Frequently Asked Questions - Living History Farms

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a reservation?

Visit the page of the program or excursion you would like to reserve and click on the link underneath the individual program descriptions, or call the Education Department at 515-278-5286. Office hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
 Reservations must be made three weeks in advance. Please be ready to provide the following information:

  • The tour or program you would like

  • Desired date (with alternatives)
  • Anticipated arrival and departure times
  • Name of teacher in charge
  • Complete mailing address, telephone number
 and email address
  • Grade and number of students or any special needs of your students

  • If you would like to participate in the Worry Free Lunch Program

How do I pay for my tour or program?

If you have scheduled a tour during the general visitor season from May – October, you may pay one of three ways: with a check from your school or organization, with a credit card, or by bringing a purchase order. Have further questions about payment?  Contact our finance department at

Are your programs and tours backed by standards and benchmarks?

Yes! All programs and tours support the Iowa Core Curriculum.

I am a member of a home-school group. What can I do?

All programs and tours can be adapted for groups of home-school families. Because some programs are by reservation only, you need to have a minimum number of participating students. Also, some programs require that students be a minimum age in order to participate.

I represent a youth organization, such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or a youth camp. What can I do?

All programs and tours can be adapted to meet your needs! Many programs also can satisfy some requirements for badges if you are a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop. Programs and tours are available on weekends by reservation.

I’ve made a reservation. What’s next?

Shortly after you have made a reservation, you will receive an email confirmation. Approximately one month before your visit, you will receive a pre-visit packet of information about your program or tour.

How do I prepare for the program or tour?

Your pre-visit material will contain activities and information to help prepare your group for your visit. Keep in mind that  Living History Farms is an outdoor museum on 500 acres. Dress appropriately for the weather, for being on a farm, and for being outside.

What is expected of my group in terms of behavior?

In 2011, Living History farms adopted Character Counts! as an organization. We will model the 6 Pillars of Character during your visit, and ask that you do the same. Please see the section on Character Counts for more information.

What do you offer for adults and/or teachers?

Living History Farms offers adult education classes throughout the year. Also, Living History Farms periodically partners with Heartland AEA 11 to offer teacher workshops.

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