The Huntington’s education programs interpret the collections and promote life-long learning to a broad audience. Programs range from lively preschool programs to intensive five-week teacher institutes.
Each year, school programs introduce the collections to more than 20,000 school children from around Southern California through docent-led tours and hands-on activities. Teachers may choose from more than a dozen different programs, all of which address pertinent state and local education standards. As many as 500 teachers a year participate in professional development activities that feature scholarly lectures and curriculum development.
The Huntington partners with both individual schools and school districts to provide deeper and more long-term engagement with students and teachers. Partnerships include school visits, teacher workshops and institutes, curriculum and teaching resources, and other activities. The Huntington has actively used inquiry-based techniques in teacher training and school field trip practices for years and is working hand-in-glove with educators to help smooth implementation of the Common Core education standards, currently under way.
Huntington educators have collaborated with classroom teachers to develop more than 75 lesson plans that highlight the collections; these are available online and serve schools nationwide. Other educational resources online include interactive websites and introductory DVDs.
More than 10,000 people participate each year in public programs, including classes, workshops, performances, and lectures.
Audio guides for adults and children are available in the European and American art galleries. A down-loadable audio tour for the Chinese Garden is available in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. A wide range of audio material is also available online at iTunes U.
New Educational Website on California Missions Supports 4th-Grade Curricula
The Huntington has developed an educational website relating to the exhibition "Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions" based on California’s Common Core State Standards in support of 4th-grade curricula. Discover “Exploring the California Missions” at missionhistory.org
Explorations in American History Website Excites History Buffs of All Ages
Explore issues of independence, rights and equality; read a letter written by Harriet Beecher Stowe; listen to dramatized readings of the written work of historical figures; and view magnified images of objects such as the U.S. Constitution in this interactive and informative new resource. Take me to Explorations in American History >