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Outreach Programs


Have a Conner Prairie experience brought to you! Our highly-trained staff is available to deliver interactive, educational programs right to your classroom. Program topics include the life and times of William Conner, Native Americans, the Civil War, pioneer life, and 19th-century schooling. Programs can be tailored to grades K-12 and arranged to fit your schedule. 
Please contact schoolprograms@connerprairie.org for more information or to make reservations.

Cost: Prices start at $125 plus mileage. 

Programs include the following:

Pioneer Sampler (Pre-K-Grade 2)
A costumed staff member will visit your preschool or day care center and present a variety of hands-on activities that reflect life in the 1800s. Students will learn how to stay warm with sheep’s wool, how to use tools, and how to string apples.  They will also enjoy a broom dance.

1836 Schoolmaster (Grades 1-4)
Experience school in 1836! Give your scholars this opportunity to interact with Conner Prairie’s schoolmaster or schoolmistress to learn ciphering, geography, civics and even manners—all loud-school style. If they learn their lessons quickly, time may allow for some period games.

Rebuilding the House of Stone (Grades 4 & 8)
The Civil War not only divided the nation, it also deeply divided families. This one-act play tells the story of Henry and Valentine Stone, two real Indiana brothers who were torn apart when one fought for the North and the other fought for the South.

Take Flight! (Grades 2-6)
Learn about the concepts of lift and thrust. Meet a pilot from the early days of flight and hear her story. Make and test a simple airplane made of paper. Discuss the importance of perseverance in innovation and invention.

Electricity (Grades 3 & 4)
Step back to the 1930s – a time when using electricity as an energy source was new to our country’s farming communities. Take part in a farmers’ cooperative meeting led by two farmers from the past, one who is enthusiastic about electricity and one who needs convincing. At the meeting find out about this “new” technology and vote on whether or not you would be willing to spend the money to wire your farm for electricity. Consider how you might use this new power source and how that might impact your life. Think about how much we rely on electricity today.

Conner Prairie program development & support provided by:

TargetIndiana Arts CommissionKroger