George Washington Carver National Monument

George Washington Carver National Monument

Just For Kids

Materials For Loan

What is the Traveling Trunk Program?

The Traveling Trunk program consists of activities for elementary and middle school students. The trunks can be shipped to schools, libraries, museums, and other groups across the United States. These trunks are wonderful educational tools from which children of all ages may learn. George Washington Carver National Monument ships the trunks to borrowers. Borrowers are responsible for return shipping fees.

George Washington Carver Traveling Trunk

The George Washington Carver Traveling Trunk is an overview of Dr. Carver's life. This trunk contains a variety of hands-on objects, photographs, books, posters, costumes, videos, and supportive instructional materials related to the life and work of Dr. Carver. The trunk contains a simple science experiment to help children learn.

Tuskegee Airmen Traveling Trunk

The Tuskegee Airmen trunk contains a video, slide shows, posters, books, charts, models, and brochures about the African-American Air Corps formed during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of exclusively African-American pilots, navigators, and instructors who were based at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama from 1940 to 1946.

African American Traveling Trunk

The African-American Traveling Trunk contains books, videos, games, costumes, and many types of hands-on learning tools. The theme of this trunk is African-American history as told through the National Park Service. People and places included in the trunk are George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute, Maggie L. Walker, Mary McLeod Bethune, and others. Available in a large size only, the African-American trunk is used locally by teachers and groups who can come to the park and pick it up. (local pick-up only)


Boyhood of George Washington Carver

Carver Man of Vision

George Washington Carver (Kaw Valley Films, Inc.)

The Peanut Man: George Washington Carver

For Kids

George Washington Carver National Monument is a fun place to visit! Plan to spend a couple of hours or a whole day discovering nature, trying out experiments and learning about George Washington Carver.

Be a Junior Ranger! Earn a badge by learning about Geroge's boyhood home. Students can complete the Junior Ranger Program on a single visit or by making reservations in advance to participate in Junior Ranger Day. A summer Junior Ranger Program is also available for students ages 10 - 12.

Many activities at George Washington Carver National Monument are from the everyday life of the 19th century - like washing and drying laundry the old-fashioned way. These hands-on programs help us to imagine young George's life on the Carver Farm.

For Teachers

Fourth Grade Art & Essay Contest

  • Held in February
  • Fourth-graders are invited to participate
  • Winners are honored at awards ceremony in March
  • link to new Carver the Artist Curriculum.


Curriculum-Based Field Trip Options

  • Carver's "I Can" Education Program (grades K-12)
  • G.W. Carver—The Plant Doctor (grades K-1)
  • 19th Century Lifestyles (grades 4-6)
  • Off-site programs are also available



Materials for Loan

  • Traveling Trunks available for monthly loan
  • Free Video Loan Library



Junior Rangers

  • ages 5 - 12
  • science and history
  • earn a badge
  • more information

Adopt-A-School Outreach

  • McKinley Elementary in Joplin, MO
  • Diamond R-IV public schools in Diamond, MO
  • Educational programs
  • Speakers Promotion of special observances


Nature & Science

George believed all of life's problems could be solved through nature. His scientific exploration began when he was a child living on the Moses Carver Farm.

Today, the park service carries on his legacy by offering hands-on science lessons with students of all ages.