Field Trips

For our youngest learners we offer hands-on, engaging field trips that promote literacy, comprehension and social interaction using our collection of historic locomotives and rolling stock. 

The programs below are developed using the most current MSDE curriculum standards for 2nd grade students: 


Commerce on the Railroad 

In this program, students will learn about many different types of freight cars used on the railroad. Using America’s favorite fruit, the banana, students will explore how the banana is transported from the field to their table. 

Activities available for 2nd grade students in this program:
  • Tour: The B&O Goes Bananas: The Journey from Trees to Our Tables 
  • Workshop: What’s in That Train Car? Workshop 
  • Railroad Storytime: Includes a storybook read a-loud and an accompanying activity. Choose between Trains by Gail Gibbons or Trains Coming Through! by Stephanie Morgan 
  • Train Ride: Take a ride down the first mile of the B&O Railroad aboard the Mile One Express (available Wednesday-Friday) 
MSDE Curriculum Standards: 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How does the movement of goods and ideas influence the growth of a community? 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How do individuals and groups produce goods and services? 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How is life different today than in the past? 

Railroad Safety 

In this program, students will learn ways that the railroad keeps their employees and passengers safe.  Using our historic collection of signs and signals students will learn how the evolution of signs and signals coincides with technological advancements like electricity and automobiles. 

Activities available for 2nd grade students in this program: 
  • Tour: Railroad Signs and Signals: The Evolution of Visual Communication on the Railroad 
  • Workshop: Design a Safe Community Workshop 
  • Railroad Storytime: Includes a storybook read a-loud and an accompanying activity. Choose between Trains and Tracks by Operation Life Saver or Clifford and the Railroad Crossing by Norman Bridwell 
  • Train Ride: Take a ride down the first mile of the B&O Railroad aboard the Mile One Express (available Wednesday-Friday) 
MSDE Curriculum Standards: 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How do movement of goods and ideas influence the growth of a community? 
  • MSDE Social Studies – Essential Question: How is life different today than in the past? 

Build Your Own Field Trip 

Mix and match activities from available themes to build your own field trip.  Activities from other grade levels are available too but may not be aligned to 2nd grade curriculum standards. 

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Questions about our programs?

Contact our Education Department at Edu@BORail.org

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