Longue Vue House and Gardens offers a variety of guided field trips for students of all ages. The younger ones love digging for worms and crushing herbs in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden, an interactive, hands-on children’s garden. Older students exploring the 8-acre Country Place Era estate can find inspiration for photography, drawing, and design projects.
These field trips, which can be shaped to support Louisiana Grade Level Expectations, normally have an associated fee. However, in keeping with its goal to make quality programming available to all students who can benefit without regard to means, Longue Vue maintains an Education Fund. This fund allows students who cannot afford to attend the option of participating at reduced or no cost.
Despite the Education Fund, many educators expressed to Longue Vue staff that their schools were unable to participate because of the cost of bussing students to and from Longue Vue. Upon realizing this need, Longue Vue applied for a grant from the PeyBack Foundation, founded by Denver Broncos quarterback (and New Orleans native) Peyton Manning. Longue Vue received the grant, which allowed us to set up a Bus Fund for schools that need transportation assistance.
The Education Fund
- Type of Assistance: Free or reduced fee field trips at Longue Vue
- Eligibility: Assistance is available in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard Parishes for students of all grade levels attending public or nonprofit schools, as well as to children attending after school programs run by public schools or nonprofits, and to children attending nonprofit run summer camps.
The Bus Fund
- Type of Assistance: Free transportation to and from Longue Vue
- Eligibility: Assistance is available in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard Parishes for public or nonprofit schools, after school programs run by public schools or nonprofits, and to nonprofit run summer camps. Bus funds are only available for groups of 25 students or more.
Educators from eligible schools may apply for both the Education and Bus Funds on the field trip booking form . The education scholarship fund is in place to provide access to Longue Vue’s Discovery Garden for local students. Chaperones are a big part of the field trip experience, thus Longue Vue will extend complimentary admission for one chaperone for every six students. Additional chaperones are welcome, but will be charged the $4 field trip admission fee.