Education Programs
Bring your curriculum to life!

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Visit the Historic Village, Nature Center, or the John L. Wehle Gallery. There is nothing like a face-to-face, in-person, hands-on experience at GCV&M. On-site Field Trips are available on select dates in March, April, October, and December and regularly from May through September. 

Meet us online for a Virtual Educational Program. Choose from our themed programs or let us partner with you to create a special program to meet your student’s needs. Virtual Programs are available on select dates from January through April and in November.

Let us come to you with our Moveable Museum program. Invite a costumed interpreter, curator, or naturalist – along with their trunk full of activities and learning materials – into your classroom, community center, or library. Moveable Programs can be scheduled year-round based on availability.

GRANT FUNDING: Various generous donors allow GCV&M to offer grant funding to schools that meet certain qualifications. All RCSD schools, including public charters, are eligible for free student admission and transportation. Any rural/suburban school district where 50% or more students qualify for free/reduced lunch is also eligible for free student admission. Each teacher at qualifying schools can use these grants for two programs per academic year.

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Questions about our Education Programs? Contact our Education Team at or (585) 294-8254. 


Contact our Program Registrar at (585) 294-8218 or email us at


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Animal Kingdom

Join a GCV&M naturalist to learn about animal diversity and biological adaptations in a fun and thought provoking atmosphere.

Country, Towns & Trades

Explore the variety of work performed by people in a 19th-century community during a virtual tour of the Historic Village.

Man in Civil War costume showing artifact to kids

Civil War Living History Day

Program offered: Friday, May 19, 2023  This program is best suited for Grades 4 – 12 based on the New York State curriculum and the

Self Guided in the Historic Village

Program offered: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in May and June This program is appropriate for Grades PreK – 12. Each season, thousands of students, teachers, and

Kids looking through binoculars

Spring Nature Discoveries

Program offered: Tuesdays, April 18 through May 30 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  This program is appropriate for Grades K – 12. Come experience

Maple Madness

Program offered: Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24, 2023 |  10:00AM – 2:00PM Join us for this seasonal favorite, and sweet exploration into the

Kids learning to tap maple trees

Sap, Syrup, and Sugar

Program offered: Wednesday – Friday, March 8 – 10, 2023 and Wednesday – Friday,  March 15 – 17, 2023 Join us for this seasonal favorite,

St. Nick in Historic costume

Home for the Holidays

November 30, December 1, 8, 14, & 15 Costumed interpreters guide students on a walk through the wintery Historic Village, sharing 19th-century seasonal traditions and

Costumed interpreters lit by candlelight

Victorian Yuletide

We bring the museum to you! Understand how the many cultures that migrated to Upstate New York influenced the traditions of Yuletide in the 19th

Flowers and blue skies

Language of Flowers

We bring the museum to you! Learn about one of the most enchanting customs of the 19th century — communicating through flowers instead of words.