Tools of the Trade

Learn about the tools and technologies used on a farm and how they have evolved over time.

In the live session, we’ll look at artifacts from our collections and compare them to modern-day tools used for the same jobs today. In the pre-recorded video and materials, students will learn how simple machines can make a job easier, and see what simple machines they can find in their own homes and surroundings. 

Dates available: 
Weekdays, December 3-18 & January 4-29
Offered from 10am-3pm.  
Call 802-457-2355 or e-mail to confirm availability.

Grades: 3-5

Pre-field trip materials:

• Video about simple machines and how they work
• Simple Machine worksheets and scavenger hunt


• Pre-field trip materials: about 40 minutes
• Live session: 20 minutes

Cost: No fee. Donation suggested.

How to reserve your virtual field trip:

Complete the reservation form below, or call 802-457-2355. Reservations suggested 7 days in advance, however, you may call to check if your preferred day/time is available, with less than 7 days.  Cancellations requested a minimum of 24 hours in advance, to be respectful of others interested in the same time slot.

Reserve your virtual field trip

  • Live sessions are available December 3-18 & January 4-29
  • Live sessions are available on weekdays from 10am-3pm. Each live session is 20 minutes long.
  • The live session for the virtual field trip will be held over Zoom. Materials and videos will be shared by Google Drive. Please indicate if your group is able to participate on Zoom and access materials on Google Drive. Accommodations can be made if Zoom or Google Drive are not accessible to your group.
  • Billings Farm & Museum is pleased to present its Virtual Field Trips in December and January without fees. We hope you would consider a gift to support this and future Education Programs. Please indicate below if you will make a contribution. We will send a link with your field trip confirmation. Thanks in advance for your support!