Explore the '60s

Book in-person and online K-12 field trips to Bethel Woods Center and Museum.

Students with clipboards taking notes at a 60's exhibit at Bethel Woods

Explore museum education and creative learning programs designed to bring the lessons of the sixties to life as students discover themes of individual expression, social consciousness, cultural engagement, empowerment, and inspiration. 

Each school field trip includes a teacher planning consultation, customized pre and post virtual visit activities, and resources for continued exploration and learning.

Field Trip Themes Offered


How is artistic expression used to respond to and promote change? This program will explore the cultural, social, and political issues of the 1960s with an emphasis on how art, music and fashion influenced the counterculture. A Bethel Woods Teaching Artist will guide students through a Museum visit, creative activities, and group discussions as they explore the transformative power of art and create connections to their thoughts and feelings around the issues of today.

Recommended for grades 4 -12

Pins, buttons, and dog tags from the 60's on display at Bethel Woods


How do three days of Peace, Love and Music inspire a generation? Students will explore the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, and Museum collections, then join a Bethel Woods Teaching Artist for a creative engagement and dialogue about the impact of this historic event, the community and collaboration that sustained it and the impacts and connections that are still relevant today.

Recommended for grades K-12

historic photo of the crowd at woodstock with the speaker towers in the distance

In-Person K-12 Field Trips: (as of 2021)

  • Available: April – Dec, Mon - Fri
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Program Cost: $10 per person - Free for Sullivan County Students
  • Chaperone Policy: Bethel Woods requires a minimum of one chaperone for every 10 students.

New! Virtual Field Trips - learn from anywhere:

Experience the '60s like never before with a virtual program direct to your classroom, home, or learning pod!

  • Available: Jan – Dec, Mon – Fri
  • Duration: 55 Min
  • Program Cost: $150 per class - Free for Sullivan County Students

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Transportation & financial assistance is available.

To inquire about scheduling customized sensory-friendly visits between April-December, please contact education@bethelwoodscenter.org.

Funding for Explore the ’60s has been provided by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts members and donors. Museum admission for Sullivan County students is sponsored through a gift made by Robyn Gerry. 

Funding for education and creative programs has been provided by Bethel Woods members and donors and through generous gifts from foundations, individuals and agencies including: the John N. Blackman Sr. Foundation, Annelise Gerry and Family, Nellie and Robert Gipson of the Tianaderrah Foundation, the William and Elaine Kaplan Family Foundations,  the Rea Charitable Trust, the Rhulen Loughlin Family in memory of Trevor John Loughlin, the Rea Charitable Trust, the Rowley Family Fund for Women & Children, TD Charitable Foundation and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. View a copy of our annual report or visit our website  for a more comprehensive list of supporters.