woody guthrie center EDUCATION


“Watch the kids. Do like they do. Act like they act. Yell like they yell. Dance the ways you see them dance. Sing like they sing. Work and rest the way the kids do.

You’ll be healthier. You’ll feel wealthier. You’ll talk wiser. You’ll go higher, do better, and live longer here amongst us if you’ll just only jump in here and swim around in these songs and do like the kids do.

I don’t want the kids to be grown up. I want to see the grown folks be kids.” — Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born to humble beginnings, but he didn’t let that stop him from making a difference. That’s the lesson everyone should take away from the Woody Guthrie Center®. Not only does the center teach others about the artist’s life and work, but it also highlights him as an example of the potential in all of us.

Woody's Classroom

Woody’s Classroom

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Woody's Classroom

A one-stop shop for educational materials, Woody’s Classroom offers lesson plans and activities to teach students about Woody, his music, and the historical context of his work.

Woody’s Workshop

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Woody's Workshop at the Woody Guthrie Center

Woody’s Workshop encourages young musicians ages 12-18 to think independently, work cooperatively, and discover their own creativity.

Woody's Workshop at the Woody Guthrie Center

School Tours

As an educational facility, the Woody Guthrie Center encourages creativity. Field trips to the center inspire students to use their creativity to demonstrate true learning and understanding of their world.

Educators face many challenges, so the center makes resources available to educators and students for free. The staff enjoys customizing the many lessons available at the center to your curriculum.

Request a Tour

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To discuss your curriculum or schedule a free tour of the Woody Guthrie Center in preparation of students’ field trip please submit the form below.

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