Education is the heart of Historic Yellow Springs’ mission. HYS’ programs allow visitors to explore over 300 years of history, a rich artistic heritage, and inspiring natural beauty. The village is a learning laboratory for all ages to expand their knowledge, open their minds, and get their feet wet. Education staff organize custom group tours and maintain a self-guided tour program. Exhibits, including our permanent orientation exhibit The Lure of the Springs, trace our history through original artifacts and images and present the work of innovative artists.
Over three centuries, the Village of Yellow Springs has experienced a wild and intriguing history. Now, the Discovery Trail provides the best way to explore and understand this fascinating slice of America’s past.
Self Guided Tours
Family & Home School Groups
Come to the Lincoln Building to pick up your History brochure for adults and Discovery brochure and passport booklet for children. View the large map in the foyer or on the front porch and plan which of the six trail site locations you want to walk to first. At each trail site location you will find a large metal sign with illustrations describing one of the eras of Yellow Springs’ past. Also at each location is an activity box that contains a stamp that corresponds to the children’s brochure. Stamp the passport at each of the six trail site locations. Family members can read to each other the sections of the brochures and signs that describe a portion of Yellow Springs’ diverse and exciting past. In good weather, bring a lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables by the old pool house. $2.00 per person to cover cost of materials is appreciated.
Scout Groups & Community Groups
Come and enjoy a fun and educational outing for your community, civic or church group. Please call in advance and let us know when you’d like to come. We will make sure there are enough brochures and passports for your group. A staff member or volunteer host will greet you and give you a brief orientation to Yellow Springs and some of the highlights you will discover as you explore the Discovery Trail. $4.00 per person to cover cost of materials is appreciated.
School Groups & After School Clubs
Teachers please call in advance to reserve a day for an exciting fieldtrip for your students. When you arrive, a staff member will greet your class and give you a brief orientation to Yellow Springs and how to use the brochure, passport, and map. This walking Discovery Trail covers 300 years of local, state and national history with unique hands on learning exploration amid 142 acres of woodland, wetlands, meadows and gardens. This field trip is an excellent cross-curricular learning experience for your students in history, arts and natural sciences. This self guided field trip is only $4.00 per student.
Step-On Tours – please call in advance ($50 for up to 10 people, 10+ is addt’l $5 per person)
Our HYS Guide will ‘step-on’ your mini-bus (24 passengers or less) and give an enlivened and detailed history from interesting vantage points throughout the property and surrounding area. Visitors will see landscapes and buildings not part of our standard Village Walking Tours.
Village Walking Tours – please call in advance ($50 for up to 10 people, 10+ is addt’l $5 per person)
This is an adult focused outdoor walking program that includes an introductory power point presentation, a guided tour of the various historic buildings and beautiful grounds, plus a visit to our orientation exhibit “The Lure of the Springs.”
Other topics from our history include these exciting themes:
- Lenape and the presence of pre-Colonial peoples in Yellow Springs
- First Military Hospital in North America commissioned by General Washington
- Colonial and Fashionable Spas of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
- Post Civil War and the Chester Springs Soldier Orphan School
- American impressionist artists at the Chester Springs Country School of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Good News Production and movie making in Yellow Springs
For reservations or more information, please call Sandy at (610)827-7414 ext. 19 or firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact us in advance prior to your visit.