Place Based Service Learning: A Gateway to Community Collaboration

Tuesday 1:30 – 4:00 – Room B-1

Presenters: Elisabeth Colby (Boston National Historical Park); Beth Beringer (Essex National Heritage Area); Scott Gausen and Rob Wilson (Springfield Armory National Historic Site)

Learn to achieve curricular goals through real-world experiences using your community’s cultural and historic surroundings. This workshop introduces A Park for Every Classroom, a place-based service learning (PBSL) pedagogy that combines the expertise of teachers, National Park educators and non-profit partners to engage students in learning. You will learn how to use PBSL to promote student content and skill mastery through active learning, utilizing community resources and addressing community needs and interests. Option to earn free 10 PDPs.

Target Audience:

  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School


  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • Civics


Workshop Flyer (PDF)
Lesson Plan Template
Community Connections Cover Sheet
Community Connections PDP Requirements
Armory Case Study