The Huntington's education programs interpret the collections and promote life-long learning to a broad audience. Programs range from lively pre-school programs to intensive five-week teacher institutes and an array of programs for the general public.
Each year, more than 20,000 school children experience The Huntington through school visits, facilitated tours and hands-on activities.
Collaborating with Teachers
The Huntington offers more than a dozen different programs, all addressing state and local education standards. The Huntington is also working with educators to help implement the Common Core education standards. Huntington educators have collaborated with classroom teachers to develop more than 75 lesson plans that highlight the collections; these are available online and serve schools nationwide. As many as 500 teachers a year participate in professional development activities that feature scholarly lectures and curriculum development.
Other educational resources online include interactive websites and introductory DVDs.
Welcoming the Community
More than 10,000 people participate each year in public programs, including classes, workshops, performances, and lectures. Audio guides for adults and children are available in the European and American art galleries. An audio tour for the Chinese Garden is available for download in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. A wide range of audio material is also available at iTunes U. Group tours are available by arrangement.
Seeds, Soil, and Surprises
Using the lens of Seeds, Soil, and Surprises, this suite of lessons is intended to help teachers and students develop the critical skill set needed to work successfully with primary sources across any subject matter and support Common Core State Standards.
Shakespeare at The Huntington
A unique, two-week institute designed primarily for secondary teachers of English and Drama. Shakespeare at The Huntington focuses on teaching Shakespeare through performance, and features an international faculty of scholars, educators and theatre professionals.
Huntington U Seminars
These six-week courses feature lectures by distinguished professors and lively discussions, but there are no papers to write and no final test! Topics change each session and range from Shakespeare and medicinal plants, to American art and the gold rush. More.
California Missions Website Supports 4th-Grade Curricula
The Huntington has developed an educational website related to the exhibition "Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions" based on California’s Common Core Standards in support of 4th-grade curricula.