Outreach Programs

Let Living History Farms come to you! LHF is proud to offer the following outreach programs this year, which involve a mixture of multimedia presentation, artifacts, and hands-on activities, built around a central theme.

Children in grades 2-5 can have an all-access pass to the past. Each session can accommodate 25 students and each classroom will need to order their own program. When scheduling several programs in a row, please leave 15 minutes in between programs to allow the instructor time to switch rooms, and take a lunch break.

Looking for a program for adults? Check out our History Speaker Program.


Ioway craftsIoway Indian Crafts

Discover through hands-on activities how the Ioway made pots for cooking and storage, made rope with native materials, and created the tools that they needed in their everyday life. Each student will make a pot to take home!

To request a reservation, fill out the form below.

LHF staff member demonstrateds Ioway objects to studentsIoway Indian Culture

What was life like for the Ioway on a daily basis around the year 1700? Find out as you learn how the Ioway prepared and preserved their food, built their homes, made their clothing, and traded with the French. Learn words from their language as you sing songs and experience their story telling traditions. At the end of the program, enjoy a buffalo jerky snack.

To request a reservation, fill out the form below.

students at Outreach programPioneer Life on the Prairie

How did the pioneers get to Iowa, and what brought them here? What did they need to do to set up their home and farms? What was daily life like for the pioneer family who settled in Iowa? Learn the answers to these and many more questions as you participate in hands-on activities like learning to drive a team of oxen and plotting out your farm. Of course it was not all work and no play; learn some typical games played by children on the prairie as well.

To request a reservation, fill out the form below.

students hold pioneer objects in Outreach program.Pioneer Crafts

Families on the prairie made use of the environment around them to answer their daily needs. These crafts included making quilts, making corn husk people for toys, and so on.

To request a reservation, fill out the form below.


Outreach Program Policies & Procedures


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.


Fall 2018 October 25-December 14
Spring 2019 January 9-March 29


Fall 2018 $50 per 1 hour program + round trip mileage
Spring 2019 $55 per 1 hour program + round trip mileage

You will be billed after the program is complete. Please have a purchase order ready and hand it to your program instructor when he or she arrives.

Leader’s Guide

You will also receive a pre-program Leader’s Guide via email. It is vital that you read this information prior to your visit. You will be asked to return the final page of the guide to Living History Farms BEFORE the day of your program.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations must be submitted in writing via email to
  • Any cancellation made more than 21 business days prior to your scheduled program is subject to a 35% cancellation fee.
  • Any cancellations made less than 21 business days prior to your scheduled program is subject to a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Grace period: After submitting your reservation online, you may cancel within three (3) business days and the cancellation fee will not apply.
  • When the National Weather Service has issued a “Severe Weather Warning” and prohibited travel, this fee will be waived.

Outreach Program Request Form