Educational Programs & Resources
Given Thomas Jefferson’s belief that knowledge was “the common property of all mankind,” Poplar Forest strives to offer a broad array of educational programs and resources, for history students of all ages.
An Historic Approach to Learning
Through our educational efforts, including on-site field trips for younger students and accredited courses for advanced learners, we aim to promote the continued discovery of Jefferson’s vision, accurately tell the too-often ignored stories of enslaved people, and bring focus to the history and culture of the Revolutionary Era.
Hands on History
Enjoy a day of discovery at Poplar Forest with “Hands On History,” offering an array of learning activities for students in grades 2–12.
Poplar Forest is proud to provide free lesson plans, study sheets and bibliographies, helpful to parents, students and teachers.
We offer opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students who have previous field training or are looking for more experience in a research-oriented setting.
Archaeology Field School
This program provides a foundation in current methods and theories of historical archaeology, along with an introduction to the practical skills of site survey and excavation.