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Learning Excursions

Learning Excursion field trips for schools 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.
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Reservations for the 2019 – 2020 school year may be made beginning on August 1, 2019.


  • Fall 2019: September 1 – October 18 (Wednesday – Friday)
  • Spring 2020: May 1 – June 1 (Monday – Friday)
  • Summer 2020: June – August (Monday-Friday)*

* Only for summer schools, year-round schools, and school-affiliated summer programs; please email for details. Otherwise, please find our youth group tour information here.


students gather outside red barnFarms & Town Tour

Grades: K-12

Fees: $8.25/student

Tour Length: 4-6 hours, including lunch.

This tour combines stops at the 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm,
 and 1900 Horse-Powered Farm with visits to as many town buildings as time allows.
 The interdependence of and connections between farm and town are stressed.


class visits the pigs at 1850 farmFarms Tour

Grades: K-12

Fees: $8.25/student

Group Size: No more than 4 homerooms/100 students may book this tour at one time

Tour Length: 3 hours, including lunch.

Experience first-hand the changes in farming over time as you visit the 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm, 1900 Horse-Powered Farm, and the Wallace Exhibit Center. Themes tie the farms together, making connections and comparisons easier for students.


Town Tour

interpreter demonstrates broommaking to a class

Grades: K-12

Fees: $7.50/student

Group Size: No more than 4 homerooms/100 students may book this tour at one time

Tour Length: 2.5 hours, including lunch.

Students visit businesses, trade sites, and homes typical of an 1876 town. Themes tie the stops at the various buildings together, making comparisons and connections easier for students.


visitors compete in spelling beeSchoolhouse

Grades: Grades 3-12
, can be adapted for homeschool families

Fees: $7.50/student

Group Size: No more than 1 group/12-25 students may book this program at one time

Tour Length: 90 minutes-2 hours, not including lunch.

Spelling bees, recitation, reading from McGuffey Readers, and arithmetic problems on a slate are lessons students will do when they visit the one-room schoolhouse.