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Grades k-3

LIFE ON THE PRAIRIE

Fridays, September-Early December & January-August

Costumed interpreters recreate life in the 1800s with period-appropriate demonstrations on our three historic farmsteads — the Kruger Homestead (a German emigrant family farm in the late 1860s), the Jourdan Homestead (a middle-class settler’s family farm in the 1870s), and the Bell Homestead (a well-to-do cotton planter’s family farm in the 1880s). You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Students can bring a sack lunch, see farm animals and enjoy a variety of informative history exhibits. Reservations required.

FEE: $5 per student/person attending. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.         Enroll Now    

 

TRAVELING TRUNKS

September-Early December & January-August
Prepare your students for their visit to Pioneer Farms with a history-filled trunk of touch-and-see instructional materials that you can use in the classroom. Each trunk carries assorted artifacts and materials relating to life on the Blackland Prairie in the 1800s, with instructions to help you with your lesson plan and giveaway items for your students. Trunks must be reserved at the time the visit to Pioneer Farms is booked. Pick-up only.

FEE: Refundable $50 deposit, $25 rental fee. TIME: Request two weeks before field trip.  Enroll Now

 

FOREST DISCOVERIES

Thursdays, October-Early December, February-August
Our historic woodlands along Walnut Creek are perfect for science and nature discovery, for lessons about the environment — past and present. Your students learn about native species, how early settlers utilized them and how they remain an integral part of Central Texas’ cycle of life. Reservations required. Guided and unguided tours.
FEE: $6 per student/person attending. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Enroll Now

 

Grades 4-8

LIFE ON THE PRAIRIE

Fridays, September-Early December & January-August

Costumed interpreters recreate life in the 1800s with period-appropriate demonstrations on our three, historic farmsteads — the Kruger Farm (a German emigrant family farm in the late 1860s), the Jourdan Homestead (a middle-class settler’s family farm in the 1870s), and the Bell Homestead (a well-to-do cotton planter’s family farm in the 1880s). You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Students can bring a sack lunch, see farm animals and enjoy a variety of informative
history exhibits. Reservations required.

FEE: $5 per student/person attending. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Enroll Now

 

THE FIRST TEXANS

Thursdays, September-November & February-July
Visit the authentic site of a Tonkawa Indian encampment in the early 1800s, long before Texas was a state, and learn about how the First Texans lived, worked and played, and about how they interacted with the early white settlers. A hands-on history class that will take your students back to the days of the Republic of Texas.  Reservations required. Guided tour.

FEE: $6 per student/person attending. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Enroll Now

 

TRAVELING TRUNKS

September-Early December & January-August
Prepare your students for their visit to Pioneer Farms with a history-filled trunk of touch-and-see instructional materials that you can use in the classroom. Each trunk carries assorted artifacts and materials relating to life on the Blackland Prairie in the 1800s, with instructions to help you with your lesson plan and giveaway items for your students. Trunks must be reserved at the time visit to Pioneer Farms is booked. No deliveries.

FEE: Refundable $50 deposit, $25 rental fee. TIME: By request two weeks before field trip.  Enroll Now

 

Grades 9-12

TRADITIONAL WOODWORKING

Thursdays, October-November & March-May
Not so many years ago, this would have been called a shop class — with a history twist. Students get instruction in traditional woodworking, with vintage tools in our historic carpentry shop. Learn the basics of traditional woodworking — from planes and lathes, and mortise and tenon construction to shaving horses and chisels. Three hands-on classes. Safety training provided.

FEE: $50 per student. By reservation only. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Enroll Now

 

FORGES & BELLOWS

Wednesdays, September-November & February-May
This is the blacksmithing equivalent of our Traditional Woodworking class, complete with hands-on instruction in metal working, forges and the history behind this ancient craft. Students get instruction in the basics of blacksmithing, working with vintage tools in our historic metal shop. Three hands-on classes. Safety training provided.

FEE: $50 per student. By reservation only. TIME: 4 hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Enroll Now

 

SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECTS

Tuesdays & Thursdays, October-November & April-May
Pitch in and help us build a fence, assist our curatorial staff with cataloging and restoring artifacts, or help with any number of other jobs at Pioneer Farms — and get an opportunity to learn while your class gains community-service hours. Many of our specialty operations can become fascinating laboratories for learning. A unique history learning experience for your class, and a big assist for us.

FEE: None. TIME: By reservation, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Enroll Now