School Programs

Historic Wagner Farm Virtual Field Trips

Below is a list of our virtual field trips.  Or, check out our flier HERE

For our onsite field trip options, please scroll down. For any questions, call 847-657-1506 or email

Animal Adventures (Kindergarten-6th grade)

Preschool: Call or email for information about a shortened version. 

Have you ever wondered why a rooster crows?  Or maybe why cows eat so much food?  Now is your chance to get all of your questions answered.  Presented over Zoom, farmers will take you on a virtual tour of Wagner Farm to meet and learn all about our cows, horses, sheep, pigs and chickens.  At the end of the tour, your class will get some one on one time with your animal of choice (chosen prior to field trip) to learn more and ask questions. 

Program Details:

Fee: $75 per class

Program length: 30-45 minutes

Illinois Learning Standards: SS-12C/ 16A/ 17C SCI-12A, B

Common Core Standards: SL 1, 3, 4, 6/ L 1, 4


Life on a 1920’s Family Farm (2nd-6th grade)

On a typical day in the 1920’s, families worked together to finish all the daily chores.  There was work to do both in and outside the home.  But was there any time for fun?  This program will use Zoom to show your class the many chores and past times from the early 20th century.  Students will also learn more about the new technologies introduced during this time that had a life changing impact on family farms. 

Program Details:

Fee: $75 per class

Program length: 30-45 minutes

Illinois Learning Standards: SS-16C/ 18C SCI-13B Math-CC.3/ MD.2

Common Core Standards: SL 1, 3, 4, 6/ L 1, 3

For more information or to reserve your trip call 847-657-1506 or email


Field Trip in a Box (Preschool-Kindergarten)

Are you looking for a way to jazz up your curriculum?  Let Historic Wagner Farm do the work for you.   This pre-packaged field trip has all the things you need to create a great learning experience for your students.  You will receive a lesson plan and materials based on the book Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown.  Materials can be used for circle time, imaginative play, arts and crafts and so much more.  The best part-this field trip is yours to keep for future use!

What does the box include?

The book Big Red Barn (can opt out if you already own this book); Farm materials for manipulatives and arts and crafts; Book cut outs for imaginative play; Plant and animal activity.  NOTE: Felt board not included. 

How do I get my Field trip in a Box?

You can order and pay for a box over the phone or via email.  Once you have ordered, you can pick up the box at the farm during open hours, or we can ship the box to your school (shipping and handling costs will be added to the price).

Cost:  Each box is $35 ($25 without the book).  Call or email for more information about adding a video option.

For more information or to reserve your box, call 847-657-1506 or email

School Programs

To learn about how Wagner Farm can bring its programs to your school, see bottom of this page.

Living History

Step back in time with your students to a slice of rural American history…one they will never forget…with a trip to Historic Wagner Farm, one of the last working dairy farms in the area. In the 1920s, there were well over 5,200 working farms in Cook Country. Today, there are only a handful. With so few Americans farming, their profound impact on the country and the world is amazing. We enjoy the rural output in the foods that our families consume and in the products that power our cars and that clothe our bodies. A visit to Historic Wagner Farm is not a trip to a petting zoo. It is an opportunity to see and participate in the daily activities of a real working farm. Our active teaching methods and hands-on activities encourage students to discover the connections between producer and consumer and the past to the present. Field trips are available for ages preschool through grade 8 and meet Common Core and Illinois State standards. Read through the descriptions below and select an unforgettable learning experience for your class.

School field trips can be customized for home school families and groups.* For more information please call 847-657-1506.

*Fee structure may differ


Take a look at what a field trip to Historic Wagner Farm can offer your students


Friends of Wagner Farm logo-web-colorized-2 Field Trip Grant Program

The Friends of Wagner Farm is offering a very generous grant to provide funding for low-income school groups, grades preschool-12 to experience Historic Wagner Farm programming. This 501(c)(3) organization supports the Farm’s mission to provide visitors with memorable educational experiences about agriculture and its history. We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year. Click here to download the application.


How to Book a Field Trip

To book a program, call the farm at
847-657-1506. Please leave the following information:

  1. Teacher and School name
  2. Daytime telephone and fax number
  3. Program interest
  4. Date requested
  5. Group size and grade level


Whenever School District 34 cancels school because of inclement weather the farm will also be closed. Teachers will not be notified personally that the program was cancelled however teachers may call (847) 657-1506 to reschedule the trip based on availability. We would appreciate at least a 48-hour notice should the school need to cancel the program.

Fees & Payment

The fee structure for programs at Historic Wagner Farm vary according to the program selected and are set in relation to the boundaries of the Glenview Park District. School Districts within Glenview Park District boundaries will be charged a lower per person fee than School Districts outside Glenview Park District boundaries. Three adults will be allowed to attend for free with each class. Additional adults will be charged the program fee amount. All program fees are subject to change without notice. Please call the Historic Wagner Farm office to verify the fee. Discipline will be the responsibility of the teacher and chaperons, and the staff reserves the right to conclude a program at any time if necessary. Payment of fee must be made at time of arrival on farm. Forms of payment accepted are cash or check made payable to Historic Wagner Farm.

How to dress

Please have students properly dressed for possible inclement weather. Because many of the activities are outdoors and associated with dirt and livestock it is strongly suggested to wear suitable clothing and closed toe shoes. If there is the possibility of poor weather, trash bags make inexpensive ponchos for the students.

Museum Store

Please allow extra time to stop by our museum store to pick up a nostalgic souvenir of your visit. To download a brochure with detailed information on these programs, as well as school programs at The Grove and Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie, click here.

Programs by Grade Level

Downloadable School Programs Brochure

Moo-ving about the Farm! ALL grade levels welcome. Modified version available.  For details, call 847-657-1506.

Look, listen, and discover what makes up Historic Wagner Farm. Meet and interact with our animals and take part in various hands-on activities such as grinding corn to feed our chickens and pumping water for the cows. End your visit with a chance to make and sample some homemade butter. This introductory program teaches children about a 1920′s farm, and helps them to recognize and make connections between farm production and the items we use in today’s world.

From Farm to Table: Grades 1-6   (UNAVAILABLE)

Where does the food on your dinner table come from? Did people a long time ago get food the same way we do today? This program introduces students to Glenview’s food producers and merchants in the 1930′s. Children will meet a dairy farmer and a local grocer and learn the difference between goods and services, as well as how items were produced and bought. Students will work together to figure out how to acquire the goods they need in order to get supper on the table.
Program length: 90 minutes
Maximum: 50 / Minimum: 15
Fee: In-district students $5.25 | Out of district students $6.25
Seasons offered: Year round

Milking Cows and Pulling Plows: Grades 2-6 (UNAVAILABLE)

Get your chore boots out and your work gloves on, it’s time to learn how to be a farmer! Students will get up close and personal with our livestock and learn the proper feeding, grooming and choring activities that contribute to each animal’s care. Students will take part in a range of activities such as milking cows, gathering eggs, or grooming and harnessing our draft horses.
Seasons offered: Fall, Spring

Program length: 2 hours in length
Maximum: 40/Minimum: 15
Fee: In-district students $6.25| Out of district students $7.25

Past-Port to the 20’s : Grades 4-8 (UNAVAILABLE)

Here is a truly unique immersion experience for students. Step off the bus and back into the 1920’s. Students will be enlisted to do the kinds of chores they would have been asked to do as a member of a farm family long ago. Chores include milking a cow, doing laundry, buying food at the local grocery store, and helping prepare and eat the big noon meal. Includes lunch at the farm.
Program length: 3 hours
Maximum: 30 / Minimum: 15
Fee: In-district students $10 | Out of district students $11
Seasons offered: Fall, Spring

History Hits the Road (UNAVAILABLE)

With budget constraints and rising transportation costs, the cost of a field trip may be prohibitive for many schools. Let Historic Wagner Farm bring the farm experience to you! Our History Hits the Road program can come to your school and give your students the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that teach them about farming techniques, seasonal crops and transportation. Programs can be tailored to specific grades, age groups or curricula. To learn more about History Hits the Road, click here.