Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm offers a fun and educational experience for children in all grades. For teachers, we offer planning assistance before your visit and curriculum-based tour outlines. Enjoy our Picnic Area or use our shared indoor seating for lunch.
Self-Guided Field Trips
(Recommended during the Baby Animals exhibit)
Tour the Village at your own pace, choosing activities that support your curriculum. After your students receive an introduction from our interpretative staff, they can watch Village artisans and farm staff at work, marvel at the sights and sounds of the 1858 water turbine, and delight in heritage-breed animals in the Round Stone Barn — especially the newborns! Hands-on activities in the Discovery Room include dressing up in Shaker-style clothing, weaving on a loom, and milking a life-sized replica Holstein cow.
Guided Field Trips
(Recommended from May 8 onward to the end of the school year)
Guided tours for school groups are roughly 90 minutes long and focus on daily life in a 19th-Century Shaker community. With visits to the 1830 Brick Dwelling, Round Stone Barn, and Laundry/Machine Shop, students learn about the history and culture of the Shakers and what life was like in early-American society. You’ll learn about the chores Shaker children were expected to do, and what their day at school was like. All tours are tailored to student ages. For teen groups, skills development, apprenticeships, and work roles are emphasized.