Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site

Just For Kids

Traveling Trunks

Traveling Trunks

"The trunks are designed so that teachers and students anywhere in the country can receive hands-on educational materials, with lesson plans, delivered to their door. When the school is finished, they repack the trunk and send it back to us." The only cost associated with "borrowing" a trunk is postage; about $30.00 to $35.00 will pay for shipping and return to us (Library Rate).

The traveling trunk provides educators with materials that will aid students when studying the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. These materials are provided by a grant from the National Park Foundation's Parks as Classrooms program. Materials include reproduction period items such as a writing slate, clay marbles, a log cabin model, clothing, and authentic recipes. Also included are photographs, a curriculum guide, audiovisual resources, and a narrative.

Traveling Trunk Policies

Schools located in Central Kentucky should ask about our living history program, "A Walk Through Lincoln's Life" which is an on-site educational program presented each year. The program will be Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

For Kids

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM Children are encouraged to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. Program objectives are:

  • Help children learn about Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President
  • Develop in the child an appreciation of our natural and cultural resources
  • Encourage children to learn more about our heritage

Program booklet and patch are available for purchase at the Birthplace Unit Visitor Center.

Children of all ages can built their own log cabin using Lincoln Logs.

  • Lincoln Logs touch-table; use the miniature logs to build your own cabin
  • Tour the recreated pioneer life style cabin in the Birthplace Unit Visitor Center
  • See how early settlers build their homes and the tools they used to tame the land

Join a park ranger in fun and learning that the whole family can enjoy. Programs pertain to:

  • Wildflowers
  • Trees and leaves
  • Birds
  • And much more

Programs offered seasonally at the Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek. Check in at the Ranger Station for details.

Other activities at the Park include guided tours, and the movie, Lincoln: The Kentucky Years, to engage the public's interest in the Park's cultural and natural history. Special programs are available to groups, call for reservations.

The "Traveling Trunk" program is available for use by schools and educational groups. Trunks contain curriculum guides, videos, games, toys, period clothing, and many other items representative of Lincoln's life. Trunks can be reserved by calling (270) 358-3137. Borrowers must pay mailing costs.

The National Park Service has instituted a web-based program called Web Ranger where children can have fun and earn awards in the Junior Ranger programs. The educational pages are designed to help all students and teachers interested in their natural and cultural heritage. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/webrangers/

Be A Junior Ranger

Program booklets are available free of charge at the Birthplace Unit Visitor Center.