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Field Trips

Oliver H. Kelley Farm

In 2015, the Kelley Farm will begin a major project to improve our visitor center, expand our educational programs and help more Minnesotans learn about agriculture and food in the past, present and future. The farm will be open throughout construction.

Students discover through hands-on experiences what farming was like in the mid-1800s, and how agriculture impacts Minnesota today. Farm and domestic activities vary through the seasons. All programs are available year-round and can be adapted for specific educational objectives.

Academic Standards: 

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Field Trip Options

Minnesota's Civil War Farms

This hands-on program encourages students to explore how the Civil War impacted farm families, from how Minnesota farms supported the war effort to how families stayed in contact with their soldier relatives.

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Cost: $6 per student

What is a Farm?

This multi-sensory program gives students a chance to explore a real working farm. Learn first-hand what farmers did, where food came from and why animals lived on a farm.

Grades: Pre-K, K Cost: $6 per student

1860s Farm: Then and Now

Discover what life was like on the farm and compare it to life today. Through a variety of farm and domestic chores, students learn how each family member contributed to the farm's success.

Grades: 1, 2, 3 Cost: $6 per student

Farm Animals in the Making of Minnesota

Learn the integral role of farm animals in early Minnesota agriculture. Through hands-on activities students will discover how animals provided labor, food, by-products and income for farm families.

Grades: 3, 4 Cost: $6 per student

Farming in the Changing Community

Students explore the dramatic changes that took place in mid-19th century agriculture. Learn how small towns and larger communities were tied to farms, and how changes in livestock breeds, crop varieties and farm technology affected community growth and success. While working in the fields and farmyard with the same animals and technology from the 1860s, meet a "book farmer," like Oliver Kelley, who learned to farm by reading. Discover how the first successful farm advocacy organization, the Grange, was founded!

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Cost: $6 per student