Information on Map Center programs for K-12 classes
The Leventhal Map & Education Center offers a menu of pre-designed programs for field trips to our Learning Center, virtual class visits, or in-person outreach to classrooms. Using maps from our collection, students practice using cartographic tools to read maps and think about what maps can and can’t tell us about our relationships to places in the past and present. Programs related to our current exhibition are also available. Explore our program topics below. If you don’t see quite what you’re looking for, we are happy to work with you to create programming that works with your curriculum.
Explore education activities and lesson plans related to More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape.
To book a program, fill out the reservation form. Someone from the K-12 education department will contact you to finalize your reservation. Note: Filling out the form is not a confirmation of your reservation.
Please see our table of education program fees for information on costs. We strive to make our programs and resources available to all institutions without cost presenting a barrier.
Programs are 75 – 90 minutes long. Longer sessions allow for more discussion and inquiry. We cannot accommodate groups larger than 40 at a time. As groups larger than 20 may require that we reserve extra space, please be as specific as possible when completing our reservation form.
Please note that there is no designated lunch area for classes in the Boston Public Library.
Programs are 60 - 90 minutes long and are intended for individual classrooms of 30 or fewer students. Longer sessions allow for more discussion and inquiry. We can accommodate larger groups over multiple program sessions.
Classrooms should have a computer and a digital projector or smartboard and space for students to work in small groups of 4 to 5 students for hands-on map inquiry exercises. We can provide a laptop and projector if necessary.