Safety Policy: As many of our school programs involve close proximity for extended periods of time, we continue to require masks for all school group participants during their time with Billings Farm & Museum staff.

Now accepting reservations for Holiday Traditions Then and Now

December 1st – 16th only 

Visit our authentically-decorated 1890 Farm Manager’s House and discover how families and communities celebrated holidays long ago. Students will discuss different holidays and traditions past and present, spend time in the livestock barns meeting our animals, and make a treat of maple popcorn over an open fire. They’ll also dip a candle to take home and discover its significance as a source of light for long winter nights and many holiday celebrations, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, and Kwanzaa.  

Please fill out a request form.

Reservations for the following programs are closed. 

Grade K-3 Options

Children on Hill Farms: Using sources from the past, explore the role of children as productive members of the 19th -century farm family. While learning about the daily lives of children in the past – including chores, school, and play – today’s children will compare and contrast the past with the present.

Delightful Dairy: Learn about all things dairy! Students will dive into the world of dairy by meeting one of our cows and seeing how she is milked, and making butter by hand. We will also meet the farm’s calves, and talk about the life cycle of our dairy cows. 

Grade 3-6 Options

History Detectives: Learn what life in Vermont was like long ago using photographs, letters, and objects from the past. We’ll spend time hands-on with special artifacts from our collections and exhibits and see what we can learn from historic photographs. Students will put on their “history detective” hats to examine primary sources for themselves and present their findings to the group. 

Sheep & Wool: Meet a sheep from our herd and learn how her wool can be used to make warm clothing and fabrics. We’ll talk about the history of sheep in Vermont, how they impacted the environment in the 1800s, and how their wool was processed and used. Students will try some of the wool processing steps themselves and leave with a hand-spun bracelet.

Delightful Dairy: Learn about all things dairy! Students will dive into the world of dairy by meeting one of our cows and seeing how she is milked, and making butter by hand. We will also meet the farm’s calves, and talk about the life cycle of our dairy cows.

Each Field Trip Includes:

• 60-minute guided program of your choice (see options above)
• Guided tour of dairy barn
• Time to play historic 19th-century games
• Designated lunch area

Pricing: $9.00/student. School staff receive complimentary admission.  Any additional chaperones are $14 each.

Scholarships that cover admission and bus expenses are available for schools with Title 1 status or with 40% or more of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Scholarships are accessed on a case-by-case basis. Please email gbourassa@billingsfarm.org to receive a scholarship request form. 

School Group Policies

  • Safety Policy: As many of our school programs involve close proximity for extended periods of time, we continue to require masks for all school group participants during their time with Billings Farm & Museum staff.
  • We can accommodate groups of 10-60 students.
  •  To give students the best experience, we recommend no more than 1 chaperone per 5 students. Additional chaperones will be charged the full price of admission and may not be able to take part in timed programs due to limited capacity in our spaces.  
  • Please share this information sheet with all of your chaperones before the visit. 
  • Membership and library passes do not apply to field trips

NOTE: If you are visiting with a youth group not affiliated with a school, view our Youth Group Field Trips page.

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and confirmed prior to date of arrival.

Contact: schoolgroups@billingsfarm.org or call 802-457-2355