Looking for educational programs that are right for your class? The Watkins offers classroom visits (in-person & virtual) and field trips for pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school students. To schedule your experience with the Watkins Museum or discuss options for developing a custom program, contact:

Cherrie Preut, Education Coordinator
(785) 841-4109
[email protected]

Watkins Museum Tours & Field Trips:

Douglas County SchoolsFREE
Douglas County Daycares$2 per child
Schools/Daycares Outside of Douglas County$5 per student

NEW Maggie Herrington Tour

Learn what life was like for a young Lawrence citizen.

NEW Women of Wonder

Learn about women who helped Lawrence develop and thrive.

Other Tours:

  • Quantrill’s Raid and the Civil War
  • Life in Early Lawrence
  • The Watkins Building
  • Filmmaking in Lawrence and Douglas County
  • Agriculture/Agribusiness
  • Railroads

Watkins Museum Classes

Maggie Herrington Journal-Class Activity

Use excerpts from Maggie’s journal to learn about her life in early Lawrence. May be done at your school or at the museum

Douglas County Partner Tours/Field Trips:

Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum Tours/Field Trips

Communities of the Wakarusa Valley in Douglas County: Richland.

Eudora Community Museum

Then and Now…Communities Establish and Evolve Tour/Field Trip.

Territorial Capital Museum

Lecompton – The Birthplace of the Civil War Tour/Field Trip.

History Day

History Day is a year long learning opportunity for students in grades six through twelve, that offers students the opportunity to explore topics that interests them. They conduct research, using primary and secondary resources, and then analyze the information, in light of an over-arching historical theme or question.

For more information, visit Kansas History Day’s website.

Homeschool History

Looking for a fun activity for your homeschool child? The Watkins shares Lawrence history with homeschool students ages 5-12 every month through the school year.  Each month we will study a topic based on Lawrence and/or Douglas County History.  We will spend time in the galleries and use artifacts to learn about the citizens of the past.  We will explore our topics with hands-on activities, arts, and crafts. This activity may be attended by the student’s adult or can be a drop off program for ages 5-12.

There is no cost for these activities, but donations are appreciated.