Heritage Hikes

Heritage’s architecture education program for third graders!

The Heritage Hikes program is a fun and interactive way for third graders to discover local history through Victorian architecture and home life.

Heritage Hikes docent JoAnn Stewart leads third graders through the Haas-Lilienthal House.

The program has three components: classroom study, a docent-led house tour and a teacher-led neighborhood architectural treasure hunt. For classroom study, teachers are provided a brief training workshop and a pre-visit Architrunk. Architrunks are multimedia resources for teachers to share with their students. The trunks consist of an educational video and picture slide show accompanied by a script, as well as books, worksheets and activities. Trunks also include architectural pieces for students to see and touch, such as moldings, finials and corner pieces.

The class is then given a student version of Heritage’s Haas-Lilienthal House tour where docents teach what life was like more than one hundred years ago for children like them. Finally, students and teachers are provided with treasure maps for the neighborhood, where they spot and check off building features they’ve learned about.

Tours are offered Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and the house is an easy walk to Lafayette Park for a picnic lunch afterward (lunch arrangements can be made in the case of rain). The Heritage Hikes program is free to San Francisco schools, but donations are always accepted.

Want to learn more or arrange a visit? Contact Heritage’s administrative and volunteer coordinator John Adams at 415-441-3000 x25 or jadams@sfheritage.org. You can also contact Heritage Hikes docent JoAnn Stewart at jostewart6@msn.com.

Space is limited, so please contact us soon!