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Everybody's talking about their trip to Conner Prairie.

At Conner Prairie, the Indiana history you read about in text books becomes a vibrant learning experience full of activities for students and teachers to see and do. You can talk with the potter, feel the heat from the blacksmith’s forge, play games with the local pioneer children and help with the farm chores.

Our programs cover a wide variety of Indiana academic standards including inter-disciplinary curriculum for every grade level. Subjects including social studies, language arts, math and science are all incorporated into your visit. Students get the perfect mix of learning, adventure and fun all in a scenic and safe environment where our dedicated staff is always on hand ready to help you.

We know in this economy your field trip dollars are limited, so we try our best to keep your costs as low as possible by substantially subsidizing every student’s visit.

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

Download School Programs Catalog 2019-2020

Self-Guided Tours

Customize your trip based on your curriculum.
Create your own field trip adventure! Self-guided tours give you and your students access to all of the historic areas allowing you to cover a variety of Indiana academic standards, including social studies, language arts, math and science. Students will explore and engage in history bringing the past to life in ways textbooks cannot.
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.

Who: Grades K–12
Dates: April (Thursday-Saturday), May (Tuesday-Saturday), September-November (Tuesday-Saturday)
Times: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Length: 3 to 4 hours recommended for a complete experience
Cost: $6.00/student, $8.50/adult chaperone. Teachers and school staff get in free.

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Exploring Indiana History and STEM

Connect students to history and science through this fun, interactive program. As they rotate through eight stations, students find out about Indiana history related to science. At each station they will work on challenges during which they will explore a variety of science topics and concepts.

Examples: Students hear about Indiana connections to early flight and then are challenged to redesign a paper glider to make it fly farther. Students learn about changes in communication in the 1800s after which they construct simple electrical circuits that allow them to send Morse code. The program takes place in the Conner Prairie Welcome Center. This program is held when the outdoor areas are closed. Pre-payment is required three weeks in advance.

Reservations required by calling Guest Services at 317-776-6000 or 800-966-1836.

Please Note: In order to give students hands-on experiences, students rotate in groups of about 12. Thus the maximum capacity of this program on any given day is about 100 students.

Who: Grades K-12
2020 Dates: January 14, 15, 28, 29
February 4, 5, 11, 12
March 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 24, 25
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Length: 4 hours (includes 30 min. lunch period)
Cost: Students $6.50. One adult chaperone free with every 10 students.
Additional chaperones $6.50. Teachers/school staff free.

School Programs

An adventure awaits you and your students.
To reserve your school group, view our School Programs Catalog, then call 317-776-6000 to book your reservation.

Please have the following information ready when you call:

  • Number of students
  • School address
  • School & alternate phone number
  • E-mail
  • Programs of interest
  • Time zone

Please Note: Reservations are required for all programs.

Teacher Orientation

Be prepared for great things.
Here, you'll find everything you need to plan for your upcoming field trip. Visit the Pre-Visit Information and Resources page to download a check-in form, an information sheet for chaperones, a map of Conner Prairie with behavior guidelines, information on each historic area, and suggestions for classroom activities to supplement your visit. Have fun! We're looking forward to hosting you and your students.

Pre-Visit Information and Resources

Lunch Options

We've got your lunch covered!
It's easy, you can pre-order a Prairie Sack Lunch for $5-$8 depending on the age group of your students. Lunches include your choice of sandwich, beverage, cookie, and chips or apple wedges. Pre-orders must be placed and guaranteed at least five business days prior to your visit. Payment may be made in full when guarantee is made or on tour date by credit card, check or cash. Outdoor picnic shelters are available for school groups. You will be contacted by one of our school tour coordinators to schedule your group’s lunch time.

Lunch Menu

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All The Details

Payment & Cancellations
To be eligible for school group rates, you must have 15 or more students in your group. Pre-payment three weeks in advance is required for some programs. To receive a refund for pre-paid programs, cancellations must be made three weeks prior to the program date. Programs operate rain or shine.

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.

Conner Prairie Store
Take history home with you! Discover pioneer and history books, educational items and games perfect for classroom use. Students will love the toys, games and other souvenirs. Looking for pioneer clothing? The Conner Prairie Store carries costumes for boys and girls that are perfect for heritage days. Call 317-776-6000 for more information.

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Accessibility
Conner Prairie strives to provide an educational and fun experience for all guests. Please notify Guest Services if your group has anyone with special needs.

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Location
Conner Prairie is conveniently located just six miles north of Indianapolis in Fishers at 13400 Allisonville Road.

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Field Trip Funding Resources

Target Field Trip Grants
It's become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, Target launched Field Trip Grants in 2007. Since then, they've made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trips. Each grant is valued up to $700.

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DonorsChoose.org
This organization connects donors that are eager to fund classroom projects.

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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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