Travel back in time to an 80-acre working farm exhibit, featuring machinery, tools and primitives of an authentic late 1880’s farmstead. The farmstead grounds include the original Carstens family home complete with all the furnishings.
An exciting opportunity awaits you and your students to learn about Iowa farm life in a unique and educational setting. Make plans to attend Carstens 1880 Farmstead Kids Day on Friday, September 7, 2018.
See how children lived over 100 years ago!
Dig potatoes and make potato chips.
See the threshing machines work.
Visit the saw mill.
Watch a broom be made by the broom maker.
Turn apples into cider.
Visit the blacksmith shop.
See how honey is made.
Do laundry - the old-fashined way!
See how a rug loom works.
Play non-electronic games.
Go through the corn maze.
Other hands-on activities.
Activities and demonstrations will be geared primarily to accommodate children 8 through 11 years old, or third through sixth grades, for the best experience possible for everyone. This will ensure better participation from our visitors and better utilization of our volunteers. Guides will be available to offer first person accounts of what it was like to use the primitives, tools, and equipment on display.
A few details:
Planned tours for schools begin at 9:30 a.m. and last approximately four hours. Please arrive a little early.
Please check in at the registration booth to collect your schedule/class itinerary for the day. The registration booth is a small white building on the south side of the driveway.
A fee is not required, but a donation would be appreciated. The suggested donation amount for each student is $3. In order to expedite your tour, please collect the admission fee before you arrive and bring it to the registration booth. Checks should be made payable to Carstens 1880 Farmstead, Inc.
Following check-in at the registration booth, please proceed to the "benches" set up in the front yard where we will start our day with a welcome for our guests.
Lunch: All students may bring a sack lunch to eat at the farm. Picnic tables are available.
Modern restroom facilities are available.
Bus parking will be close to where your tour will begin.
A tour map of the farm will help you find your way to the demonstration sites around the farm.
Students will be walking on uneven, damp, or dusty ground. Appropriate shoes will help students be most comfortable. Flip-flops are strongly discouraged.
Alertness is important in keeping young people safe during Youth Day. Remind your students to use caution at all times.
Teachers and adult chaperones should plan to accompany their classes throughout the tours.
Each class/student/teacher is responsible for picking up litter. Please help us keep our farm looking its best!
At the end of the day, each student that attends Kids Day will receive a FREE pass that allows them to return with their family during Carstens Farm Days on September 8 and 9, 2018.
The registration page for Carstens 1880 Farmstead 2018 Kids Day can be found at: