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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.

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Exploration: Family on the Farm

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.

Grades: 2-3
Fees: $11/person
Number of Students: Minimum 18, Maximum 25
Program Length: 3 hours, not including lunch

1850 Pioneer Farm 1900 Farm
October 24-November 8, 2019
(Wednesdays-Fridays)
October 24-December 13, 2019
(Wednesdays-Fridays)
April 2-April 23, 2020
(Tuesdays-Fridays)
March 26-April 23
(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.

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

Grades: 4-6
Fees: $11/person
Number of Students: Minimum 18, Maximum 25
Program Length: 3 hours, not including lunch

1850 Pioneer Farm 1900 Farm
October 24-November 8, 2019
(Wednesdays-Fridays)
October 24-December 13, 2019
(Wednesdays-Fridays)
April 2-April 23, 2020
(Tuesdays-Fridays)
 March 26-April 23, 2020
(Tuesdays-Fridays)

 

 

visitors compete in spelling beeExploration: School in 1875

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.

Grades: 3-6
Fees: $7.50/person
Number of Students: Minimum 12, Maximum 25
Program Length: 2 hours, not including lunch

Availability:
September 1-October 18, 2019 – Wednesdays & Thursdays
October 25-December 16, 2019 – Wednesdays-Fridays
March 26-April 23, 2020 – Tuesdays-Fridays
May 1-May 31, 2020 – Mondays-Thursdays

 

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

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.

Grades: 3-6
Fees: $11/person
Number of Students: Minimum 18, Maximum 25
Program Length: 3 hours, not including lunch

Availability:

October 24-December 13, 2019 – Wednesdays-Fridays
March 26-April 23, 2020 – Tuesdays-Fridays

 

interpreter and visitor use printing pressExploration: Made in 1875

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 24-December 13,  2019 – Wednesdays-Fridays
March 26-April 23, 2020 – Tuesdays-Fridays