Youth Education

One of the AHPP's priorities is to instill a preservation ethic in Arkansas's young people. Every Arkansas community possesses landmark structures and sites that make excellent teaching tools. This knowledge will promote civic pride, and open their eyes to the wonders of the built environment. By using Arkansas's historic and cultural sites as teaching topics, students will gain a better understanding of their communities and themselves.

We offer a number of free educational services for students and teachers, including:

Classroom Presentations

The AHPP Education Outreach Coordinator is available on a limited basis to visit 3rd-12th grade classes, homeschool groups, scout troops and other organizations. For more information call (501) 324-9880 or email [email protected]. To see a list of available dates, go to the Education Outreach Calendar. To schedule a date, fill out a scheduling form.

Lesson Plans and Classroom Resources

AHPP's lesson plans and digital resources were written specifically for Arkansas students and are linked to the Arkansas Social Studies Standards. New lesson plans and resources are added regularly. Click here for a list of available lesson plans. Teachers may also request any of our PowerPoint presentations for use in their own classroom by e-mailing [email protected].

Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize

The Arkansas Historic Film Prize for high school students is sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Arkansas Humanities Council, and in partnership with Arkansas Educational Television Network’s Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase. The competition honors documentaries made by high school students about any historic site in the state. Films must be between five and fifteen minutes long, and must be about a historic site (building, archeological site, or other site with historic significance) that is at least fifty years old or older. Sites do not have to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, although they may be. For more information, click here.

Preserve our Past Art and Essay Contest

The annual Preserve Our Past Art and Essay Invitational celebrates National Historic Preservation Week and Arkansas Heritage Month. The contest teaches students about local and state history, and fosters an interest in preserving historic places. The contest is open to all Arkansas 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Submissions must relate to a historic Arkansas property that is 50 years old or older. Every year, the program is announced in January, and submissions are due April 1.

Teacher Professional Development

AHPP offers free teacher training sessions related to Arkansas history, social studies, and writing. If you want more information on teacher trainings, please contact the Education Outreach Coordinator at: [email protected].

Heritage Month Grants

The Department of Arkansas Heritage distributes Heritage Month grants to schools, museums and non-profit organizations. Grants up to $5,000 are available for projects held in May of each year that relate to the annual Heritage Month theme. Projects include student field trips, special events, lectures and the production of educational materials.

Applications are accepted from October through mid-December. For more information, click here or contact [email protected] for guidelines and applications.

Youth Education Contact Form