Vulcan Park and Museum is committed to carrying its educational mission beyond the boundaries of the park and to offering assistance to resource-challenged schools.
Learning from Home
While everyone transitions to at home learning, we want to help! Vulcan’s education team has put together fun learning activities for your kiddos and we will continue to add new content regularly. From hands on STEM, to history and reading, and beyond, we are sure there will be something for everyone.
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- Virtual Museum Tour Series
Click below for a virtual museum tour broken down into short episodes. Check back for more to be added soon!
- Birmingham History at Home
Check out this new packet of activities all about Birmingham and Vulcan!
- Birmingham Themed STEM
Create your own city with 3D cubes, connect the city with bridges using toothpicks and candy, create your own monument using diy clay or playdoh, plus more!
- Scavenger Hunt for Kiwanis-Vulcan Trail
While many places in the city are currently closed, Vulcan Park, Kiwanis-Vulcan Trail, and other outdoor spaces are still available for when you need some fresh air. When visiting the trail with your kids, we hope you all enjoy using this fun scavenger hunt!
- Coloring pages from our new book "Right Here in Birmingham"
If you haven’t already, check out this online story time with V and author Ashley Chestnut of our brand new children’s book about life in early Birmingham.
Here are some coloring pages of illustrations from the book. We hope you enjoy!
Birmingham History on the Road [Grades 6-12]
The history of Birmingham extends far beyond Vulcan’s educational complex atop Red Mountain! To preserve some of Birmingham’s fascinating stories, we have commissioned seven new productions – three musical, four theatrical – showcasing individuals who have made significant contributions and highlighting pivotal events from Birmingham’s past.
Birmingham History on the Road productions last approximately one hour and can be presented in an auditorium or gym setting for large assemblies. Productions are offered in a limited number of performances on a first-come, first-served basis. Costs and availability vary with each production.
- Washington & DuBois: Two Opinions, One Goal
This newly commissioned two man play recounts the lives of the two early civil rights activists, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Comparing their philosophies of post-Civil War integration, this dramatic performance will capture the audience’s attention and highlight the complexity of changing a culture of racial discrimination, an issue that is still crucial today. Written by Lee Shackleford, and performed by David Parker and Gary Fuqua. Read excerpts from the play here.
- Alvin Vogtle Escapes
Written by local playwright Lee Shackleford, the one-act drama highlights the adventurous life of Birmingham native, Alvin Vogtle, whose story influenced the 1963 film “The Great Escape” starring Steve McQueen. During World War II, Vogtle attempted to escape German POW camps four times before succeeding on his fifth attempt in March 1945. After the war, Vogtle returned to Birmingham and worked as an attorney, and, in 1970, became the CEO of Southern Company. During his tenure as CEO, he made several tough decisions that resulted in the survival of the company during the energy crisis and its continued success today.
Vulcan's Traveling Trunk Series
Vulcan Park and Museum’s Traveling Trunks are filled with artifacts and supplies that teachers can check out, at no cost, for the purpose of enhancing lessons. Hands-on historical materials, some of which are actual artifacts for students to interact with, contribute to the learning experience. This outreach program helps students understand Birmingham’s history and the science behind its industries from the convenience of the classroom. Activities are primarily designed for students in grades 3-6 but can be applied to any grades K-12. Trunk themes are:
Industrial Birmingham: This trunk is perfect for students studying local history or the Industrial Revolution! Packed with items used in mining and iron factories, your students will love trying on hats and clothing from Birmingham’s early industrial history and analyzing artifacts used during that period.
The World Wars: This trunk is filled with artifacts, a soldier and nurse costume, photos, and books all dedicated to WWI and WWII. Students will learn how Alabama contributed to the war effort.
STEM: This trunk comes with supplies to complete several STEM-related projects, all related to geology and engineering in and around Birmingham.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 205.203.4825 today to reserve a trunk for your classroom!
Right here in Birmingham (Grades K-2)
Have Vulcan visit your classroom! Our brand new outreach program, Right Here in Birmingham, has been designed just for the youngest students! This interactive story time includes an appearance by our very own mascot, V, and a special gift for both students and teachers! The newly commissioned book, Right Here in Birmingham, discusses early Birmingham mining and industrial history from the perspective of a child living in a company town.
Thanks to the generosity of our funding partners, we can sometimes waive or reduce field trip costs for classrooms, primarily from under-served school districts. Funding may also be available for our outreach programs. Opportunities for grant-supported field trips and outreach programs are limited. Please contact Museum Program Coordinator at email@example.com to determine if your school is eligible.
Additionally, corporate donors and other funding agencies may have funds that can be used for educational field trips at Vulcan Park and Museum. Such sources require the school or teacher to apply. We are happy to provide links below to those sources as they become known to us. Please check back for updates.