Field Trips

Overview

At Colonial Pennsylvania Farmstead, the past is your present!

The 18th century is brought to life for students as they discover how colonial farm families lived  and worked through an immersive learning environment and hands-on living history activities.

Programs can be designed to fit any group size, age, or interest.
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Scheduling & Availability

Field trips are available weekdays from early April through November.  The earliest arrival time is 9 AM. Due to program length, Colonial Experience and Sampler programs cannot be scheduled to start past 10:30 AM.  Latest departure time for all groups is 2 PM.  Please let us know about any time restrictions during the booking process.  We are able to accommodate flexible timing.  Reservations should generally be made at least four weeks in advance to ensure date availability.

Unable to visit us on-site? We offer dynamic and engaging Outreach and Virtual programs.

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Please call the office, open Monday through Friday 9AM–3PM year-round, at 610-566-1725 with any questions.

Homeschool Groups

Colonial Pennsylvania Farmstead welcomes homeschool groups for weekday field trip education programs.  Please consult the descriptions of our program offerings below for structure and pricing.  Adults attending are charged a flat fee of $12 per person. We can also customize our programs to suit a group’s needs.  We also encourage homeschool groups to visit on the weekends during our open season.

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Programs

Colonial Experience
The Colonial Experience is a 3-3.5-hour program introducing students to 18th century farm life in Pennsylvania through the active participation in historic skills and fam activities.  The program is divided into rotations of colonial activities, including candle dipping, farm chores, toys and games, textiles, and meeting the farm’s heritage breed animals.  Each activity is designed to be hands-on and may change to reflect the age of your group, group size, and the needs of our farm – just like they would have in 1770!  This program features a 30-minute lunch break.  Please let us know about any time restrictions during the booking process. We are able to accommodate flexible timing.

*Minimum Number of Student Participants: 20
Maximum Number of Student Participants: 160
Cost Per Person: $18
Grades 2 and up

Mini Colonial Experience
The Mini Colonial Experience is a 2-hour program that features two hands-on activities:  candle dipping (our most popular activity) and chores and an opportunity to meet the farm's many heritage breed animals.

*Minimum Number of Student Participants: 20
Maximum Number of Student Participants: 90
Cost Per Person: $16
Grades 2 and up

Sampler Programs
Perfect for the group that wants a more in-depth learning experience, Samplers include a more intensive exploration of colonial activities. Both Sampler programs feature hearth cooking in our historical kitchen and include the opportunity to meet many of our heritage breed animals. Please Note: Due to the more complex nature of the hearth cooking activity, Samplers are restricted to Grade 3 and up.

Trio Sampler
The Trio Sampler is a 3.5-hour program featuring three in-depth activities: hearth cooking, chores, and a third of your choice from the Optional Activities List below. At the end of the program, you will get to taste what your group has cooked in the kitchen that day.

*Minimum Number of Student Participants: 18
Maximum Number of Student Participants: 30
Cost Per Person: $18
Grades 3 and up

Quad Sampler
The Quad Sampler is a 3.5-hour program featuring four in-depth activities: hearth cooking, chores, and two of your choice from the Optional Activities List below. At the end of the program, you will get to taste what your group has cooked in the kitchen that day.

*Minimum Number of Student Participants: 18
Maximum Number of Student Participants: 40
Cost Per Person: $20
Grades 3 and up

**Optional Activities List
~Colonial Toys and Games (children will make their own whizzers)
~Candle dipping (ages 7 and up)
~Carding and Spinning Wool
~Blacksmithing
~Garden
~House Tour
**Dependent on staff availability

Little Farmers
A 1.5-hour interactive colonial farm experience for our youngest learners.  Participants meet our barnyard animals and learn about the important roles they play on the farm and listen to the story Charlie Needs a Cloak,  accompanied by wool-related activities and craft.  Option to tour the colonial farmhouse, if desired.

*Minimum Number of Student Participants: 10
Maximum Number of Student Participants: 45
Cost Per Person: $12
Grades pre-K through Grade 1 

*A Note on Group Minimums: Groups not meeting the minimum number of student participants may pay the cost equivalent of the minimum. For example, for the Colonial Experience, the minimum charge would be $360, etc.

Chaperone Policy
We admit one free chaperone for every 10 students in second grade and above,  and one free chaperone for every five students under second grade.  Teachers, aides, nurses, and support staff are comped and are counted separately from chaperones.

Reduced Rates
CPF actively seeks funding to support discounted or free of charge field trip programs. If your school would benefit from a reduced rate please indicate on the booking form your need. If funding is available, it will be on a first-come, first-served basis for all grade levels in Title 1 schools. Each school is limited to receive financial assistance for one group per academic year.

Standards
All field trip programs at CPF adhere to the Pennsylvania State Academic Standards for history, geography, environment, and ecology.  For a detailed list please contact our Education Coordinator at [email protected].

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Colonial Pennsylvania Farmstead

PO Box 158
Gradyville, PA, 19039, US

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