Winter Garden Heritage Foundation
Situated in the heart of West Orange County’s former citrus and agricultural empire, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation brings history to life. Our hands-on educational programs involve our architecture; citizen heroes who made the region what it is today; and immerse students in the region’s
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Experience History through Architecture, Costumes, and Citizen Super Heroes! (Grades 4 and 5)
In this 2 1/2 hour program, students are led by staff through the 20th century beginning with a colorful and fun PowerPoint presentation called "Timucua, Trains, and Trees." It addresses local history as impacted by major national and international events and how those events shaped Central Florida - including the history of citrus, and the saga of Lake Apopka, the region's most important natural...
Groups are welcome on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the school year.
Buses should be scheduled to arrive between 9 - 10 am. After completing the planned activities, many groups enjoy a short walk to lunch at the covered Farmer's Market Pavilion (with restrooms) on West Plant Street - which is across from a large parking lot to accommodate school buses. Packed lunches and a cooler for drinks can be stored on the buses.
Because of the late lunch time, we strongly suggest bringing a small snack for students to eat following the initial presentation.
During the Detective Search, each class will be walking along the West Orange Trail in the Downtown Historic District, exploring our century-old buildings. Students should dress appropriately for the weather. Bring jackets/hats on cold days, raincoats/umbrellas on wet days, and hats/water on hot days.
The field trip takes place in Winter Garden's Downtown Historic District. Buses will drop students off in front of the History Research and Education Center located at 21 East Plant Street, and may then park at the lot across from the Farmer's Market Pavilion.
$5 per student; teachers and chaperones are free.
Early Tourism in FloridaEarly-Tourism-Lesson-3.pdf
Economic Changes in Florida HistoryEconomic-Changes-Lesson-with-Citrus-Graph-3.pdf
Significant Events in Florida HistorySignifican-Events-Lesson-3.pdf
Significant Events TimelineSignificant-Events-Timeline-3.pdf
We are very flexible regarding cancellations.