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Field Trips

Oliver H. Kelley Farm

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 person

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 person

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 person

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. Meet a "book farmer" who, like Oliver Kelley, learned to farm by reading, and Grangers, members of the national farming organization Kelley founded, the Grange.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Cost: $6 per person

The Family Farm

Homeschool groups can help with planting, harvesting, cooking and many other farm activities. This program stresses Minnesota's agricultural traditions, such as food production and livestock care. Designed for groups with a wide range of ages. (Ages 3 and under free.)

Grades: Homeschool Cost: $6 per person