Field Trips at Historic Wagner Farm

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.

What can you learn at Historic Wagner Farm?

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.

Virtual Field Trip Options

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