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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! All programs and tours support the Iowa Core Curriculum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Living History Farms offers adult education classes throughout the year. Also, Living History Farms periodically partners with Heartland AEA 11 to offer teacher workshops.