Educators

Not Your Usual Stop-And-Stare or Free-Day Field Trip!

Whether for public, private, home-school, or virtual education, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Programs are designed to provide a high-quality, learning experience while maintaining the fun hands-on atmosphere that makes the field trip experience so rewarding.

Our education programs reflect Oklahoma and Texas Academic Content Standards.

Field Trips:

Monday through Friday 9:30 to 2:00 during the school year, the Heritage Center becomes a hands-on, out of school learning center where our education staff share the history, art, and culture of the Chisholm Trail, the American Cowboy, and the American West.

Under K-2nd
Animals on the trail: Science-based program looking into animals that roamed the Chisholm Trail.
Cowboys on the Trail: Cowboys were an important part of the Chisholm Trail. What helps a cowboy do his job?

Under 3rd-5th
Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 – The Abernathy Boys:
Nov. 1 – Dec. 18 – Holidays on the Trail
Jan. 4 – March 12 – History Heroes:
March 22 – May 25 – Oklahoma Land Giveaways:
On the Chisholm Trail: Sept. through May

Under 6th – 12th
Science-based field trip – Animals on the trail
Art-based field trip – Explore the 4 phases of Western Art
Collegiate
Art-based field trip – Explore the 4 phases of Western Art

Sponsors of our education programs: 

The Priddy Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Woody Creak Ranch, Arvest Bank, Walmart, Rotary Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Council, Centerpoint Energy, and our members.

Planning your visit:

Schedule a tour and/or program:
Please contact Leah Mulkey at (580) 252-6692 or email her at leah@onthechisholmtrail.com. You will receive an e-mail confirmation regarding your tour and/or program. Field trip guidelines and charges will be sent to you prior to your visit. Please call if you do not receive this information.

How much do tours and/or programs cost?

All school tour programs cost $4 per student, teachers and bus drivers receive FREE admission. Additional adults will pay $5 each and children 5-17 will pay $4. We accept cash, credit cards and checks at the time of arrival. Please make checks payable to CTHC (Chisholm Trail Heritage Center).

Title-1 schools receive free admission for students.

Where can we eat lunch?
School groups are invited to enjoy their lunch under the portico or indoors if inclement weather. All lunches and other consumable items may be stored inside the building.

How many chaperones should I bring?
We do not require chaperones. If you would like to invite parents to attend they are welcome.

Is there a gift shop?
Yes. The gift shop is open and available to students during their visit. Students will find reasonably priced souvenirs and gifts.

To enjoy the museum and keep our collection safe, please note the following:

  • Food, beverages, and gum are not allowed inside the museum.
  • Use pencils for writing or sketching
  • The museum is open to the public during school programs and or tours and we ask for your cooperation to ensure that all visitors-whether part of student programs or the general public-enjoy their museum experience.

Students with Special Needs
If you teach a class of students (or even have just one student) with learning disabilities or autism, please let us know so that we may make the necessary arrangements, if needed. We want every student’s visit to the center to be fulfilling and enjoyable, so please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

Bus Stipends
Bus stipends are available for mileage (paid at IRS rate) and $35 per driver. Please submit a letter on school letterhead stating round-trip mileage and the number of drivers. Stipends will be mailed to the school following the field trip.