PreK and Kindergarten Field Trips
Thoughtfully designed grade appropriate programs that meet the updated Michigan Social Studies curriculum standards.

Pre-K and K
NEW! Cheddar Measure: Meet Cheddar the Village Mouse and learn ways to keep track of time, count volume, and length. Small group, center-based learning. Leader/chaperone guidance (4-5 adults). 60 minutes; 10-18 pre-K or 15-30 K students; $6.50/person; January to June.

Cheddar’s History Trunk:  Adventure back in time Cheddar the Village Mouse; learn vocabulary and letters with artifacts.  Finish with a fun game.  In warm weather, ABC garden included.  60 minutes; 15-30 students; $6.50/person; November to June.

Cheddar Kinder Combo:  Combine A-Z with Cheddar Measure: Have fun with numbers and letters! Available for one or two classes, alternating between topics. 90-100 minutes; needs 4-5 adults; $8.00 per student; offered November to June.

Grade 1
Children’s Chores:  Visit an authentic 19th century log cabin. Hands-on experiences may include: butter making, hauling wood, carding wool, gathering eggs, shouldering a yoke, and other seasonal activities.  90 minutes; 15-30 students; $7.00/person; Need 4-5 chaperones with teacher; September – November 30 and April 1 – June.

Grades 1-5
One-Room School:  Our 19th century teacher makes the one-room-school experience come alive.  Participate in reading, writing and arithmetic lessons.  You may come in old-fashioned cloths to act the part.  90 minutes; 15-30 students; $7.00/person.

Grades 1-8
Poppleton School:  Experience a day in a 19th century one-room school.  (Teacher responsible for planning and conducting lessons.). Books, slates and toys available and teachers may borrow schoolbooks in advance.  9:30am – 12pm or 12:30 – 3pm; 15-40 students; pay for 25 minimum; half day $6.50/person, full day $12.50/person.  

Read letters from 2nd graders who have enjoyed the Poppleton School Program

Grades 5-8
Civil War Days
Students rotate through six presentations from authentically costumed reenactors including Abraham Lincoln and Sojourner Truth. They take part in period activities, such as military drill and dancing, that are designed to reinforce classroom instruction about this pivotal moment in American history. Visit for details about Civil War H2U.

Combination Field Trips: Double combos are extended versions of field day programs. 120 minutes; 30-55 students; $8.00/person. 

Grades 1-3
Family & School:  In the log cabin, learn about and participate in pioneer chores.  Butter making available on request.  In the 19th Century Poppleton School, experience lessons and “punishments” and a recess game.  4-5 adults/class; September – December 5 and April – June.  

Grades 2-4
Candles & Store:  Get a sense of light before electricity (make a candle) and 1914 shopping comparison in the general store (make a toy).  Minimum of 3 adults/class (besides teacher); December to June.  

Grades 4-5
Commerce and Community:  Utilize math skills as you “shop” in the General Store.  “Touch” history in the form of educational artifacts.  Visit a 1915 family home to learn about home life and challenges in the working community.  Supervision from 4-5 adults.

Field Day Three: Grades 1-5
Choose three 45-minute activities.  Groups rotate through three activities.  3 hours (including lunch period); $9.00/person; 45-90 students.

Pioneer Life (Cabin) Fall / Spring only: Explore the log cabin, comparing with today, and learn about Michigan pioneers in the 1800s.

School 1880: Experience typical lessons in a one-room- school of 1880 through guided role-playing.

Old Time Toys: Learn about the needs and wants of a 19-teens farming community in our general store. Make a toy to take home and play with old-time games.

Tin Punch: Listen to a story about a tinsmith and make a tin punch craft to take home. Older elementary students learn about other smithing occupations.

Candle Making: Consider light before electricity. Learn about candle making in early pioneer days and dip a beeswax candle to take home. (Not for Fall 1st graders.)

Field Day Four: Grades 3-5
Choose four field day options from the above and below.  Groups travel to four 45-minute sessions; four hours (including lunch break); $9.50/person; 50-120 students.

Life 1900-1915: Contrast a child’s modern life with that in 1915.  Explore a Wilsonian home while learning about early 20th century American culture before World War 1.

Print Shop: Observe how printed materials were mass-produced in the past and make a flyer to take home.  Make a letter for a new font and learn printing terms.

Primary Sources: Learn differences between source types.  Understand how museums preserve collections and investigate conservation tools.

20th Century Commerce: Students compare current prices and wages with those of 100 years ago and learn about items for sale in our 20th Century General Store.

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