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School Program Offerings (Field Trips)

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field trip memory of the year.

In Person Programs
2022 - 2023 School Year

WHS is excited to offer our popular sensory-rich, wonder-filled, on-site field trips at our historic sites and museums.

Each program delivers standard-aligned content wrapped in play, creativity, critical thinking, and storytelling. Programs are designed for different grade levels and details on locations, costs, and availability are listed below.

Live In School Programs
2022 - 2023 School Year

Building on what teachers and students love about in-person visits to our museums and historic sites, these live, interactive programs will bring creativity, critical thinking, and empowered storytelling into your classroom. Each program is designed to work as a stand-alone program, paired with other virtual programs, or as a compliment to an in-person field trip.

Our In Person Programs are designed for different grade levels and details on costs, and availability are listed below.

In person ProgramsIn School Programs

In Person Programs

WHS is excited to offer our popular sensory-rich, wonder-filled, on-site Field Trips at our historic sites and museums. Each program delivers standard-aligned content, wrapped in play, creativity, critical thinking, and storytelling. Programs are designed for different grade levels and details on locations, costs, and availability are listed below.

All AgesGrades K - 2Grades 3 - 5Grades 6 - 12

For All Ages

Children exploring exhibit on the Madeline Island Museum.

Madeline Island Field Trip

What happens when cultures meet? In this hands-on visit to Madeline Island students will explore daily life before and after the arrival of the French. How did life change for the people living on the island, and how the exchange of European goods change the lives of both the community and the newcomers? This encounter of cultures is key to understanding the long history of Madeline Island and the surrounding Lake Superior region. Students will begin with a welcome in the auditorium, then tour the museum before heading to the hands-on interpretive center.

Buses will be met at the La Pointe ferry dock by M.A.E. Tours staff, they will bring the tour to the front door of the museum where they will be directed to the auditorium.

In-Person, 75-minute field trip. Recommended 1:10 chaperone ratio. 50 Students max.

May through June

$2

per student

All school staff admitted free of charge. $8 for adult chaperones. Some discounts provided by the Island Association.

Schedule: Madeline Island Ferry Line (715) 747-2051
then contact Madeline Island Museum (715) 747-2415

Wisconsin-Historical Museum. A large group of students and chaperones wearing matching shirts animatedly engage with a speaker off camera. Several girls raise their hands high!

Stonefield Field Trip

Explore the ABC’s (the agriculture, butter, and chores, that is!) of history in the beautiful setting of Stonefield, where hands-on learning is as easy as it is fun. Students will try a Babcock tester in the State Agricultural Museum, make butter in The Creamery, learn daily farm chores in the 1901 Farm House, have a lesson in the one-room School House, and explore the 1901 Village.

Programs held outdoors and in museum buildings, rain or shine. Dress for the weather.

In-Person, 2.5-hour tour. Recommended 1:20 chaperone ratio. 80 Students max.

May - June
September - October

$5

per student

$11.50 for adult chaperones. All school staff admitted for free.

 

Wisconsin-Historical Museum. A large group of students and chaperones wearing matching shirts animatedly engage with a speaker off camera. Several girls raise their hands high!

Villa Louis Field Trip

Put on your historical thinking caps and get ready to explore hundreds of years of history in one very special place. Students will tour a late 19th century Victorian mansion and grounds, have an interactive 18th century fur trade experience, and head outdoors for a history hike scavenger hunt.

Time is allotted for a stop in the Museum Gift Shop

Programs held outdoors and in museum buildings, rain or shine. Dress for the weather.

In-Person, 2.5-hour tour. Recommended 1:16 chaperone ratio. 80 Students max.

May - June
September - October

$6

per student

All school staff admitted for free. $13 for adult chaperones.

Wisconsin-Historical Museum. A large group of students and chaperones wearing matching shirts animatedly engage with a speaker off camera. Several girls raise their hands high!

Wade House Field Trip

Climb aboard a horse-drawn wagon for a trip exploring the horse-powered world that existed before planes, cars, and railroads. Your guide will take you to the 27-room Stage Coach Hotel. Then you’ll head to the historic sawmill and blacksmith shop to see firsthand how tools are made and used. Finally, put your knowledge to the test as you build a model in the Carriage Museum.

Programs held outdoors and in museum buildings, rain or shine. Dress for the weather.

In-Person, 4-hour tour. Includes lunch break. Recommended 1:15 chaperone ratio. 200 Students max.

May - June
September - October

$5

per student

All school staff admitted fore free. $5 for adult chaperones. $4 for economically disadvantaged schools.

Grades K-2

Wisconsin-Historical Museum. A large group of students and chaperones wearing matching shirts animatedly engage with a speaker off camera. Several girls raise their hands high!

Why History Matters

Our standard museum tour for early elementary-level students. A fun and engaging guided tour of the Wisconsin Historical Museum where students explore highlights of the museum, covering Wisconsin’s 14,000-years of stories.

In-person, 1 hour tour. Can be catered to younger or older students. Ask about our free add-ons to enhance your field trip!

Wednesday - Friday

9 AM - 3 PM

$6

per student

All school staff admitted for free. $6 for adult chaperones. $4 for economically disadvantaged schools.

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Grades 3-5

Children playing at wool carding at Old World Wisconsin.

APPRENTICE TOUR

Learn about the role of apprentices (kids just like them!) in historic trades. We’ll learn about the chemistry and physics of the trades and make notes in journals about which apprenticeship is right for them: wheelwright, blacksmith, cobbler, or cook.

Programs held outdoors and in museum buildings, rain or shine. Dress for the weather.

In-Person, 2-hour field trip. Recommended 1:10 chaperone ratio. 80 Students max.

Thursday & Friday

9:30 AM & 12:15 PM

$8

per student

All school staff admitted free of charge. $8 for adult chaperones. $6 for economically disadvantaged schools.

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Old World Wisconsin. A blonde girl sits on a tall old fashioned bicycle wearing a pink, red, and white striped shirt.

Time Traveler Tour

The Best of Old World Wisconsin, all in one field trip! Experience what life was like for immigrant kids in the 19th century. Have an animal encounter in the 1860s barn, attend 1870s-style school lessons in one-room, explore the STEM that kept farms running in the 1880s, and ride a vintage bike at the 1890s Wheelmen’s club.

In-Person, 2-hour field trip. Recommended 1:10 chaperone ratio.

Thursday & Friday

9:30 AM & 12:15 PM

$8

per student

All school staff admitted for free. $8 for adult chaperones. $6 for economically disadvantaged schools.

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Wisconsin-Historical Museum. A large group of students and chaperones wearing matching shirts animatedly engage with a speaker off camera. Several girls raise their hands high!

Why History Matters

Our standard museum tour for early elementary-level students. A fun and engaging guided tour of the Wisconsin Historical Museum where students explore highlights of the museum, covering Wisconsin’s 14,000-years of stories.

In-person, 1 hour tour. Can be catered to younger or older students. Ask about our free add-ons to enhance your field trip!.

Wednesday - Friday

9 AM - 3 PM

$6

per student

All school staff admitted for free. $6 for adult chaperones. $4 for economically disadvantaged schools.

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation

Grades 6-12

Wisconsin Historical Museum. National History Day 2021. Debate & Diplomacy in history. Successes, failures, consequences.

History of Photography

From the earliest photographic processes practiced in Wisconsin to modern techniques and equipment, follow the life of H.H. Bennett as you explore state and regional history through science and photography. This guided program leads students through the museum as well as the actual studio used by HH Bennett, including a period darkroom and exploration of chemical and artistic processes used in his famous photographs.

In-Person, Time duration to be determined. Recommended 1:15 Chaperone ratio.

May & June

Various Times

$9

per student

All school staff admitted for free. $9 for adult chaperones. $7 for economically disadvantaged schools.

 

Wisconsin Historical Museum. National History Day 2021. Debate & Diplomacy in history. Successes, failures, consequences.

National History Day Tour

Designed for students working on National History Day or other research-based projects, we will use the museum as a case study in crafting a thesis, doing research, constructing a historical argument, and analyzing sources.

In-Person, 1 hour tour. Ask about our free add-ons to enhance your field trip!

Wednesday - Friday

9 AM - 3 PM

$6

per student

All school staff admitted for free. $6 for adult chaperones. $4 for economically disadvantaged schools.

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
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Changing History

Our tour for secondary-level students analyzes the evolving nature of history. Including critical analysis and dynamic storytelling, students will learn about history from different perspectives and think about whose stories are told and whose are missing.

In-Person, 1 hour tour. Ask about our free add-ons to enhance your field trip!

Wednesday - Friday

9 AM - 3 PM

$6

per student

All school staff admitted for free. $6 for adult chaperones. $4 for economically disadvantaged schools.

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation

 

Testimonials from Teachers!

“Awesome! Love how you kept things moving and covered all of the great topics we study throughout the year!”

“Loved the stories and the connection to students' lives. Great artifacts and things for the kids to touch or listen!”

“Always a great tour! Even parent chaperones said they learned something. Each year students tell me this is a favorite field trip.”

“They loved the stories and role playing to take learning to the next level.”

In School Programs

Building on what teachers and students love about in-person visits to our museums and historic sites, these live, interactive programs will bring creativity, critical thinking, and empowered storytelling into your classroom. Each program is designed to work as a stand-alone program, paired with other virtual programs, or as a compliment to an in-person Field Trip.

However you join us, we’re ready for play, wonder, and empowered curiosity for all!

Our programs are designed for different grade levels and details on costs, and availability are listed below.

Grades K - 2Grades 3 - 5Grades 6 - 12

Grades K-2

Old World Wsiconsin. A black and white piglet leans with hooves crossed out a window sill in a barn. Looking very quaint.

History Framed

In our world, we look at pictures all day long, but are there things we are missing? Students will use a variety of historical, local images to explore the stories of Northern Wisconsin. They will learn about cultural clues that give a broader understanding to the lives and times of the subjects. The students will take their own images and look for clues that researchers might notice years from now.

This program is currently offered in Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, and Sawyer Counties. All programs are subject to weather and the need for safe travel conditions.

In-person, at School or community location. 90-minute program. 25 Students per session.

November - April

$75

Availability by appointment only

Old World Wisconsin. Two cattle, a brown and a black-brown, happily munch on hay while looking at the camera.

Dig Into Archaeology

Students go on a “dig” to discover how archaeologists perform their jobs. They will learn how to use the tools of an archaeologist to map a site. Students will then move to analyzing their artifacts in order to discover the various people living in Wisconsin for the past 10,000 years.

This program is currently offered in Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, and Sawyer Counties. All programs are subject to weather and the need for safe travel conditions.

Live via Zoom, 30-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

November - April

$75

Availability by appointment only

Old World Wsiconsin. A black and white piglet leans with hooves crossed out a window sill in a barn. Looking very quaint.

Meet A Pig!

Join the team from Old World Wisconsin to meet and feed some of Old World’s hogs, and discover what makes a pig, a pig! This fun, interactive program will have your littles squealing with delight!

Live via Zoom, 30-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Thursday

9 AM | 11 AM | 1 PM

$50

$30 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Old World Wisconsin. Two cattle, a brown and a black-brown, happily munch on hay while looking at the camera.

Meet the Cattle!

Come to Old World Wisconsin’s Cattle Job Fair, where we learn about each cow and steer’s job duties! Tell those other programs to moooooo-ve over, because THIS Is the program for your littles!

Live via Zoom, 30-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Thursday

9 AM | 11 AM | 1 PM

$50

$30 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation

Grades 3-5

Wisconsin Historical Museum. A grassy hill that seems to be man made with stairs going up the middle, three modern day figures walk up the hill exploring ancient city structure of Aztalan.

Unearthing the Past

Piecing together artifacts, students will learn about the Ice Age, the ancient town of Aztalan, and the science of archaeology. We will use these new skills to imagine how future archaeologists might study our lives today.

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Monday - Wednesday

Schedule between 9 AM - 3 PM

$75

$50 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Wisconsin Historical Museum. A black and white photo shows an old mine hole leading under ground via train tracks, surrounded by felled trees.

Lead, Land, and Local Lore

While examining the history of Native treaties and lead mining, participants will identify evidence of history in their everyday lives. Expect students to leave this program excited to explore their own community’s past!

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Monday - Wednesday

Schedule between 9 AM - 3 PM

$75

$50 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
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Beyond the Vote

Using the women’s suffrage movement as inspiration, students will have a facilitated conversation about the issues that matter to them and how they can make a difference.

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Monday - Wednesday

Schedule between 9 AM - 3 PM

$75

$50 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Wisconsin Historical Museum. In this black and white photo a man examines a very large tree facing away from the camera, he's in a sweater and workman's trousers with a golfing style hat on.

Lumber Party

Ain’t no party like a Lumber Party, ‘cus a Lumber Party will explore the lumber industry as students practice the skills historians use to analyze sources including photos, music, and videos.

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Monday - Wednesday

Schedule between 9 AM - 3 PM

$75

$50 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Wisconsin Historical Museum. A museum exhibit showcasing a variety of historic objects in a rustic looking wood cabinet.

Everyday Art and the Fur Trade

With special attention on the Fur Trade Era, students will learn how art influences everyday objects. We will feature cultural objects including Ojibwa quillwork, wool blankets, and even the students’ own belongings. Students will examine objects from the 18th century to today to learn the stories behind the designs.

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Monday - Wednesday

Schedule between 9 AM - 3 PM

$75

$50 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
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Wisconsin's Secret Identity

Students will discover the origins of the state flag, the dairy industry, and other representations of Wisconsin. Participants will create their own understanding of what Wisconsin means to them.

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Monday - Wednesday

Schedule between 9 AM - 3 PM

$75

$50 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Old World Wisconsin. A desk in a one room school house showcasing a book, a slate, and an ink pot.

School In One Room

In rural areas in Wisconsin, students of all ages (and speaking different languages!) attended school in a simple room with few resources. Experience how these students adapted and learned by exploring two historical school lessons, and then try slow looking as we explore an artifact together.

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Thursday

9 AM | 11 AM | 1 PM

$75

$50 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Old World Wisconsin. A Screenshot of many students holding up their paper drawings of their family's immigrant story.

Immigrant Stories

Why do people leave everything they know with only a few possessions to start a new life in Wisconsin? Historical and contemporary immigration stories can help us unpack this question. Together we will explore immigration through an immigrant’s trunk, folk art, and our own stories.

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Thursday

8 AM | 9:30 AM | 11 AM | 1 PM

$75

$50 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Old World Wisconsin. A grid diagram planning out farm placement using coding principles.

STEM on the Farm

Wisconsin farms, past and present, rely on a wide variety of scientific advancements in engineering, technology, and mechanics to be successful. Discover 19th century STEM through lever exercises, observing a historical machine in action, and using coding to train oxen.

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Tuesday - Thursday

8 AM | 11 AM | 1 PM

$75

$50 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation

Grades 6-12

Wisconsin Historical Museum. A man fishing catches an unreal sized fish. The photo is captioned 'A bull-head worth catching'.

Check Your Sources

Is it the real story or a history hoax? We put students in the role of historians to analyze historical arguments as they practice spotting weak historical claims and learn how to use those skills in their own lives.

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens.

Monday - Wednesday

Schedule between 9 AM - 3 PM

$75

$50 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Wisconsin Historical Museum. Workers stand and sit around in a mine under ground in this black and white image.

Digging Deeper

Does the story of the Badger State tell the whole story? Whose perspective is being told? Let’s dig deeper and explore the complex history of Wisconsin during the era of lead mining and Native treaties.

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Monday - Wednesday

Schedule between 9 AM - 3 PM

$75

$50 for economically disadvantaged schools

Wisconsin Academic Standards Correlation
Wisconsin Historical Museum. National History Day 2021. Debate & Diplomacy in history. Successes, failures, consequences.

National History Day Workshop

National History Day staff will join your classroom virtually to discuss topic selection, thesis crafting, the annual theme, and research methods. Our goal is to get you ready for inquiry, exploration, and finding your voice as the future of history!

Live via Zoom, 45-minute program, designed for one classroom at a time, up to 30 screens

Monday - Wednesday

Schedule between 9 AM - 3 PM

FREE

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Testimonials from Teachers!

“OMG!! This is WONDERFUL!! I can't begin to thank you. Having taught for 30 years, I know the importance of the work you do and programming you offer. We are in PERSON teaching and I am striving to keep my lessons engaging and meaningful. You are providing exactly what I need! I am so sorry, but it is impossible to decide on just ONE! You guys are AMAZING!!”

- Carol Patterson, 4th grade teacher

“The kids learned a lot and we even got some parent notes today about their child sharing the information on attending this virtual field trip and the things they learned. We had our principal come in once we were up and going. She was absolutely stunned by the opportunity and how unique it was. Short of being there in person, this opportunity was AMAZING!!!”

- Jessica Rettler, Tri-County School

“Kept the presentation fun and moving forward. Gave students an opportunity to share if they wanted to.”

- Rory Meyer, Deerfield Elementary School

“Not only was Chelsea extremely friendly and engaging, but she also was very accommodating of our schedule. The interaction with the students through the presentation and the chat was perfect.”

- Eric Mann, Valleyview Elementary School