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School Tours and Teacher Resources

Ruthmere Campus is pleased to offer educational experiences for students preschool age through high school graduation.  Click the program below that suits your needs.

Ruthmere Campus Field Trip Assistance Program

Through the generous sponsorship from grants and private donors, Ruthmere is pleased to offer field trip assistance for grades K-12 to the first 2,000 students residing in Elkhart County and ANY COUNTY immediately adjacent to Elkhart County in Indiana or Michigan. The sponsorship pays for the tour experience for students, accompanying teachers and one adult chaperone for every 8 students.  Additional adult chaperones are admitted at the group tour rate of $7 for Ruthmere tour, $3 for Havilah Beardsley House tour or $10 for full campus tour. 

The sponsorship also offers a generous transportation stipend that is paid to the student's school AFTER the field trip has taken place.  Stipend allocations for the 2019-2020 academic year are as follows:

-$150 per student group that brings 51-100 students over two separate dates. 
-$100 per student group that brings 51-100 students on a single date.
-$75 per student group that brings 25-50 students.
-$50 per student group that brings 5-24 students.
-Off peak bonus of $50 given to schools that schedule their field trip during an off peak months of July, August, September, October, November and December.

All school tours grades 3-Senior (public, private and registered home schools) include a student membership valued at $30 per year, that goes to every participating student.  These student memberships are valid from the day of the student's field trip until the student's high school graduation.  

If you would like to take out a Ruthmere Student Membership and you do not qualify for a FREE Student Memberships from the Field Trip Assistance Program, you may take out a Student Membership at this following link:

Student Membership

Educator's Kit

We have developed a set of materials for teachers to use in the classroom as part of their local history curriculum. The PowerPoint presentation "Exploring Elkhart's Roots with Ruthmere" is also ideal as a preview presentation for classes planning a visit to Ruthmere. The complete kit includes the presentation, a presenters guide and a copy of the Indiana State Standards for third grade social studies to help in lesson planning. Download the complete kit below (this is a 50 mb download, so please allow sufficient time). 

exploring elkhart's roots.ppt


Now introducing the Introduction to Museums: A Children's Guide! This colorful booklet for children is a great way to teach new museum-goers about the do's and don'ts of museums and why they are important. It ties in with the Mousleys, Ruthmere's children book series.

DOWNLOAD Introduction to Museums: A Children's Guide here: Children's Museum Guide.pdf      



302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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