Winter Programs

Things don’t slow down during the winter season at the farm.  There are a wide variety of activities for your small group to come and participate in hands-on learning opportunities. These programs are generally offered November through March. Arrangements can sometimes be made to have these programs at other times of the year. Nervous about traveling during the winter, some of these programs can come to you!

One Room School Experience

Program runs 3½ hours

Our school marm begins the day with opening exercises typical in the year 1893: greeting, Pledge of Allegiance, and singing. Next, slate assignments are given, followed by recitation and arithmetic. At mid-day there is time for lunch (not included) and recess when children play old-time games. Geography, spelling bees, and penmanship are examples of afternoon activities that complete the day.

Our schoolhouse, a late 19th century reproduction, is furnished with slant-top desks, a pot belly stove and slate blackboards. Materials are available to use prior to your visit to prepare students for their journey back in time. Children are encouraged to wear period clothing.

Pennsylvania academic standards: History 8.2, Math 2.5, English 1.3, 1.4

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Weekdays – November, January, February, March & Summer
Grade 3 and up
$6.50 per person
Minimum: $125.00


Molly the Sheep 

Program runs 1 to 1½ hours


Come visit
Molly the Sheep on the farm. Students have an opportunity to card wool, spin and weave as they learn the story of making cloth. They will also have a chance to interact with a live sheep and learn all about Molly and why she is important on the farm.

Pennsylvania academic standards: Art 9.2, Science 3.3

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Weekdays – November, January, February, March, early April
Grades 1 and up
$5.00 per person
Minimum: $100


Combine Molly with the One Room School Program for a full day experience!

Molly/One Room School Program

Program runs 3½ to 4 hours

This program, held on-site at Quiet Valley, combines two of our most popular programs for children. Students learn about the importance of sheep and wool on the farm by meeting Molly the Sheep and taking part in hands-on activities related to spinning and weaving. Participants also take part in a One Room School experience in our reconstructed Schoolhouse.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Weekdays – November, January, February, March, early April
Grades 1 & up
$5.00 per person
Minimum: $100


Farm Hand Adventure

Program runs 3½ to 4 hours

This program explores the overall farm-life experience. Students start by learning how a farmstead was settled in the late 1700s. Next they are taught the bread making process from yeast to rising dough. Each child kneads the dough, shapes it, and at the end of the day takes home a small loaf of freshly baked bread. The children will then break into three groups, one at butter churning, one at wheat processing and one at the craft area. Groups will rotate until they have been through all three stations.

This is an active, hands-on way to learn about such important farm products as wheat and milk. If time and weather permit the groups can walk to see the farm animals is included in the visit.

Pennsylvania academic standards: History 8.2, Art 9.2, Science 3.3

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Weekdays – November, January, February, March, early April
Grades 3 and up
$10.00 per person
Minimum: $200

Hands on History Programs 

Also, check out our hands on workshops. This programs are a great way to develop a deeper understanding of history.