Themed Field Trip Options

A group of students learn about traditional cooking on an Old World Wisconsin field trip.

Themed Field Trip Options

  • Dates available for 2017: Weekdays Apr 27 – Jun 9 (Monday-Friday) and Oct 3 – Oct 27 (Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri only)
Industrialization — The 1880s Village (Science & Economics)

Experience first-hand how life in small towns began to change as the railroads challenged craftspeople and local businesses to compete with new goods and services. Students will help craftspeople like the wagon maker and blacksmith ply their trades, and visit the general store to learn how about the economy changed daily life.


Entrepreneurs — The 1880s Village (Economics)

Meet the entrepreneurs of our village: Mr. Sisel at the shoe shop, Mrs. Hafford at her house, and the Worthys, who own Four Mile Inn. Students will try out the jobs our villagers had including pie making, laundry, and leatherwork. Each of these entrepreneurs was able to adapt how he or she worked to make a better living, embodying the kind of resilience we associate with seeking the "American Dream."


Family Pastimes — Farmer's Hall (Art)

Not every moment was dedicated to work - leisure time in the 19th century can teach us a lot about History! Learn about 19th century cycling by going for a ride, then join a traveling theatre troupe and help put on a show.


Farm Yard — German Area (Science)

Life for most children in the 19th century took place on farms. See how farming in Wisconsin has changed over time. By using a log scoot, threshing grain, and visiting the farm animals, students will learn about these changes as well as experience the types of work that happened on a 19th century farm.


Farm House — German Area (Science/Physics & Math/Geometry)

Life was very different for children in the 19th century. See how important it was for children to help around the farm. Children will get a chance to try their hand at baking, arranging quilt patterns, and woodworking.


Immigration — Norwegian Area (Social Studies)

Why would people half a world away pack their belongings into a trunk and leave their homeland to come to Wisconsin? Students learn the answer to this question as they pack a trunk, try traditional activities such as carding wool, and learn firsthand how a one-room school education taught children not only their ABCs, but also how to be an American.


Pioneer Power
(Spring only)

It took a lot of science, technology, engineering, and math skills to run a successful farm in early Wisconsin. Discover what 19th century "STEM" was like by learning about rope making, using pulleys and levers on the farm and working with a fanning mill.


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