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Field Trips

Oliver Kelley Farm

The Kelley Farm is building an expanded visitor center with a new teaching kitchen, classrooms and modern exhibit areas that will extend the season for school visits. Plus new gardens, livestock areas and more outdoor program space. The farm is 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.

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 do, where food comes from and why animals live 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