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Fallingwater in spring

Family Field Trips

Family Field Trip at FallingwaterWhether 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.


Distance Workshops for School Groups

Teachers: Was your spring field trip cancelled? Take advantage of Fallingwater’s Distance Workshops for school groups. Fallingwater’s educator team leads interactive workshops for your students, connecting learning about Fallingwater to lessons in fine art, science, math, history or language arts. Fallingwater’s distance workshops are recommended for students in grades four through 12.

Price: $50 for one hour workshop for up to 30 students.

For a limited time, Fallingwater’s Distance Workshops are available for free, funded by our Lodging Partners in Education Program: Albert Gallatin, Brownsville, Central Greene, Connellsville, Frazier, Laurel Highlands, Mount Pleasant, Southmoreland, Turkeyfoot Valley and Uniontown.

Limited availability. Reservation is required.
To register, contact Amy Humbert at ahumbert@paconserve.org.


Distance Workshop 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.

Holding Up Fallingwater: Understanding Cantilevers (Fine Art, Local History, Science, Math)

  • Learn the science behind Fallingwater’s structure and why Frank Lloyd Wright chose to use cantilever construction at Bear Run.

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.

Learning from the Past (Fine Art, Art/Architecture History, Local History)

  • Fallingwater is considered to be a masterpiece of modern architecture, but what does that mean? During this workshop, explore architectural precedents from all over the world that led to Wright’s innovative design.

Gnome House Design Challenge: Precedent Study Workshop (Fine Art, Math, Science, Language Arts, Local History)

  • For teachers who are leading Fallingwater’s Gnome House Design Challenge in your virtual classrooms, this workshop includes an introduction to Fallingwater and corresponds to the precedent study step of the Design Challenge.


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.