School Field Trip Programs

We are now booking virtual tours for grades K-12! While on-site school tours remain suspended at this time, please contact Liz Bouyea, Education Coordinator, directly at 518-567-2170, to discuss on-site bookings beginning September 1, 2020.

Live Virtual Tour

FOR: K-12 . Explore Olana in or outside the classroom with live, digital instruction. This virtual tour will introduce your students to Frederic Church and his Olana from a distance. Each tour includes exploration of photos, videos, and artworks, live instruction via inquiry-based conversations, and age-appropriate activities. Virtual tours can be tailored to meet specific curriculum goals and classroom needs. All virtual tours are conducted via Zoom but can be adapted for other platforms upon request. Read More

Live Virtual Tour

Careers in the Arts & Culture

FOR: 7-12 Explore Olana while learning more about careers in the arts and culture. During this virtual tour, students will be invited to meet virtually with Olana staff members to discuss their career path and current role at Olana. Each tour includes a brief introduction to Olana through photos and inquiry-based conversations with a staff-member. All virtual tours are conducted via Zoom but can be adapted for other platforms upon request. Read More

Careers in the Arts & Culture

Land as a Canvas: Voices from the Land

FOR: PreK-1st Graders (This program can work with a number of Special Education groups) Frederic Church considered Olana (the house and the landscape) his greatest work of art. In this ½ day field trip, students will visit one room inside, tour the building exterior, and enjoy a short hike in the landscape In this ½ day field trip, students will visit one room inside, tour the building exterior, and enjoy a short hike in the landscape. After exploring, students will make art from found materials in Olana’s landscape. Read More

Land as a Canvas: Voices from the Land

Islamic Design: Persian Influence and Geometry at Olana

FOR: 4th-8th Graders Frederic E. Church and his family travelled extensively in the Middle East in the 1860s. His home, Olana, was designed and built just after this trip—so the Hudson River Region boasts a rare glimpse into designs of ancient Persia! During this day-long visit students will tour Olana; then, with sketchbooks in hand, students will hike and sketch geometric designs that combine nature and geometry. Read More

Islamic Design: Persian Influence and Geometry at Olana

From Sketch to Study to Painting: Studying Frederic Church’s Method from en plein air to Studio

FOR: Scalable content for 3rd Grade – High School Frederic E. Church created dozens of studies and sketches outside in the landscape before creating his masterpiece canvases inside. Students will tour Olana, hike the grounds, and study Church’s en plein air art. During this day-long visit, students will take notebooks and drawing boards into the landscape to make art and notations in the style of Church. Read More

From Sketch to Study to Painting: Studying Frederic Church’s Method from en plein air to Studio

Transcendentalist Philosophy & Olana: Odes to Nature and Nature Writing

FOR: Grades 9-12 While The Hudson River School was the first art movement in the USA, Transcendentalism was the first philosophical moment. Frederic Church read and travelled with Ralph Waldo Emerson, read Thoreau and Wake Robin written by naturalist John Burroughs. Read More

Transcendentalist Philosophy & Olana: Odes to Nature and Nature Writing

Funding Opportunity for 4th Graders

Over the past year the Connect Kids Field Trip Refund Grant program enabled over 30,000 school children to connect with the outdoors (and history) by refunding field trip expenses to State lands. Read More

Funding Opportunity for 4th Graders