Field Trips

Field trip opportunities related to Tales of the Towpath abound within the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Teachers and parents are encouraged to investigate the sites listed below. Group trips for students to any of the locations should be reserved well in advance. Please visit the field trip websites or contact the individual in charge to learn more about the sites and the educational opportunities they offer.

Luzerne County

Eckley Miner’s Village, Weatherly PA
Subject Matter: coal mining and mining towns
Contact: Janet Banks (570) 636-2070
Website: http://www.eckleyminers.org/about.html
Nescopeck State Park, Butler and Dennison townships
Subject Matter: natural and cultural history
Contact: Diane Madl
Website: http:///www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/nescopeck.aspx
Lehigh Gorge State Park
Subject Matter: environmental and cultural education
Contact: Diane Madl
Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/lehighgorge.aspx See page 41 of teacher’s manual for more information

Carbon County

No. 9 Mine and Museum, Lansford, PA
Subject Matter: coal mining and coal mining culture; a great tour of a former coal mine. Highly recommended.
Contact: Call (570) 645-7074 for tour times and prices
Website: http://no9mine.tripod.com/
Mauch Chunk Museum, Jim Thorpe
Subject Matter: coal mining, canal navigation, Switchback Railroad
Contact: (570) 325-9190
Website: http://www.mauchchunkmuseum.com/ See page 53 of teacher’s manual for more information

Lehigh County

Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, PA
Subject Matter: environment and natural history
Contact: Dan Kunkle (610) 760-8889
Website: http://www.lgnc.org/
Walnutport Locktender’s House
Subject Matter: canal history
Contact: Marilyn Kaul (610) 767-5817
Website: http://www.lgnc.org/ http://walnutportcanalassociation.tripod.com/

Northampton County

National Canal Museum, Easton, PA
Subject Matter: canal history, canal culture
Contact: for tour information, call (610) 515-8000
Website: http://www.canals.org/Visitors/National_Canal_Museum The National Canal Museum offers highly-interactive student activities. We recommend this site.
Hugh Moore Park, Easton, PA
Subject Matter: canal history, canal boat ride
Contact: for tour information, call (610) 515-8000, ext. 2
Website: http://www.canals.org/ Hugh Moore Park is affiliated with the National Canal Museum. Canal boat tours are offered in spring, summer and early fall. Immersion Days are offered for school groups in the spring and early fall. This is a highly recommended field trip site.
Colonial Industrial Quarter, Bethlehem, PA
Subject Matter: Colonial industrial life (tanning, blacksmithing included)
Contact: for tour information, call (800) 360-8687
Website: http://www.historicbethlehem.org/places/colonial-quarter
Burnside Plantation, Bethlehem, PA
Subject Matter: 18th- and 19th-century agriculture
Contact: for tour information, call (800) 360-8687
Website:  http://www.historicbethlehem.org/index.cfm?organization_id=127&section_id=1925&page_id=8032
Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse, Lower Saucon Township, PA
Subject Matter: 19th- and 20-th century public education
Contact: for tour information, call Sue Horiszny, (610) 625-8771
Website: http://www.lutzfranklin.com/

Bucks County

Delaware Canal State Park
Subject Matter: canal history, environmental education
Contact: for educational opportunities, call (610) 982-5560
Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/delawarecanal.aspx
Washington Crossing Historic Park, Washington Crossing, PA
Subject Matter: American Revolution; 18th-century life
Contact: for tour information, call (215) 493-4076
Website: http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/