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Teachers: Reserve Your Class Field Trip Today


A group of field trippers observe an Old World Wisconsin farmer operating a schnitzelbank, or wood-shaving device

Teachers, spring will arrive before you know it and soon thereafter your elementary school students will be itching to get out of the classroom and burn off all the energy stored up after a long winter. And, thanks to school tour programs at the Wisconsin Historical Society's historic sites and museums, opportunities for hands-on educational field trips are many — and as varied as the stories they tell. Since field trips tend to fill up quickly, now's the time to get serious about planning and reserving them.

Field Trip Options at the Wisconsin Historical Museum

Although open year-round for field trips, the Wisconsin Historical Museum sees a big upswing in school group attendance during the months of March, April, May and June. Teachers can choose one of two different programs or do both. "Native Peoples of Wisconsin" focuses on the People of the Woodland Gallery including Wisconsin archaeology, the fur trade and the lifeways of the state's native people. The "Why History Matters" program provides students with a general introduction to Wisconsin history through museum exhibits. It encourages students to think critically and make personal connections with history. Each program consists of a one-hour guided segment and a half-hour self-guided segment, when groups are encouraged to visit all three exhibit floors.

Old World Wisconsin Offers Eight Field Trip Options

Old World Wisconsin offers eight different, one-hour themed field trip options that give teachers and students wide latitude in determining how to enjoy their outing while learning firsthand lessons in 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin history. Choose between school tours that re-create daily life in a 19th-century crossroads village and tours that focus on Norwegian, German and Finnish immigrants as well as African American settlers in Wisconsin. For all the details on how to book an Old World Wisconsin school tour, visit the site's general school tour information page.

More Field Trip Opportunities

The Society's other historic sites and museums also offer field trip programs, meaning that no matter where you're located, there is likely to be a school tour destination suitable for you and your class. Follow the links below to see the nine other school tour opportunities across the state:


:: Posted February 22, 2011

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