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Join the Billings Bookworms! Beginning July 12 through August 16, kids ages 6-8 are invited to Billings Farm & Museum each week to read about and explore a farm-themed topic. This is not just a book club! There are activities and crafts each week and Bookworms get to experience all the site has to offer. Weekly themes include: Dairy, Taking Care of the Planet, Sheep, Gardening, Draft Animals, and Stewarding the Land.  

Register for one or more sessions, or for the whole series. Spaces are limited!

Billings Bookworms is for kids ages 6-8

One session: $25 per participant/$20 per BF&M member
6-week Series: $125 per participant/$100 per BF&M member.

To register, complete the application form below. After submitting the form you will be directed to the payment page where you can make your session selections. NOTE: Registrations are confirmed once payment is received.  Once payment is received there are no refunds or credits. 

Each Billings Bookworm session lasts 90 minutes. Here is a typical schedule:

10-10:30 Book reading and exploration. Listen to and discuss a picture book read by an educator. Each participant selects a passage, and writes or draws what comes to mind. This is followed by voluntary sharing with the group.

10:30-10:45 Snack time. The educator will read from a chapter book while the members of the group eat. Each week we will continue reading from this chapter book until it is finished on the last day of the club. The book is called Good Dog: Herd You Loud and Clear and is about a young herding dog working to bring in the sheep. 

10:45-11:30 Activity time. Depending on the week, the group will make butter in a jar, meet the farm’s heifers, meet a sheep and card some wool, plant in the garden, feed the chickens, learn about native plants, or visit the horses.  

Billings Bookworms Book List:

out and about at the dairy farm
Out and About at the Dairy Farm 
July 12
Learn about dairy farms just like ours!
Milk a Jersey cow and make butter in a jar!
the wartville wizard book
The Wartville Wizard 
July 19
Visit Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and learn about trees and the importance of our forests.
brave charlotte book
Brave Charlotte 
July 26
Meet our sheep, card some wool
and make a wool butterfly!
the curious garden book
The Curious Garden
August 2
Plant a seed to take home, and pick bugs and herbs to feed our chickens!


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 Justin Morgan and the
Big Horse Race

August 9
Meet some of our working animals and our teamster Amy!
how chipmunk got his stripes
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes
August 16
Identify native plants and learn about
the indigenous concept of Seven Generations