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Exploration Programs

Exploration programs are “hands-on, hands-in” programs designed to give students a unique learning experience about the history of farming and rural life in Iowa. All programs are 2-3 hours in length and require 3 adults, (teacher plus two additional adults), admitted free of charge. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance, and are subject to availability.

 

boy doing farm chores

Exploration: Family on the Farm

Availability: 1850 Pioneer Farm: October 26-November 17, 2017 (Wednesdays-Fridays)
1900 Farm: October 26-December 15, 2017 (Wednesdays-Fridays)
Both Farms: March 22-April 19, 2018 (Tuesdays-Fridays)

Grades: 2-3

Fees: $9.50 per student; 18-25 students

Program Length: 3 hours, not including lunch

Explore the choices farm families had to make by participating in hands-on activities on the farm. What did family members have to do? How did the choices families make change their lives? Every program regardless of location will involve farm chores, household chores, and cooking.

Only programs at the 1900 Farm include a horse-drawn wagon ride, weather permitting.

Iowa Core Social Studies Standards met by this program

To request a reservation, fill out the form below.

 

farmer and kids load corn into a corn shellerExploration: Historic Food Production

Availability: 1850 Pioneer Farm: October 26-November 17, 2017 (Wednesdays-Fridays)
1900 Farm: October 26-December 15, 2017 (Wednesdays-Fridays)
Both Farms: March 22-April 19, 2018 (Tuesdays-Fridays)

Grades: 4-6

Fees: $9.50 per student; 18-25 students

Program Length: 3 hours, not including lunch

Explore where food comes from. How did farmers raise crops and livestock? What were these crops and livestock used for, then and now? Students will work in the fields, barnyard, house, and outbuildings to learn how food was produced, prepared, and preserved.

Only programs at the 1900 Farm include a horse-drawn wagon ride, weather permitting.

Iowa Core Social Studies Standards met by this program

To request a reservation, fill out the form below.

 

visitors compete in spelling beeExploration: School in 1875

Availability: October 26-December 15, 2017 (Wednesdays-Fridays)
March 22-April 19, 2018 (Tuesdays-Fridays)
May 1 – May 30, 2018 (Mondays- Fridays)

Grades: 3-6

Fees: $7.00 per student; 12-25 students

Program Length: 2 hours, not including lunch

What was school like in 1875? Students participate in lessons like reading from McGuffey’s Readers, doing math problems on slates, and participating in spelling bees.

Iowa Core Social Studies Standards met by this program

To request a reservation, fill out the form below.

 

interpreter and visitor sweepingExploration: Kids’ Lives in an 1875 Town

Availability:
October 26-December 15, 2017 (Wednesdays-Fridays)
March 22-April 19, 2018 (Tuesdays-Fridays)

Grades: 3-6

Fees: $9.50 per student; 18-25 students

Program Length: 3 hours, not including lunch

What was it like for a child to grow up in a small Iowa town in 1875? During this 3-hour program, your students will learn the answers to this question. They will experience the daily chores and games kids at the Tangen Family Home played, experience a few lessons in the one-room schoolhouse, and do chores typical of children and young adults at one of the local shops in the town of Walnut Hill.

Iowa Core Social Studies Standards met by this program

To request a reservation, fill out the form below.

 

interpreter and visitor use printing pressExploration: Made in 1875

Availability:
October 26-December 15, 2017 (Wednesdays-Fridays)
March 22-April 19, 2018 (Tuesdays-Fridays)

Grades: 3-6

Fees: $9.50 per student; 18-25 students

Program Length: 3 hours, not including lunch

Tradespeople in Walnut Hill provided goods, services, supplies, and products for townspeople and the surrounding farm families. Work alongside these tradespeople as they produce items. Compare these to the same items made in factories, and learn about the competition with local tradespeople.

Iowa Core Social Studies Standards met by this program

To request a reservation, fill out the form below.

 

Reservations

Reservations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. You may make requests regarding what you would like to see and do, but there is no guarantee that these requests can always be honored. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance, and are subject to availability.

 

Program Policies

Please read over all of the following information before requesting a reservation.

Policies: Please read our program policies, including the cancellation policy, behavior guidelines, payment info, and more.
K-12 Policies & Procedures

Iowa Core: Find out how these programs fit into the social studies section of the Iowa Core Curriculum.
Standards Met by Exploration Programs

Code of Conduct: During your visit, you agree that your group, including adults, will abide by the Museum Code of Conduct.
Museum Code of Conduct

Leader’s Guide: You will also receive a pre-tour Leader’s Guide via email. It is vital that you read this information prior to your visit.

 

Adult Chaperones

  • Free Adults Policy: Living History Farms allows three adults to come at no charge per program. The teacher counts as one of the three adults.
  • Adult Fees: $9.50/person. Note that some programs have space limitations and therefore the number of adults that are allowed to come along may be restricted.
  • Bus drivers and any 1-1 associates are always admitted free. These free adults do NOT count in the ratio mentioned above.


Exploration Program Request Form