Gibbs Farm Day Camps

At Gibbs Farm and Ramsey County Historical Society, our primary concern is for the safety and well being of our visitors and our staff.   At this time, based on the guidelines issued by the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC, we feel that this cannot be guaranteed in on-site camp programming.  Therefore, after much thought and deliberation, Gibbs Farm and RCHS have decided to cancel all summer 2020 camps. If you have registered for a camp program we will be in touch shortly by email.


Are you ready for an adventure?

Gibbs Farm is a historic site located in Falcon Heights, just outside of St. Paul.  This eight acre site is run by Ramsey County Historical Society.  Gibbs Farm preserves and shares Minnesota history focusing on both pioneer and Dakota life in the mid-1800s.  We use historic and replica buildings, a restored prairie, farm animals, and costumed interpreters in our programs to bring history to life.

In 2020, we have camps for kids aged 4 to 15.  Choose Gibbs Farm day camps for your summer or MEA adventure!  Whatever piques your interest – pioneer history, Dakota seasonal life, nature, games, tea parties – we have a camp for you!

All camps take place at the Gibbs Farm historic site and are led by our fantastic historic interpretive staff.  All staff receive training and have passed a background check.

Through May 31st, 2020 we will be offering Early Bird Pricing on most of our camps. As always, RCHS Members receive a 10% discount on all camps.

Have a camp-related question? Check out our downloadable PDFs: Camp FAQ 2020 or PeeWee FAQ 2020
Please email or call 651-646-8629 with any other questions.


For Ages 4 & 5

Cancelled-Pioneer PeeWees

Wednesday & Fridays; July, 1st  -August 21st; 9:30am-11:30am

Price Per Session: $22; Early Bird: $20

Members receive 10% off on regular and Early Bird Pricing.

These mini camps are a perfect introduction for 4 & 5 year-olds who are ready for some independent fun!  Costumed staff lead campers through adventures in topics relating to nature, pioneer, and Dakota life in the 1800s.

Each camp session includes a make and take activity, story time, a snack, and spending time outside!  Peewees play games, color, sing songs, and visit our farm animals.

New 2020 Topics!  We are excited to introduce new Pioneer Peewees topics this summer in addition to returning favorites like “All About Bees” and “Pioneer Chores”!



Cancelled Pioneer PeeWees and Pals

$10/person; 9:30am-11:30am 

New this year! Calling all grandpas, grandmas, moms, and dads!  Have you ever wanted to join your 4 – 5 year-old PeeWee for summer camp at Gibbs Farm? Now is your chance!

PeeWees and their grown-up pal will play games, read stories, and do an activity together!  Topics include All About our Apple Orchard and Pioneer Toys and Games.

Wednesday, August 26th All About Our Apple Orchard: Tour and learn about the Gibbs Farm Heritage Apple Orchard. PeeWees and their grown-up pals will also be able to make an apple craft and enjoy and apple snack.  PeeWees must attend with an adult.

Friday, August 28thPioneer Toys & Games: Campers and their grown-up will learn about games played by pioneer children in the 1800s and will get a chance to play marbles, horseshoes, and more!  PeeWees must attend with an adult.

The Youngest Pals – We know that some PeeWees have an even smaller pal under the age of 4 who needs to stick with the grown-up who is attending camp.  A PeeWee sibling under the age of 4 is welcome to attend the camp session at no additional charge!

*This camp is not eligible for Early Bird Pricing*


For Ages 6 – 10

These camps take place Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-1pm.

Campers bring a lunch each day.  An open house for family takes place on Thursday at 12:30 and includes a performance from the campers, a chance to walk around the site, and a sweet treat!

Price Per Week: $110; Early Bird: $100

Members receive 10% off on regular and Early Bird Pricing.

Cancelled Dakota Camp

June 16th – June 18th

July 14th – July 16th

Learn about Minnesota’s first people, the Dakota, in this unique camp!  Developed with Dakota partners, including instructors from University of Minnesota’s Dakota Language Program, this camp, allows kids to explore 1830s seasonal life through the lens of Cloud Man’s village, where a young Jane Gibbs spent many of her childhood years.

Campers are introduced to the Dakota language and play games to learn names of colors and animals! Activities include practicing with bows & arrows, learning about the engineering involved with constructing a tipi, visiting a replica bark lodge, hearing stories, and sampling Dakota inspired food on the last day!

Each week of camp involves a visit from one of Gibbs Farm’s Dakota partners to either teach a language session, read a story, or give a demonstration of a traditional Dakota craft.



Cancelled Pioneer Kid Camp

June 30th – July 2nd

July 28th – July 30th

August 11th – August 13th

Travel back in time to the mid-1800s and live like a pioneer kid!

Go to school in a one-room schoolhouse, help with the weekly wash, run an errand to the local general store, make butter, and more!   Every morning starts with feeding the Gibbs Farm animals.

Pioneer kids had a lot of responsibility, but they also knew how to have fun!  Campers play marbles, horseshoes, learn about making (and taste) ice cream.

Campers will return to the 21st century with a new understanding of pioneer school, work, and play!


Cancelled Life of a Gibbs Girl

July 7th – July 9th

August 4th – August 6th

August 18th – August 20th

What would it be like to be a girl in 19th century Minnesota?  Experience the differences and similarities between life today and life as a Pioneer, Dakota, and Victorian girl!

Costumed staff lead campers through the historic Gibbs farmhouse, explore the restored prairie, and host a Victorian tea party!  Each day includes history inspired crafts, activities outside, and time with friends.

New in 2020!  In celebration of the centennial anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, Life of a Gibbs Girl will include new hands-on activities on “Victorian Day.”  Campers will learn about suffragettes and the importance of their work in securing the vote for women!


Ages 11 – 15

These camps take place Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-3pm.

Campers bring a lunch each day.  An open house for family takes place on Thursday at 2:30 and includes a performance from the campers, a chance to walk around the site, and a sweet treat!

Price Per Week: $165; Early Bird: $150

Members receive 10% off on regular and Early Bird Pricing.

Cancelled- Victorian Ladies

June 23rd – June 25th

Though England is an ocean away, Queen Victoria greatly influenced fashion, manners, and culture, even in Minnesota!  Lillie, the youngest Gibbs family member, grew up during the Victorian era and her taste for the finer things inspires this camp!

Campers will explore the historical aspects of the Victorian world while practicing their curtsies, cross stitching, and campaigning for women’s right to vote!  Amidst the language of fans, lessons in floriography and penmanship, campers will experience Victorian fashion and the popularity of natural history museums.

The final day of camp culminates in a celebratory tea party!



Cancelled Pioneer Survivor

July 21st – July 23rd

Think you have what it takes to survive as an 1800s pioneer?  Test your skills at the Gibbs Farm site where campers will compete in 19th century farm chores, household tasks, and one room-schoolhouse exercises.  Campers will get an in depth look at early pioneer life in Minnesota while learning about the original farmhouse, farm animals, partaking in competitive butter churning, making ice cream, dipping full-sized candles, and more!



2020 MEA Detective Camps – Registration Begins August 1, 2020

9:00am – 4:00pm

Campers ages 6-10

1 Day of Camp – $50; 2 Days of Camp – $90

Nature Detectives: October 15th

Calling all outdoor adventurers!

Campers will be nature detectives as we explore the outdoors.  We will search for clues to tell us what creatures are living in the prairie and examine woolie bear caterpillars and investigate whether they really can predict the weather.   Campers will make works of art out of natural materials and be introduced to the Gibbs Farm animals.

History Detectives: October 16th

The game is afoot!

There are some mysterious happenings around Gibbs Farm, it will take the greatest sleuthing minds to get to the bottom of it.  Campers will encounter puzzles, obstacle courses, escape rooms, and even time-travel.  Campers will search for clues in the historic Gibbs Farmhouse and one-room schoolhouse.

No previous time-travel experience required.