School Tours and Programs

General Tour Information

School Season

Tours and Programs are offered from September through May. February*, March and April are our busiest months; therefore, we suggest scheduling your tour(s) between October and January. For groups larger than 70 students, we suggest requesting multiple days or different times.

All School Tour requests must be submitted via our online Tour Reservation Form. Requests will be processed in the order in which they are received. Please see below for more scheduling information.

*NOTE: Special programs are available February 2018 for Black History and Presidents Month.

Tour Reservations

Both docent guided and self guided tours are offered free of charge to students under age 16. Reservations for groups of 10+ students must be made in writing at least two weeks prior to your visit. All programs are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. See the on-line Tour Reservation Form to sign up your group. For information on the appropriate age level and maximum group size for a specific tour, see “Docent-Guided Student Tour Options” below.

Guided tour reservations will require a $25.00 check deposit after confirmation is received. This will be refunded upon arrival for the tour. When the completed Tour Reservation Form has been received, the Program Assistant will contact you with details about parking, lunch, chaperones, or rescheduling, if necessary.

Cancellations/Rescheduling

If you must cancel a scheduled tour, please notify the Education Department as soon as possible. Call Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm (404) 865-7123. Messages may be left on the voice mail. Please include the name of group and date of your scheduled visit. The $25 check deposit will be refunded only with at least 14 days cancellation notice.

Confirmations and Parking

A confirmation for the tour will be sent to you. Parking is free.

Lunch

There are no indoor eating facilities for school groups. There are outdoor picnic areas available on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask that you bring trash bags and collect your garbage when finished.

Chaperones

Chaperone (or teacher) costs are as follows:

  • One chaperone is free for every five students in grades K-10.
  • One chaperone is free for every ten students in grades 11-12.
  • Any additional adults beyond the required number of chaperones will pay $8.00.

Field Trip Sponsorship Program

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum and The Coca-Cola Foundation have generously established funding for the Carter Library to provide transportation funds for ALL Georgia schools to use when bringing students to our museum for educational activities.

To apply fill out our online Tour Reservation Form.

Self-Guided Tours for Students

You can guide your class through the museum on your own from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. These tours do require a reservation if they include more than 10 students.

Please be sure to access Downloadable Curriculum before your visit.

*NOTE: Special programs are available February 2018 for Black History and Presidents Month.

Docent-Guided Student Tour Options

The following Student Programs are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from September 5, 2017 - May 17, 2018.

General Museum Tour
Grades 2-12: This interactive, docent guided tour employs the techniques of inquiry, discussion and discovery. Tours may be general, or upon request, may emphasize specific areas.
Offered: Tuesday through Thursday mornings
Length: 60-90 minutes
Georgia Performance Standards Met by This Tour, Grades 2 - 12: SS2H1, SS2CG1, SS2CG2, SS2CG3, SS2E1, SS3H2, SS3CG1, SS3CG2, SS3E2, SS4CG1, SS4CG3, SS4CG4, SS4CG5, SS5H5, SS5H8, SS5H9, SS5CG3, SS6H3, SS7H6, SS7G6, SS8H8, SS8H10, SS8H12, SS8CG2, SS8CG3, SSUSH17, SSUSH18, SSUSH20, SSUSH23, SSUSH25

Scavenger Hunt
Grades K-1: Students will have fun exploring the museum with a docent using clues to find presidential images and objects.
Offered: Tuesday through Thursday mornings
Length: 30 minutes
Georgia Performance Standards Met by This Tour, Grades K - 1: SSKH1, SSKH2, SSKG3, SS2H1, SS2CG1, SS2CG2, SS2CG4

Presidents on the Money
Grades K-1: With puppets and props, students actively explore the role of the president. 70 students maximum.
Offered: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings
Length: 30 minutes (additional 30-minute highlight tour upon request)
Georgia Performance Standards Met by This Tour, Grades K - 1: SSKH2, SSCG1, SSKCG2, SSKE3, SS1H1, SS1G1

Primed on the Presidency
Grades 1-2:
In mock presidential election featuring puppets and actual voting, students are introduced to citizenship responsibilities and to U.S. symbols. 70 students maximum.
Offered:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings
Length:
30 minutes (additional 30-minute highlight tour upon request)
Georgia Performance Standards Met by This Tour, Grades 1 - 2:
SS1H1, SS1CG1, SS2H1, SS2CG1, SS2CG2, SS2CG3

How a Bill Becomes a Law
Grades 3-4: Students take on the roles of representatives, senators and the president to learn the process of how a bill becomes a law. 60-90 minutes. 70 students maximum (minimum of 25 students required)
Offered: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings
Length: 1-1.5 hours
Georgia Performance Standards Met by This Tour, Grades 3 - 4: SS3CG1, SS4CG1, SS4CG3, SS4CG4

February 2018 Student Programs for Black History and Presidents Month

MARSHALLING JUSTICE: THE STORY OF THURGOOD MARSHALL
February 1 and 9, 10:30 AM
Grade Level: 5th - 8th
John Doyle portrays Thurgood Marshall in this one-man program with audience participation. Celebrate the life and contributions of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court justice, who is well known for winning the Supreme Court case, Brown v Topeka Board of Education that tested equal but separate schools. Please reserve your class using the online Tour Reservation Form.

Thurgood Marshall program, Feb. 2018

ABYSS AND ENSEMBLE
February 6, 10:30 AM
Grade Level: 9th - 12th
Peabody award-winning singer, poet, and musician, Abyss is best known as a spoken word artist that brings historical and relevant issues to life through his performances. Please reserve your class using the online Tour Reservation Form.

Abyss and Ensemble program, Feb. 2018

RACHEL CLARK: RAISING A PRESIDENT
February 12, 10:00 AM
Grade Level: 5th - 8th
Acclaimed actress Joanna Maddox presents a one-woman show on the life and wisdom of Rachel Clark, a small, quiet, childless black woman on the Carters’ farm who had a lasting influence on the would-be president. Please reserve your class using the online Tour Reservation Form.

Rachel Clark program, Feb. 2018

MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE: BUILDING ON A DREAM
February 16 and 21, 10:30 AM
Grade Level: 3rd - 5th
Well-known actress/storyteller Mama Koku portrays Mary McLeod Bethune, who made a difference in shaping our country’s history. Born to slave parents and first in her family to receive an education, she went on to provide educational opportunities to African American students. Please reserve your class using the online Tour Reservation Form.

Mary McLeod Bethune program, Feb. 2018

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