Plan a Field Trip

Give your students a unique and personal experience to connect with history and nature. At Conner Prairie we invite guests to “Step into the Story,” and we also strive to step into theirs. Through observation, deep listening, and thoughtful questioning, we create meaningful connections, offering guests an opportunity to go beyond “doing” and experience “being.”

Self-Guided Tours

Take your time exploring everything that Conner Prairie has to offer.

Learn more about our experience areas and what new discoveries will be made on your next field trip.

Reservations are required.
Please Note:
if you make your Self-Guided Tour reservation online, it is not a confirmation of your field trip, but a request of a date and time. You will receive an e-mail from Conner Prairie that following week to confirm the date and time of your field trip.

To be eligible for school group rates, you must have 15 or more students in your group.

Who: Grades K–12
Dates:
April–May: Tuesday through Friday
August–October: Tuesday through Friday
Times: 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Length: 3 to 4 hours recommended for a complete experience
Cost: $8/student | $8/adult chaperone. Teachers and school staff get in free.

Additional Experiences:
Wonder Walk
1859 Balloon Voyage
Steam On!
It's About Time

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Visit Conner Prairie for FREE ahead of your visit to help plan! Simply show your school ID at the ticket desk

Civics: Power of Place Field Trip

Students are invited to discover their stories and their role in history through the power of place: learning the history of where they are to better understand who they are. Together we will delve into civic action, participation, and what it means to be a good ancestor through the lens of place. During this guided field trip, your students will engage in identity work, explore the grounds of Conner Prairie to better understand the true history of the place and the people who once called it home, and use their observations to inspire and support their activism.

Experience Add-Ons

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Experience Add-On: Wonder Walk

Give your students the time, space, and freedom to connect with nature. In this add-on program, your class will spend time with our Education staff at Treetop Amphitheater and along the Nature Walk. Engage your senses as you explore this natural area using scientific tools to get up close with nature. Let curiosity be the guide.

2024 Dates:

  • April 5, 12, 19, 26
  • May 3, 10, 17

Reservations are $2 per student.

Each time slot can accommodate one classroom of students (approximately 25 students, plus their accompanying chaperones and teachers) for this 30-45 minute experience. Learn more.

For reservations, call Guest Services at (317) 776.6000.

 

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Experience Add-On: 1859 Balloon Voyage

Give your students an experience of a lifetime! Fly up to 377 feet up in the air while learning about the launch of the "Jupiter" balloon being the first successful airmail delivery in the U.S. Feel free to bring your intriguing questions as you engage in this exhibit! Learn more about how our tethered helium balloon was an inspiration to the history of travel and innovation, and marvel at the amazing view of the prairie and beyond.

1859 Balloon Voyage reservations are available daily, weather dependent.

Reservations are $5 per person.
A signed waver is required.

Each 15-minute time slot can accommodate one classroom of students (approximately 25 students, plus their accompanying chaperones and teachers)

For reservations, call Guest Services at (317) 776.6000.

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Experience Add-On: Steam On!

During this 30-minute Play Experience Add-On students will have the opportunity to interact with play invitations representing each of the letters in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). A multitude of state standards across disciplines will be represented in this experience. Invitations will include building bridges, exploring mathematical concepts with loose parts, representing learning through art and much more!

Ages:  PreK-5th Grade
2024 Dates:

  • April 3, 10, 17, 24
  • August 28, September 4, 11

Reservations are $2 per student

Each 30-minute time slot can accommodate one classroom of students (approximately 25 students, plus their accompanying chaperones and teachers)

For reservations, call Guest Services at (317) 776.6000

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Experience Add-On: It's About Time

During this 30-minute Play Experience Add-On students in Preschool through Fifth Grade will have the opportunity to explore and discover the foundational concepts of history and the passage of time. Through objects representing art, music, technology, and play, children will be able to compare and contrast utilizing multiple senses. This field trip is designed to set the framework for conceptual understanding of history and the objects that help us to learn about people, places, and cultures.

Ages:  PreK-5th Grade
2024 Dates:

  • May 1, 8, 15, 22
  • September 18 & 25

Reservations are $2 per student

Each 30-minute time slot can accommodate one classroom of students (approximately 25 students, plus their accompanying chaperones and teachers)

For reservations, call Guest Services at (317) 776.6000

Group transportation for field trips are available through a variety of charter bus providers, including GOGO Charters, Shofur, and Total Charter Bus.

Thank you to our K-12 Education Sponsor!

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Pre-Visit Information and Resources

We're so glad you're here!
Here you'll find everything you need to plan for your upcoming field trip. If you would like assistance planning your visit or aligning to your specific curricular needs, please email schoolprograms@connerprairie.org We are here for you!

Additional Information

Group Leaders
For Pre-K–grade 1, at least one adult leader must accompany each group of five students. For grades 2–12, one adult leader must accompany each group of ten students. Group leaders are responsible for students' behavior and must accompany and supervise students at all times.

Accessibility
Conner Prairie strives to provide a rich and meaningful experience for all guests. If anyone in your group would benefit from a specific accommodation, please contact Guest Services for guidance on planning your visit.

Field Trip Funding Resources

Transportation Fund
Conner Prairie is honored to offer a Transportation Fund to Central Indiana schools and organizations. Fund dollars are available throughout the calendar year on a first-come, first-served basis.

Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission
The Michael Pace Educators Grant provides funds for teachers to take their students on field trips to learn about the rich Native American history found in Indiana. There are 25 grants each worth $250.

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