Educational Programming

Give the Gift of a Field Trip to Local Schools!

We are excited to announce that we are launching an end of year giving drive in order to fund a new educational initiative to benefit area schools. The educational fund aims to offer field trips to Rural Hill at absolutely zero cost to the school by waiving the field trip fee and also reimbursing the school for transportation costs for students. The goal is to offer this program to 10 area schools in 2018.

As many of you know, we have been hosting field trips at a deep discount for area schools, but have noticed a decline in public school attendance due to a lack of available public funds for fieldtrips. “We believe that field trips are a vital part of the educational experience for students, and that a good field trip will have a lasting impact well beyond just that day. Almost everyone you meet can remember a field trip from their childhood, and we don’t want to see our local students deprived of that experience,” states Jeff Fissel, Executive Director of Historic Rural Hill.

Based on county data, it costs a school roughly $500 per grade level of 100 students to bus students to a field trip. Little to no county or state funding is allotted to funding field trips for local schools, which leaves the financial burden to already strapped schools and parents. Rural Hill’s educational programs are multi-disciplinary and expose students to history first hand, giving students a broad and unique hands on learning experience.
Interested individuals can donate through Rural Hill’s donation platform, choosing to give one-time, or have a recurring donation. Those interested in donating over $500, or to “sponsor a school” are encouraged to email Jeff Fissel at to discuss options.

Let Rural Hill provide you with the best field trip options available! Currently serving the greater Charlotte community and its surrounding schools, we continue to enjoy a greater recognition for our educational services. Our educational programs are experience based and focus not just on history, but also on nature, science, writing, creative thinking, and even math skills! Each program is heavily dependent on student participation and plenty of questions are asked of them. Believing that to truly learn one must fully experience the lesson at hand, student’s are allowed to smell, feel, hear, and sometimes (in regards to our heritage breed farm animals) even feed the history that they are learning about!Remember to plan time for free play, the nature trail, or a hay ride! With 265 acres of historic farm and forest land, there’s always something to do and see!