Dade Heritage Trust launches Historic Places, Green Spaces

Dade Heritage Trust launches Historic Places, Green Spaces

The program will provide students with field trips to two historic sites in Lummus Park — Fort Dallas and the Wagner Homestead.

Dade Heritage Trust (DHT) has announced the launch of its newest educational program: Historic Places, Green Spaces.

The inaugural program will provide elementary and middle school students with half-day field trips to two historic sites in Lummus Park – Fort Dallas and the Wagner Homestead. Students will be given tours of the park and historic buildings by DHT program educators and participate in an interactive and educational program.

“Historic Places, Green Spaces was created to acquaint students and educators with significant cultural, historical and recreational spaces within urban Miami,” said Christine Rupp, executive director of DHT. “It is our hope that these students feel encouraged to revisit the park after their field trip and become the conduit for knowledge to be passed on to their family members.”

The program, launched in November, has 40 field trips scheduled through January. In March, Dade Heritage Trust will offer a teacher workshop regarding the program which will be held at the historic Scottish Rite Temple, adjacent to Lummus Park.

“With this new program, students will have the unique opportunity to play outdoors and engage with historic places in Miami through inquiry-based and hands-on learning techniques,” said Lucia Meneses, DHT’s school programs manager.

The Historic Places, Green Spaces program offers three different levels of curriculum to align with teaching standards from kindergarten through eighth grade. The program, in cooperation with the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department, is underwritten by grants from The Peacock Foundation, The Batchelor Foundation, The Admire Family Foundation, The Goldsmith Family Foundation and The Cobb Family Foundation.

Miami-Dade County teachers are encouraged to contact DHT for more information about this free program, which includes transportation to and from schools in the county. For more information or to request a field trip, contact Lucia Meneses at or 305-358-9572.

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