Programs and Tours

Whether for public, private, or home-school educators, Autry Education programs are designed to provide a high-quality learning experience while maintaining the fun, hands-on atmosphere that makes the field trip experience so rewarding.

The tours and programs listed below are available for the 2017-18 school year during which the Autry will make select programs and tours available in a special afternoon schedule for schools, scouting groups, home-school educators, and groups.

All guided tours are 55 minutes long, unless otherwise noted. Complete the reservation form on this page to book a school tour or program.

All guided tours and programs are 55 minutes long, unless otherwise noted.

  • Docent-Guided History of the West Highlight Tour

    Docent-Guided History of the West Highlight Tour

    • 7th-12th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

    Experience the stories behind the artifacts of the vast Autry collection as our docents highlight the history of the West, sharing their knowledge with your students in small groups and enhancing their understanding of history.

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  • View of Yosemite Valley

    Day of Deliberation

    • 7th-12th Grades
    • Second Wednesday and Thursdays of the month

    This program is designed to engage students in decisions about the past, present, and future of California through deliberation and civil discourse. Students will learn about the legislative process, water rights in California, the National Park Service, and the conservation movement in the United States by examining the use of Yosemite National Park’s Hetch Hetchy Valley in 1913. The program includes pre- and post-classroom activities; a 90-minute, moderated deliberative forum held at the Autry; and a self-guided tour of the galleries. For more information, please e-mail deliberation@theautry.org.


    Curriculum

    Student Issue Guide

    Teacher Guide

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  • John Gast American Progress

    Westward Expansion: Community and Opportunity

    • 7th-12th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    In 1890, the West was a cultural crossroads of people from different backgrounds looking for opportunity. Was the West a place of opportunity for everyone in 1890? Your students will investigate this question through historical inquiry and collaborative group work using primary sources in our permanent galleries.

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  • California Continued

    California Continued

    • 7th-12th Grades
    • Tuesday–Friday
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
    • 30 students per hour

    This program explores the ongoing and interdependent relationship between people and the natural environments of California. After investigating primary and secondary sources, students will deliberate on a solution to an environmental dilemma currently affecting the deserts of Southern California.

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