Over the course of a varied career, Frederick Law Olmsted worked in a New York dry-goods store and took a year-long voyage to China. He studied surveying and engineering, chemistry and scientific farming on a farm in Staten Island, NY. He was a college dropout but published influential books and even worked as a reporter for the New York Times— and that was all before he completed Central Park and invented landscape architecture!
Olmsted’s diverse experiences and career path inspire activities across a wide range of topics. This toolkit outlines various educational programs and resources for K-12 students.
For Young Kids
You’re never too young to learn about the benefits of parks and Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture. These resources connect students to Olmsted and his principles through history, art, science or some combination thereof.
For Older Kids
Use these creative ideas to learn about the life and living legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture. These resources connect students to Olmsted and his principles through history, art, science or some combination thereof.
Download a collection of resources— books, lesson plans and videos— that can be incorporated into your classroom teachings about Frederick Law Olmsted. If your class completes a unit on Olmsted, consider reaching out to us with photos and a recap for our blog.
For Troop Leaders
Designed for troops and individual scouts, here are opportunities for all ages to learn about the work and living legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted— and even earn badges and awards in the process!