account on Colonial Williamsburg’s Education Resource Library for access to videos, lesson plans, learning games, and more for all grade levels. Additional virtual resources include Colonial Williamsburg TV, virtual tours, live interactions and chats with Nation Builders and craftsmen, and electronic field trips.

At Jamestown Settlement, America's first permanent English colony comes to life through film, gallery exhibits, and outdoor living history, while the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown tells the story of the nation’s founding. Both museums offer a virtual learning center with curriculum-based education materials, and distance learning through video conferencing allows students to interact with museum instructors and explore the three cultures that converged at Jamestown. During this year’s “Homeschool Program Days,” September 4-19, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will offer special admission that includes in-person access to 90-minute guided tours and education stations where families can explore a variety of historical topics, as well as, critical thinking.

Visit the original site of the first permanent English settlement in America at Historic Jamestowne, and watch Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists excavate James Fort. Launched in early 2021, a series of videos and interactive maps create a virtual experience with tours of the archaeological site of James Fort and the Archaearium. For distant learners, an educator will remotely bring Jamestown’s history and archeology to your school via Virtual Classroom Programs and homeschooling parents can download lesson plans to dig deeper and introduce recent research to students in a fun and challenging manner.

Discover what it took for the United States to be independent by exploring the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown Battlefield. Children through age 12 can earn a Certificate of Merit and a badge with the successful completion of the battlefield’s Junior Ranger Program. 


For more information, contact publicrelations@visitwilliamsburg.com