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School Field Trips

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


Funding Opportunities

Teacher of the Year

Teacher Resource: Learning Fields

“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!”