State Historic Site

Trail End

 (Trail End Collection)

STATE STANDARDS


A visit to Trail End provides an enriching cultural experience for all its visitors. A school tour of the Trail End State Historic Site, including the house and the grounds, can help your class meet a number of Wyoming standards and benchmarks in Social Studies, Language Arts, Career/Vocational Education, Science and Mathematics. Teachers are encouraged to be creative in thinking of ways to make a visit to Trail End a fun and educational part of their teaching plan. 


When and if the Wyoming Department of Education finalizes a new set of standards, we will provide suggestions as to what standards might be met by any given activity.



A NOTE ABOUT BUS PARKING


Except for vehicles bearing officially-issued handicapped stickers, there is no parking on site grounds for either buses or private vehicles. Please ask your bus driver to park on either Victoria or Delphi Streets. Please do not have the bus enter either the east or west circular drives.



ACCESSIBILITY


A wheelchair ramp is located on the west side of the Kendrick Mansion, as are two handicapped parking spaces. Although an elevator runs from the basement to the third floor, be advised that it will not accommodate some full-sized adult wheelchairs or specialty wheelchairs.

TO SCHEDULE A tour of Trail End for your school group, please phone 307-674-4589 three weeks or more in advance. Be prepared to supply the following information:


  • Name of school or group
  • Contact name, address and telephone number
  • Grade level and/or ages of students
  • Number of students and adults
  • Preferred date and time for visit
  • Secondary choice for date and time


‚ÄčAt the time you call, we will attempt to confirm your tour. Since we are not always able to do so, however, we will confirm as soon as possible.



TOUR TIMES

‚ÄčTrail End is open seven days a week from April 1 through December 14. We are available for tours between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (meaning the last tour of the day would start at 3:00). Because of staffing issues, it is best to plan your guided tour for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. As the house is open to the general public, it is better to schedule school tours during the quieter morning hours whenever possible.



GROUP LIMITS


Beginning in 2015, Trail End will only be able to accommodate a maximum of thirty-two (32) students per tour. Each tour group will then be subdivided into smaller groups of no more than eight students and one adult chaperone. Trail End will provide an adequate number of tour guides for each tour group. To save time, you should assign students to their groups before arriving at the museum.  


If you have a group larger than thirty-two, please consider the following options:


  • Divide your group in half and have the students come to Trail End on two separate days. This is the preferred option, as it only requires students to be away from school for an hour or so. 
  • Have half your students at Trail End while the other half visits another local historic site or museum. Switch after an hour. Allow for a minimum of two hours total.
  • Arrange (in advance) for half your students to participate in one of the site's educational exercises while the other tours the house; switch after an hour. We have several exercises to choose from, including Historic Clothing, Jazz Age Slang, Photo Detectives and Trees of Trail End (fair weather only). Again, this requires a two-hour commitment. 


If your class numbers change significantly after scheduling, please contact us immediately so that we can plan accordingly.  



FEES


No entrance fee will be charged for chaperones accompanying educational groups on tours of the Trail End State Historic Site; nor is there a fee for students. We must, however, limit the number of adults to one for every eight students. Extra adults will have to pay the entrance fee. If your class contains special needs students that need full-time adult supervision, please make sure that there are enough adults in attendance to act as both supervisors and chaperones. These adults will be admitted without charge.


Unfortunately, home-schooled groups are not included in the fee waiver at this time. Anyone eighteen years of age and older accompanying home-schooled students will have to pay the regular entrance fee.



STUDENT PREPARATION


Please prepare students for a museum visit by discussing the following:


  • Trail End is a public place and the students need to use their public manners; running and yelling are not allowed inside the museum.
  • Food, candy, gum and beverages (including bottled water) are not allowed inside the museum.
  • Flash photography is not allowed inside the museum. Video cameras, cell phone cameras and iPads are allowed.
  • Please remind students that touching the fabrics and woodwork is not allowed because of the damage the dirt and oils on their hands can do to the historic finishes. 
  • Ask students to please be attentive, listen to their tour guide, and raise their hands if they have questions.
  • Lunches, backpacks and other items must be deposited either on the front porch or in the Foyer.
  • In case of inclement weather, students will be asked to remove their shoes as they enter the house. Bare feet, however, are not allowed, so it is recommended that students wear socks.


As part of Trail End's 2014 TechnoPast Xtreme History Project, a short, fun video on what to do and not do at the museum is available for viewing on YouTube. It was prepared by a local junior high school student, and we encourage you to show it to your class prior to your visit. 





Planning the Successful School Tour