Field Trips are a great way for students to experience their lessons with immersive encounters of the subject of study. Living History field trips sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Duke Energy are an excellent example of these encounters. Students are transported to the 1880s-1890s at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, where docents, dressed in period costume, guide students through Osceola County’s past.
Students will explore the County’s past through the interpretation of our Pioneer Boomtown; Citrus Junction, which features a train depot, a schoolhouse, period homes of a cracker farmer, citrus grove operator, and cowman and a Seminole settlement. The pages of your student’s history book come alive as they make their way through town. Students are encouraged to act the part of Central Florida’s early pioneers through participation in children’s games, activities, and even chores!
At the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, students will learn about the county’s ecosystem, Native American peoples, early settlers and famous cowmen through interactive exhibits. The museum’s temporary exhibit changes often, with new offerings to visitors every few months. Beginning January 15th visitors can step back in timeand take a look at the history of the region’s musical ensembles. Students who tour the temporary exhibit have the option to participate in a painting session that features the exhibit.