K-12 Schools

The following programs are available to schools. Choose one of the programs below to learn more, and to make a reservation.

Reservations for the 2019 – 2020 school year may be made beginning on August 1, 2019.


Historic interpreter interacting with school group in 1875 Drug StoreLearning Excursion School Tours

Available May-October

Learning Excursion trips for schools and homeschools connect youth of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences. Offered in spring, summer, and fall during our regular season, these curriculum-connected tours are based on the State Board of Education’s social studies standards. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance, and are subject to availability.

Learning Excursion School Tours


boy doing farm choresExploration Programs

Available October-December and March-April

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.

Exploration Programs


students at Outreach programOutreach Programs

Available October-March

Let Living History Farms come to you! LHF is proud to offer several outreach programs, which involve a mixture of multimedia presentation, artifacts, and hands-on activities, built around a central theme. These programs are intended for children in grades 2-5. Each session can accommodate 25 students. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance, and are subject to availability.

Outreach Programs


New Social Studies Standards

On May 11, 2017, the State Board of Education adopted new standards in social studies. The standards outline what students should know and be able to do in kindergarten through 12th grade.

See the Social Studies Standards

Press release announcing the new standards


Potential funding opportunities for your Living History Farms experience

CHS Foundation Classroom Grants

Who is eligible: K-12 teachers with agriculture-related projects. Deadline for applications is September 15, 2018.

Find CHS Foundation Classroom Grants


Connecting Kids and Culture

Who is eligible: teachers in Polk, Dallas, and Warren counties.

Find Connecting Kids and Culture grants


Iowa Agricultural Literacy Foundation

Who is eligible: Any teacher who integrates agriculture into the classroom.

Find Agriculture in the Classroom grants


The Iowa History Center at Simpson College

Who is eligible: Teachers grades 3 – 10 in Iowa school districts.

Find Iowa History Center grants


Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

Who is eligible: Any school within the 37-county heritage area and is teaching about agriculture by visiting one of the Partner Sites, including Living History Farms.

Find Silos and Smokestacks grants


“As a first year teacher planning my very first field trip, I felt like everything was well laid out and easy to understand. The students and teachers had a great time on the field trip!! From the moment we got off the buses we were having fun and learning. Thank you for making it such a great experience!”

“This is a great resource for us all! Thanks for all you do to keep history alive in Iowa.”

“One student commented, ‘It doesn’t get any better than this!'”

“We have always had a great visit when we have come. The students talk about this field trip for years and years!”