Onsite Museum Programming

Organized student and youth group visits to the Carter Library Museum are available throughout the calendar school year, with summer requests considered on a case-by-case basis. Reservation requests may also include any of the K-12 Student Programming options listed below. Availability for onsite programming is as follows:

  • Docent-Guided: Tuesdays-Thursdays, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Self-Guided: Mondays-Saturdays, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Minimum of 10 students, maximum of 50 (self-guided groups of less than 10 individuals do not require reservations in advance)
  • All requests must be submitted no less than two weeks in advance

Admission for K-12 student/youth groups is FREE, with one free adult chaperone per five students (e.g. 10 students = 2 free adults)*. Group organizers should plan accordingly to spend up to 120 minutes onsite including drop-off, arrival, restroom use, program, and departure. All onsite parking, including buses, is free.

To submit a reservation request, please email carter.education@nara.gov.
*All students traveling with a commercial tour group enjoy free museum admission, but all adults must pay the regular admission fee of $12 per person.

K-12 Student Programming (available onsite and remote)

Civics for All of US Programming from the National Archives

Grades K-12: Civics for All of US is a new education initiative that promotes civic literacy and engagement through a variety of Student programs and webinars, and teacher workshops. Live, interactive distance learning programs are available for groups of 10 or more students free of charge. Programs take a hands-on approach to the founding documents of the United States, using the holdings of the National Archives to explore the big ideas of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and promoting the knowledge and skills students need for civic engagement in the 21st century. Teacher guides for each program provide additional pre- and post program activities for classroom use. Visit https://civics.archives.gov to view programming options and submit a request. Upon submitting a request for a remote program you may specify in the Comments field that you would like Carter Library education staff to be your designated presenter. If you would like to have a student program option presented onsite at the Carter Library, please reach out to library staff at carter.education@nara.gov.

Civic Literacy: Article II & The Presidency

Grades K-2 & 3-5: In these programs, students will explore and actively discuss the President’s duties as outlined in Article II of the Constitution, and through the lens of primary sources of the Carter Library and National Archives. From analysis of these sources and the Constitution, students will learn and discuss the importance of knowing how our government works, and how they can help shape our nation.

Length: 30-45 minutes


Civic Literacy: How a Bill Becomes a Law

Grades 3-5: Students will be engaged with the Legislative branch and its role in the federal government through primary document analysis and discussion. This interactive program will also provide exposure to how the diverse interests of Americans shape our democracy through the legislative process as they navigate passage of a bill.

Length: 30-45 minutes

GSEs: SS3CG1, SS3CG2, SS4CG1, SS4CG2, SS4CG3, SS5H6, SS5CG1 

The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Carter*

Grades 2-12: Throughout his life, President Carter has found himself in extraordinary circumstances faced with extraordinary opportunities, many of which were brought about by the American Presidency. This classroom program will examine civic engagement and discuss the primary sources of the Carter Library and National Archives to address the question, “What is the secret to an extraordinary life?” *This program is recommended for remote audiences unable to visit our museum in-person.

Length: 30-45 minutes.

GSEs: S2H1, SS2G2, SS2CG3, SS3CG1, SS3CG2, SS4CG3, SS5H3, SS5H4, SS5H6, SS5H7, SS5CG1, SS8H7, SS8H8, SS8H11, SS8H12, S8CG2, SS8CG3, SSCG4, SSCG10, SSCG12, SSCG16

The Extraordinary Life of Rosalynn Carter

Grades 8-12: From her rural beginnings in southwest Georgia to her emergence as our nation's champion of caregivers and mental health, Rosalynn Carter has led a most extraordinary life. This program will engage students in Mrs. Carter's early life, the U.S. Census, her time as First Lady of Georgia and then the nation, and highlight her work with the non-profit Carter Center.

Length: 30-45 minutes

GSEs: SS8H12, SS8CG2, SS8CG3, SS8E2, SSCG8, SSCG11, SSCG12, SSCG16

Jimmy Carter for National History Day

Grades 6-12: Will your students be participating in National History Day? This workshop will provide an overview of this annual national contest, and primary sources and research tools available from the Carter Library and National Archives that connect the 39th President to the latest theme. Students will also learn insights and tips to produce an effective submission.

Length: 45 minutes


Going to the Sources: The Camp David Peace Accords

Grades 6-12:  Students will hone their research skills through analysis of pertinent primary sources to contextualize the issues that were at stake during the Camp David Accords, including the Middle East Peace Process, the Energy Crisis, and the Cold War. Participants will also make civic connections between this historic summit and the Constitution.

Length: 45 minutes


Women, for a Change: Gender Equality & The Carter Administration

Grades 8-12: This program will introduce students to the state of Women's Rights issues in the 1970s, the Equal Rights Amendment of 1972, and the Constitutional means the Carter administration embraced to address gender inequality. Students will be provided exposure to relevant primary sources of the National Archives and Carter Library and will have opportunities to discuss the amendment process and diversity in the federal government.

Length: 45 minutes


Presidential Power and Precedents: Jimmy Carter, Alaska and the Antiquities Act

Grades 9-12: Between 1978 and 1980, President Carter used the Antiquities Act of 1906 as leverage to bring Congress to the table and pass the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), protecting over 150 million acres of public land and expediting implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. Was he justified or did he exceed his Constitutional authority? Were there checks or balances to his actions by the other branches of government or state governments? Has the Antiquities Act strengthened or weakened our democracy? These and other questions will be discussed during this online workshop that will examine primary sources from the holdings of the Carter Library and National Archives Catalog.

Length: 45 minutes


Planning for the Future: Jimmy Carter and the Energy Crisis

Grades 8-12: Less than two weeks after assuming the Presidency in 1977, Jimmy Carter addressed the nation in a televised “fireside chat” to speak to Americans about the looming Energy Crisis. What events had brought our nation to these dire circumstances with such a far-reaching impact on the daily lives of Americans? What tools and resources does the Constitution provide the Executive branch to take on such a crisis? What roles do other branches of government play? Students will examine the 39th President’s response to this crisis through a constitutional lens and the primary sources of the Carter Library and National Archives.

Length: 45 minutes


Advanced Placement U.S. History Document-Based Question Analysis

Grades 8-12: Students will combine existing knowledge with group analysis of primary sources to identify and discuss historical evidence that answers a question related to the Carter administration. Topics are at the discretion of requesting teachers; examples may include but are not limited to The Camp David Accords, The Energy Crisis, The Hostage Crisis in Iran, The Cold War, or Powers of the Presidency (Article II of the Constitution).

Length45 minutes