Character Counts - Living History Farms

Character Counts

A Learner’s Bill of Rights & Character Counts!®

In 2011, Living History Farms adopted Character Counts!® That means, we will model the Six Pillars of Character during your tour. Here are some examples of what you can expect from our staff as you visit.

Living History Farms' staff will be “TRUSTWORTHY.” Our staff will…

  1. Present accurate, un-biased information in an age-appropriate manner.
  2. Answer appropriate questions from your students, as time permits.
  3. Have buildings open and presentable at the proper times.
  4. Be mentally prepared for guests.

Living History Farms' staff will be RESPECTFUL.” Our staff will…

  1. Treat students, teachers, chaperones & all museum guests in a professional & courteous manner.
  2. Respect students’ desire to learn and to be involved.
  3. Respect and adapt to a group’s unique needs and interests, by accommodating as best as possible any special needs or interests brought to their attention.

Living History Farms’ staff will be RESPONSIBLE.” Our staff will…

  1. Conduct tours and activities in a way that maintains the safety of all students, teachers, chaperones, and staff.
  2. Conduct tours and activities in a way that protects the buildings, artifacts and livestock at Living History Farms.
  3. Safely implement emergency response plans (such as severe weather), as laid out in the Living History Farms’ employee handbook, should the need arise.

Living History Farms’ staff will be FAIR.” Our staff will… 

  1. Create an environment in which all can learn.
  2. Ensure that any disruptions are handled in a professional manner.
  3. Answer sincere questions, and will acknowledge and encourage relevant questions.

Living History Farms’ staff will model CARING.” Our staff will:

  1. Provide appropriate assistance as needed and available, from the moment of check – in until the time you depart.
  2. Work with an open and positive attitude to solve any problems that may arise, and to thank you and your students for coming today.

Living History Farms’ staff will model good CITIZENSHIP.” Our staff will…

  1. Cooperate with each other, and with you, to make this program both educational and enjoyable.
  2. Do our share to take care of the environment around us.

“A Learner’s Bill of Rights” adopted March 2003

Adapted August 2011 to incorporate the 6 Pillars of Character!®

Character Counts!® & Museum Behavior

What Living History Farms will expect from you, your students, & all adult chaperones with your group…

You, your students, & chaperones will be TRUSTWORTHY.” For example, everyone will…

  1. Be mentally prepared to ask appropriate questions, and to participate in appropriate activities.
  2. Dressed appropriately for the weather and for an outside experience.
  3. Teachers will be prepared to turn in necessary information to the ticketing staff (numbers of students & chaperones, payment method, etc.) at time of check in.
  4. Strive to arrive at your appointed time, or by calling LHF if you are running behind schedule.

You, your students, & your chaperones be RESPECTFUL.” For example, everyone will…

  1. Respect all staff at the museum, and follow reasonable requests and instructions from them, such as not talking when the staff person is speaking, or helping as directed with an activity.
  2. Respect the buildings, grounds, animals and items at the museum, handling items only when indicated, and being especially careful around livestock and animals.
  3. Respect other museum guests, including while at the museum store, the restrooms, the picnic areas, and on the trails.
  4. All members of your group will be respectful of the rules at Living History Farms, including, but not limited to the following:
    1. not smoking anywhere at Living History Farms.
    2. not harassing any livestock by chasing them or throwing items at them. 

You, your students, & your chaperones will beRESPONSIBLE.” For example, everyone will…

  1. Stay on task, and project a “learning-first” attitude.
  2. Read the information in the pre-visit materials.
  3. Follow the day’s itinerary as best as possible, while acknowledging that some things may change unexpectedly due to unforeseen occurrences.
  4. Keep students and chaperones together, as well as keeping track of their own belongings.

You, your students, & your chaperones will be FAIR.” For example, everyone will…

  1. Take turns asking questions, so that all have a chance to be heard.
  2. Listen to others when they are talking.
  3. Take turns when getting drinks at drinking fountains.

You, your students, & your chaperones will be CARING.” For example, everyone will…

  1. Make sure that any trash is placed in trash cans.
  2. Not pick any wildflowers; the plants need the blooms for the seeds for next year!
  3. Help each other and others with a positive attitude when needed.

You, your students, & your chaperones will demonstrate CITIZENSHIP.” For example, everyone will…

  1. Represent your school or organization in a way that shows your pride in that school or organization
  2. Follow all posted and verbal safety guidelines, including:
    1. Not smoking or using tobacco on the grounds
    2. Walking, not running, while on the trails and the boardwalks.
    3. Keeping all hands and feet inside the tractor-drawn carts while riding in them.
  3. Cooperate with each other while eating, visiting the restrooms, getting drinks, and at other times. 

“3 Rs of Museum Behavior” Adopted March 2003
Adapted August 2011 to incorporate the 6 Pillars of Character!®


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