Billings Farm & Museum welcomes group visits from youth organizations, after-school programs and camps. Please complete the online application below to submit your inquiry. If you are planning to visit with a school group, view our School Group Visits page.
Please fill out a request form to reserve your visit.
Reservations for the following programs are open:
Pollination Celebration: Listen to the story Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery by Meeg Pincus and draw the Monarch migration from Vermont to Mexico. Spend time in the Billings Farmstead Gardens searching for signs of pollinators and learn about the Monarch life cycle and make a pollinator themed craft.
Sheep & Wool: Listen to a story and meet a sheep from our herd. 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. Youths will try some of the wool processing steps themselves and leave with a felted treasure.
Delightful Dairy: Listen to a story and learn about all things dairy! Youths will dive into the world of dairy by meeting one of our cows and making butter by hand. We will also meet the farm’s calves, talk about the life cycle of our dairy cows, and make a cow themed craft.
Back to the Past: Listen to a story and 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 about living in the past. We’ll also learn how to make butter by hand.
Each youth group visit includes 2 hours of guided time with an educator including a visit to the cow barn, a story, and a craft.
Dates: June 1 – August 31, 2023
Times: We recommend visiting from 10AM – 1PM. Maximum duration of 4 hrs.
Group: Youth groups of 10 – 45
Fee: $9.00/youth; 1 adult free/7 youths. Additional adults pay full admission.
Lunch: Bring your picnic! The Farmhouse Scoop Shop sells ice cream, drinks, and snacks. (open seasonally)
Ice Cream: Ice cream cups available upon request. Please inquire if interested. Must be ordered in advance. Cost: $3/cup
Reserve: Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance and confirmed prior to date of arrival.
Safety Policy: Masks are encouraged, but not required for youth group participants. If any participants have symptoms of a respiratory illness, they should wear a mask or consider visiting another time.
Request or call 802-457-2355
Have a group larger than 45? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about alterative visitation options.
During your visit explore on your own:
The Dairy Farm
The cow barn, calf nursery, trophy room, milk room, horse barn, chicken barn, small animal barn, and sheep pen.
Daily Afternoon Milking: 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
The 1890 Farm Manager’s House
Explore the farmhouse through the eyes of nine-year-old Agnes Aitken, who grew up in this home; discover her world!
Vermont Farm Life Exhibits
A self-guided adventure that follows the seasonal cycle of the farm year and includes plowing, planting, haying and harvesting. Don’t miss the general store, Ben’s Water Tub film, and ice harvesting footage.
The Walking Trail
A gentle one mile loop through the farm field and along the Ottauquechee River.