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Spring Break Camp

Enjoy a special Spring Break without the hassles of traveling a long distance! Sign your child up for a 1-day or 5-day camp full of hands-on, interactive activities, or sign the whole family up for a 1-day experience at the 1900 Farm.


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Camp Schedule

March 16-20, 2020

Camps hours are 9am-4pm, except for Family Camp which runs 9am-3pm.
Camps are offered as a 1-day or 5-day experience.


Camp Fees

Members receive a 15% discount and exclusive early registration! Make sure your membership is up to date! Purchase or renew your membership

CampMember PriceNon-member Price
Preservers of the Land (5-day)$229.50$270
Celebrations Around the World (5-day)$229.50$270
Celebrations Around the World (1-day)$45.90$54
Families in 1900** (1-day)
per person***

*Cancellation Policy
More than 10 business days before reserved date: 50% cancellation fee.
Less than 10 business days before reserved date: 100% cancellation fee.

*Refund Policy
If Living History Farms cancels due to weather or low enrollment, 100% is refunded.
If participant is unable to attend, no refund.

** “Family” is loosely defined and can include grandparents bringing grandchildren. “Family” does not include your child’s friends, but can include cousins.

***1 adult is required for every 2 children.


farmer shows potato to spring break campersRegistration Information

Registration Dates

Member registration opens December 4 at 10am. Registration opens to the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Requirements to attend camp

  1. Review our Spring Break Camp Policies before you register for camp.
  2. Each child registered for camp must complete a health and consent form (not required for Families in 1900).
  3. Read the Spring Break Camp FAQ for answers to the most frequently asked questions.


Camp Descriptions

kid gardeningPreservers of the Land

2nd-3rd grades
Dates: March 16-20

Natural resources are important to our everyday lives. If we aren’t responsible and protect our land resources, then we aren’t doing our job of keeping the earth safe.  Campers will learn about pollination and how pollinators are important to farming. They will also look at what conservation methods were being used in the 19th century. They will try their hand at gardening and make crafts using recycled materials.

MondayStewardshipVisit Tangen, learn about reduce, reuse, recycle, and national parks
TuesdayAnimalsPlay a game to see the effects of over-fishing on fish populations, and visit Millinery
WednesdayPlantsLearn parts of a plant and adaptations, test the soil, and create a compost
ThursdayFarmingBecome a pollinator, explore the map to see where crops grow in USA
FridayPast and PresentLearn about conservation on the frontier, visit the Blacksmith and Flynn Mansion

Member registration opens December 4 at 10am. Registration opens to the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Preservers of the Land


kids recreate a maypole at spring break camp

Celebrations Around the World

4th-5th grades
5-day or 1-day camp
Dates: March 16-20

Explore the culture of the immigrant communities that first populated Iowa, and discover the special ways that they celebrated milestones and holidays. Create a shamrock pin, cook a traditional German dish, and visit some of our historic sites to get a more in depth look at various celebrations. Sign up by day or for the whole week!

MondayGermanMake a laterne for St. Martin’s Day, cook a German treat, and create a mask for fasching
TuesdayIrishVisit the Flynn Mansion, create a St. Patrick’s Day pin, and learn about the Maypole
WednesdayNative AmericanLearn a Native American dance, make a clay pot, and speak to one of our Ioway interpreters
ThursdayAmericanTry out some old fashioned dances, do a mini barn raising, and bake an apple pie
FridayNorwegianLearn about fashion through paper dolls, visit the 1876 Tangen House, and try making lefse

Member registration opens December 4 at 10am. Registration opens to the general public on December 18 at 10am.

Register for Celebrations Around the World


family working in 1900 kitchenFamilies in 1900

All ages (best suited for school aged children)
1-day camp
Dates: March 19 or 20

Pack up your family and go back in time to 1900! This camp is primarily designed to be family led. Forget TV’s and video games, feel what family life was like in 1900 as you do chores, play games, and make a meal in the 1900 farmhouse.

Register for Families in 1900


American Camp Association Accredited

Living History Farms Day Camp program is accredited by the American Camp Association, the only nationwide organization that accredits all types of organized camps.