Field Trips

Experience Auburn Heights with a field trip! Our programs focus on the history of transportation, especially during the time period we call the “Magic Age of Steam”. Through fun activities and exploration, we’ll draw comparisons between the past and present, interact with historic objects, learn local history and, most of all, use our imaginations!

Schools, Groups and Organization Field Trips

Choose from the following programs:

  • Story Time: Working on the Railroad (Pre-school – 2nd Grade)
    Consider adding train rides to this program! 
    All aboard! Learn about different jobs, sounds, and parts of a train through story time, movement and crafts. Program includes time in our model train room and outside play on Little Toot (weather-permitting).
  • Engineer It! (Grades K – 5)
    STEM-focused curriculum
    What would it be like to design a car of the future? We’ll compare cars of the past to cars today and discover the process early car inventors would have used to think, create, and test (and test again!) through a fun car racing activity.
  • Early Travelers (Grades 2 – 5) 
    Consider adding train rides to this program!
    What was travel like at the dawn of the automotive age? Discover early transportation, what it would like to be a passenger in an early car or train, and play a fun travel game.
  • Inventors vs. Investors (Grades 6 – 8)
    In this interactive role-play game, students become automobile inventors who have to pitch their car to a group of “investors,” inspired by the show, “Shark Tank.” In advance of their big pitch, students learn about the power of advertising and the early automotive industry.
  • Joint Programs with Auburn Valley State Park (Grades K-5)
    Take advantage of our combined field trip program between both sites. Expect to spend at least 2 hours here (1 hour at each location). While we provide examples of two different joint field trips, feel free to mix and match:

    • STEM-Focused Day: Combine both of these programs for an experience centered around early machinery, invention and innovation!
      • Engineer It! (Grades K-5) Marshall Steam Museum
      • Machinery Mansion Tour (Grades 2-5) Auburn Valley State Park
    • Social Studies-Focused Day: Combine both of these programs for an experience centered around early travel and daily life in the Dawn of the Automotive Age (1900-30s), with some ties back to Delaware history.
      • Early Travelers (Grades 2-5) Marshall Steam Museum
      • Childhood in the Age of Steam (Grades K-5) Auburn Valley State Park
    • Auburn Valley State Park, which includes the Auburn Heights Mansion and surrounding trails, are operated by Delaware State Parks. We are happy to work with you to coordinate these programs but are not responsible for scheduling restrictions or pricing. For questions about Delaware State Parks program, please contact staff at Auburn Heights at (302) 239-5687 or

Download our 2024 Field Trip Programs Packet
Scroll down to submit interest in booking a program with us.

Program capacity:

  • Please note that our current on-site capacity is 25 participants (includes children and adults) for a single program and 35 for a joint program with Auburn Valley State Park. 
  • Our minimum group size to book a program is: 14 participants for schools and similar organizations and 8 participants for homeschools and co-ops.

Our programs cover such themes as:

  • Transportation changes and impacts on American society
  • Transportation technologies: steam, gas, and electric
  • Engineering design, process and prototyping
  • Primary sources and learning from handling objects
  • Being creative and having fun!

Some of our special activities include:

  • Artifact exploration
  • Games and movement activities
  • Story time
  • Craft “Make and Takes”
  • Train rides (additional fee)


Director of Public Programs