Gibbs Farm Day Camps

Are you ready for an adventure?

In 2021, Gibbs Farm has camps for kids aged 4 to 15.  Whatever piques your interest – pioneer history, Dakota seasonal life, nature, games, tea parties – we have a camp for you!

Gibbs Farm is a Ramsey County Historical Society site located in Falcon Heights, just outside of St. Paul.  This 8-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. All camps are led by our fantastic historic interpretive staff.  All staff receive training and have passed a background check.

Members of Ramsey County Historical Society receive a 10% discount on each camp registration.

We want to ensure the safety of all our campers, their families, and staff members.

Please note the following changes to our summer 2021 camps that follow recommended CDC guidelines:

  • All campers will be required to wear facemasks. Per CDC guidelines, we will not be allowing face shields or mouth shields.
  • Camp capacity will be limited to 3 groups of 5 campers. Groups will remain the same each day of camp and will have limited to no contact with other groups. (For PeeWees, 2 groups of 5 campers) 6ft of social distance will be adhered to when possible. 
  • No Open Houses for 2021 Camps. 
  • Please be sure to read through our 2021 Camp Guidelines These include answers to FAQ as well as important updates regarding how we will safely run camp during the Covid-19 pandemic. These guidelines are subject to change. 

Please email gibbs@rchs.com or call 651-646-8629 with any other questions.

 

For Ages 4 & 5

PeeWees Camp

Wednesday & Fridays, July 7th – August 27th; 9:30am-11:30am

Price Per Session: $22

7/7, 7/9, 7/14 , 7/21, 8/4, 8/6, and 8/11 Sessions are Sold Out!

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 2021 Topics!  We are excited to introduce new Pioneer Peewees topics this summer in addition to returning favorites like “All About Bees” and “Pioneer Chores”!

2021 PeeWees Camp Session Descriptions

Register for PeeWees!

For Ages 6 – 10

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

Campers bring a lunch each day.

Price Per Week: $110

Kids on the Farm – Sold Out

July 6th – 8th 
July 27th – 29th
August 24th – 26th

Travel back in time to the mid-1800s and live like an early Minnesota farm 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.

Farm 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 19th century school, work, and play!

Dakota Camp – Sold Out

July 13th – 15th 
August 10th – 12th 

Learn about Minnesota’s first people, the Dakota, past & present, 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!

Life of a Gibbs Girl – Sold Out

July 20th – 22nd 
August 17th – 19th

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.

 

Ages 11 – 15

Minnesota Time Travel Camp – 2021 Exclusive! – Sold Out

Tuesday – Thursday, August 3rd– 5th

9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Campers bring a lunch each day.

$165

Hold on to your hat! We are going time traveling to three different eras of Minnesota history.

Day one will highlight the past & present of Minnesota’s first people, the Dakota. Campers will learn about the traditional seasonal life of Cloud Man’s village, explore the restored prairie, and be introduced to the Dakota language. On day two, campers will get an in depth look at early farm life in Minnesota while learning about the original farmhouse, farm animals, and partaking in a competitive butter churning contest. Finally, day three will venture into the Victorian era with explorations into the rise in popularity of natural history, inventions, strict manners, cross stitching, and end with a ‘garden party’ complete with croquet and tea.