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Exploration Programs

Exploration programs are designed to give students a unique, in-depth 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.

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Exploration: Family on the Farm

Explore the choices farm families had to make by participating in activities on the farm. What did family members have to do? How did the choices families make change their lives? The program will involve farm chores, household chores, and cooking. Weather-permitting, the program will include a horse-drawn wagon ride.

Grades: 2-3
Fees: $11/person
Number of Students: Minimum 18, Maximum 25
Program Length: 3 hours, not including lunch
Availability: October 28-December 18, 2020 (Wednesdays-Fridays) & April 1-30, 2021 (Tuesdays-Fridays)

 

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

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. Weather permitting, the program will include a horse-drawn wagon ride.

Grades: 4-6
Fees: $11/person
Number of Students: Minimum 18, Maximum 25
Program Length: 3 hours, not including lunch
Availability: October 28-December 18, 2020 (Wednesdays-Fridays) & April 1-30, 2021 (Tuesdays-Fridays)

 

visitors compete in spelling beeExploration: School in 1876

What was school like in 1876? Students participate in lessons like reading from McGuffey’s Readers, doing math problems on slates, and participating in spelling bees.

Grades: 3-12, can be adapted for homeschool families
Fees: $7.50/person
Number of Students: Minimum 12, Maximum 25
Program Length: 2 hours, not including lunch

Availability:
September 1-October 16, 2020 – Wednesdays & Thursdays
October 28-December 18, 2020 – Wednesdays-Fridays
April 1-30, 2021 – Tuesdays-Fridays
May 1-May 31, 2021 – Tuesdays-Thursdays

 

interpreter and visitor sweepingExploration: Kids’ Lives in an 1876 Town

What was it like for a child to grow up in a small Iowa town in 1876? During this 3-hour program, your students will experience the daily chores and games played by kids in the Tangen Family Home. They’ll also 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.

Grades: 3-6
Fees: $11/person
Number of Students: Minimum 18, Maximum 25
Program Length: 3 hours, not including lunch
Availability: October 28-December 18, 2020 (Wednesdays-Fridays) & April 1-30, 2021 (Tuesdays-Fridays)

 

interpreter and visitor use printing pressExploration: Made in 1876

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.

Grades: 3-6
Fees: $11/person
Number of Students: Minimum 18, Maximum 25
Program Length: 3 hours, not including lunch
Availability: October 28-December 18, 2020 (Wednesdays-Fridays) & April 1-30, 2021 (Tuesdays-Fridays)