Educational Programs & Field Trips
Educational programming supported locally by Amarillo National Bank.
Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth grade students are greeted in the Grand Hall and answer questions about the American Quarter Horse. After this Q & A session, they watch a ten minute movie covering the basics of the Quarter Horse.
Following the movie, students embark on grade-appropriate activities that focus on learning about the American Quarter Horse. Pre-Kindergarten through first grade students encounter the Timeline Exhibits through a mop pony trail ride, while second through twelfth grade students complete a scavenger hunt.
A typical mop pony trail ride will introduce Pre-K through 1st graders to Hall of Fame members throughout the Timeline Exhibits on their trail ride. Students are asked many critical thinking questions while they ride and real life skills are addressed through following rules and taking turns.
The Education Gallery offers hands-on experiences with various tack and other horse related objects. The Look Inside gives students the opportunity to see the horse’s bones, muscles, and organs. Many students are delighted to hear the horse’s heartbeat. The gallery is packed with learning activities which present information in a fun but educational context.
Before you visit the museum, consider what you want your students to learn from their experience.
1. Go to Curriculum and Lesson Plans to choose your favorite topic.
2. Download the appropriate information for your classroom teaching and feel free to present the prepared power points in your classroom too!
3. Choose a scavenger hunt that directly relates to your teaching topic and print one out for each student to bring for his/her museum experience. (We will provide pencils for them to borrow during their visit.)
4. We do require a 1 to 10 ratio of teacher/volunteer and student guest.
5. All students traveling on a field trip are $1.50 each while teachers/volunteers are free.
Booking your field trip
To book a field trip to the Hall of Fame, please call the museum at (806) 376-5181. You need to give two weeks notice and receive confirmation from the museum before your booking is complete. The months of March, April, and May get booked up really soon, so keep that in mind when you are making your plans for field trips. Busing funds are available for AISD schools.