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There’s no better way to feel like you’re part of history than to experience it, either by visiting the spot where it happened or participating in a hands-on program that lets you get closer to history. Experiential learning, which is a fancy way of saying that people learn through their experiences, helps people connect with the past and imagine what it would have been like to be a part of it.
Virtual field trips offer you a chance to visit places you might not be able to see otherwise. Sometimes, they’ll take you to places that are not normally open to the public. Other times, they give you an opportunity to see places that might be too far away to visit in person. Each of the “Moose on the Loose” virtual field trips will pose a question and then take you on an online journey to find the answer. Along the way, you’ll visit places around the state that will help you gather clues to help you answer the question and see history for yourself. You might even meet a few famous Granite Staters along the way. By the end of your virtual field trip, you should be able to answer the question and solve the history mystery!
There are also suggestions for museums or organizations where you, your family, or your class can visit to participate in a program or tour that brings the topic alive. So go see it for yourself! Or bring a traveling program to your school or group.

New Hampshire Field Trips on "The Abenaki Before 1600"

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New Hampshire Historical Society
Field trips at the New Hampshire Historical Society highlight a broad range of iconic objects associated with the state’s history, including items created by the Abenaki. Feel a beaver skin, imagine what foods were created in a carved stone bowl, and see a full-sized dugout canoe. Students can also participate in the outreach program, "On the Abenaki Trail.” Using original and contemporary artifacts, students learn about the culture of the Abenaki Native Americans and how life changed for them after contact with European settlers.
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Great Bay Discovery Center
The Great Bay Discovery Center offers education programs that combine the study of the Great Bay’s natural beauty with the area’s cultural history. In the “Trail of the Arrowhead” program, students in grades 2-5 are led on a discovery walk to an Abenaki-style fishing encampment. While in camp, students will learn about the history of the Great Bay Abenaki, and how they would have used the natural resources around them in their everyday lives.
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Libby Museum of Natural History
The Libby Museum of Natural History offers a wide range of exhibits and guided tours detailing the natural history of New Hampshire. Many of their programs showcase the natural aspects of New Hampshire which lured tourists to the state for both the enjoyment of its natural beauty and to interact with its many animal species.
Classroom Programs
Millyard Museum
The Millyard Museum in Manchester offers an "Abenaki" traveling trunk that educators can borrow for self-guided, hands-on study in the classroom.
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Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum
Field trips to the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum highlight a broad range of Native American history, including Native American culture, society, and geographic location in the United States. The museum also has a selection of outreach programs with traveling object trunks and a virtual field trip.