Class Field Trips
Why Bring Your Class Here?
Class trips at the Memorial and Museum offer students unique opportunities to hear first-hand accounts and perspectives about the Vietnam War and Era.
Since 1998, we have hosted over 120,000 students and educators, representing the region’s diverse school districts. Many have participated in our educational programs for over a decade.Our programs supplement and enhance classroom instruction through the integration of NJ State Department of Education Core Curriculum Content Standards and cross-disciplinary learning.
We rely on Vietnam Veterans to help us educate the students and educators of New Jersey and the region. Our tour guides come from all over the state. Many are retired educators. The factual information provided to the students during their visits is enhanced by their personal stories. When asked what they remember most about their tour, most students say it was the Vietnam Veteran who took the time to share his/her story and the deeper understanding they have as a result.
Educational programs are central to our work. Using New Jersey as a microcosm of what happened on a larger scale; the Foundation provides resources and exhibits to help students and educators understand the significance of the Memorial, the reality of the conflict, and the social, political and cultural complexities of the War years and how they were experienced in New Jersey.
You can see what our class trips are like HERE
You can view some of our Veterans sharing their experiences HERE
What You Can Expect:
Guided tours of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center in Holmdel are available to any group of 15 or more people. These guided tours are led by Vietnam Veteran volunteers who share their personal experiences. Guided tours must be arranged prior to your visit.
Tours are approximately 1-1/2 hours long, but can be expanded up to 3 hours. Class trips usually start at either 9:30 AM or 11:30 AM, Monday through Friday, but we are very flexible and can work with your schedule and needs. Tours can be customized to any age group.
Because March through June is our peak school season, it is advisable to book a tour early in the school year as time slots fill quickly. It is suggested to book a year in advance if possible.
Tours for other groups including adult, college, youth and scouts can be arranged by special appointment. These tours can be tailored to include just the Memorial or Museum. We can arrange these tours to meet each groups special needs. Email Sarah Taggart or call 732 – 335 – 0033 x 104 for more information.
Group tours have a 15 person minimum charge. Fees include curriculum materials to prepare for and enhance your visit.
- A traditional 1 1/2 hour tour: $6.00 per person
- Extended tours vary from $7.00 to $10.00 per person. Tours range from 2 to 3 1/2 hours. If you have an interested and engaged group of students, we strongly recommend expanding upon our traditional tour.
Download & Print the NJVVMF Group Program Contract.
- Please note that free guided tours of the Memorial are offered the first Saturday of each month at 11:00 and 1:00. Museum admission applies if entered after tour.
Please choose from the links below for additional information.
GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION
Each year, more than 10,000 school students visited the Memorial and the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center.
A guided tour of the Memorial and Museum & Educational Center provides an opportunity for students to learn the history of the Memorial and Museum & Educational Center, as well as have a chance to interact with Veterans who served in the military during the Vietnam War.
All our guided tours are led by Vietnam Veteran volunteers who share their personal experiences with our visitors. Traditional tours are approximately 90 minutes but can be expanded up to 3 1/2 hours. If you have an interested and engaged group of students, we strongly recommend expanding upon our traditional tour.
Class trips usually start at either 9:30 AM or 11:30 AM, Monday through Friday, but we are very flexible and can work with your schedule and needs. Tours can be customized to any age group. March through June are is our peak class trip time – slots fill early in the school year. We recommend that teachers book their tour as far in advance as possible to get the tour date and time they prefer.
Extended & Special Tours
If your group would like to have an extended tour, please contact us. Many school groups choose to do a lesson with worksheets and/or other activities like ourPuzzle Activity that require additional time . We try to be a flexible as possible. Please call our office at 732-335-0033 x 104 or Email Sarah Taggart or call 732 – 335 – 0033 x 104 to discuss any special requests or needs.
Tours for other groups including adult, college, youth and scouts can be arranged by special appointment. These tours can be arranged to include just the Memorial, or the Museum and the Memorial. We can arrange these tours to meet each group’s special needs. Please call our office for more information.
How To Book Your Tour
Determine bus availability or potential school scheduling conflicts.
Call the NJVVMF office (732-335-0033 x 104) to determine availability of tour times
Once you have received available dates from our staff, return your signed contract and $35 non-refundable deposit to our offices ASAP so we can accommodate your first choice for a tour date. We cannot hold tour dates without the signed contract and your non-refundable deposit.
You will receive written confirmation of your tour and your teacher packet.
Review your packet and use the material provided to prepare your class. Review the "Responsibilities of Teachers and Chaperones" and "Expectations of Students" sheets with both your students and the chaperones prior to your visit.
Allow enough time for your financial personnel to process any purchase orders or perform any other financial procedures. Payment for your tour is due on or before the day of your visit. Come, have fun and learn!
Each year we get thousands of thank you notes from students, teachers and groups. Below are some highights
“North Warren Regional School wishes to express appreciation to the staff at the Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center and to the veterans for making our day at the museum and memorial a wonderful and unforgettable experience. The museum, with the two concurrent historical timelines, offered and excellent overview of the history of the Vietnam Era. The memorial and symbolism around it was breathtakingly beautiful and well planned.
We wish to thank the two veterans for their donation of time to help our students understand this piece of history but even more so to thank them for putting their lives on the line for our freedom and for human rights issues far away.
Please give the veterans these pictures and our appreciation goes out to everyone involved in making this happen.”
-Juliana R., North Warren Regional School
“A very special thanks to you for taking time to escort my students through the Memorial and museum. Your willingness to be honest and not “sugarcoat” your experience in the Vietnam Ear made a lasting impression on the students. This was my second visit to the Memorial and Educational Center, and it is remarkable to me that no matter how much teaching material we access about the sixties era, it isn‘t until we return from Holmdel that the kids can really make sense of it.
In this new era in which we live, the history of our country and our world must be taught to our students in a way in which they can connect and find relevance in the lessons. I hope you know the importance of the history and life-lessons you‘ve given my students.”
-Paula G., Egg Harbor Township High School
“Thank you for talking to our school about the Memorial and your experiences in Vietnam. The Memorial is incredible and I have never seen anything like it. I really appreciate you taking time to talk to us and explain about the war. It was great for me to learn more about our country‘s history, especially in such a remarkable way.
The letter to and from Vietnam especially caught my attention. I never knew that the war could be so moving and sad. Some of these letters really gave me a great insight into what living in that era was like. One of the letters particularly made me appreciate your time and energy. It was about a woman who was congratulating her son that he would soon be a father. Five weeks later he was killed in a battle.
This gave me a glimpse into how the war affected people of all ages and that it still does.
Before I went on this trip, I really did not have an idea of how hard the war was for veterans. I know now that people are still influenced by the conflict in many ways and it gave me a good understanding of our country‘s history.”
-Laura I., Long Valley Middle School
“You are the living memories of those who fought and died for their country. By the end of the war, the entire conflict was considered a mistake by many. Many of the soldiers, no doubt, had no idea what they were fighting for, dying for. People like you keep the memories alive. And with these memories, hopefully, we will not repeat this mistake. On behalf of the Princeton Day School middle school, I thank you. You have shown me the meaning of both patriotism and oppression.”
-Lon J., Princeton Day School