School Programs

Fallingwater in spring

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of our visitors, Fallingwater is currently operating in a reduced capacity in accordance with CDC and state safety guidelines. Group field trips and on-site professional development for teachers are on hold until further notice. In the interim, we present opportunities for Virtual Field Trips, on-site Family Field Trips, distance learning for home school students, Design Challenge lesson plans for teachers and virtual professional development for teachers.

 

Virtual Field Trips for School Groups

Take advantage of Fallingwater’s Virtual Field Trips for school groups. Fallingwater’s educator team leads an interactive look at the interior of Fallingwater, combined with a workshop for your students, connecting learning about Fallingwater to lessons in fine art, science, math, history or language arts. Fallingwater’s virtual field trips are recommended for students in grades three through 12.

Price: $50 for one-hour workshop for up to 30 students. Also available for FREE on a limited basis for schools in the following PA counties: Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.

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Virtual Field Trip Themes

Fallingwater: History and Design (Fine Art, Local History)

  • Fallingwater is considered to be the best example of Wright’s work. Learn about organic architecture, the Kaufmann family, Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater and its site. Try your hand at designing in harmony with nature.

Drawing Fallingwater: Learn to Make Architectural Drawings (Fine Art, Math, Local History)

  • Explore Fallingwater’s architectural drawings and try your hand at creating floor plans, elevations and more, at your home.

 

Family Field Trips

Whether students are studying at school or home this year, Fallingwater invites families with children in grades K-12 to enjoy the outdoors through an exploration of architecture and nature on one of our Family Field Trips. During a private exterior tour of the house and its landscape, families learn about the science, technology, art and history of Fallingwater through a series of engaging activities.

Family Field Trips include:

  • Private outdoor experience of Fallingwater that examines the house’s exterior from the landscape and many of the open-air terraces. Individual family groups can include up to six people.
  • Fun learning activities that engage students through observation, sketching, demonstration, and reflection. Activities meet Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Academic Standards in social studies, arts and humanities.
  • Fallingwater souvenir bag for students.

Reservations are required in advance. Up to six people per group. Children 6 years old and younger receive complimentary admission.

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Free Family Field Trips for Local Families

Fallingwater Family Field Trips are free for local families with students in grades K-12 who are currently attending school in one of the following nearby school districts: Albert Gallatin, Brownsville, Central Greene, Connellsville, Frazier, Laurel Highlands, Mount Pleasant, Southmoreland, Turkeyfoot Valley and Uniontown.

Apply for a free Family Field Trip. Availability is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. No more than six family members, per household, are eligible for free admission through the Family Field Trips tour.

Free Family Field Trips for local families and students are made possible by the generosity of Fallingwater’s Lodging Partners in Education and the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.

 

Design Challenges: Lesson Plans for Teachers

Fallingwater’s design challenges are completed by students from all over the world. Students are invited to share their work virtually and in the future at our annual design symposium.

Gnome House Design Challenge for Grades 4-7

  • Students explore the steps of the architectural design process while designing a custom house for a unique client – a gnome! Lessons connect fine art, design, science, math, language arts and history.

My Museum Design Challenge for Grades 5-12

  • Students observe the steps of the design process while exploring museum studies during this design challenge. Students curate their own, personal museum at home. Lessons connect fine art, design, science, math, language arts and history.

For information, email Max Adzema at madzema@paconserve.org.