Travel back in time and experience Pioneer and Dakota life in the 1800s!

Gibbs Farm Field Trips & Tours – Now booking Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

Please note that prices will increase by $2 in 2023. 

To make field trip reservations or for more information call 651-646-8629 or email

Gibbs Farm is a seasonal historic site open for field trips and scheduled tours from May through October.

In addition to in-person field trips, Gibbs Farm offers Pioneer and Dakota virtual field trips. Scroll down for more details.

The 3M SPPS Kindergarten Tour (for St. Paul Public Schools only):

Scheduling and Tour information here: 2021-2022 Gibbs Farm Info for SPPS Kinder Tour

The Pioneer Tour

This tour introduces the story of Jane Gibbs and focuses on Pioneer life in early Minnesota and includes stations designed to be a time-line of events. These include the Soddy and animals, the Farmhouse Original Room and Victorian-Era Parlor, bed chambers and Farm Lab, Summer Kitchen, one-room schoolhouse, and one hands-on activity. Allow two hours. Price: $6.00/student. (See below for teacher and chaperone pricing). This tour is recommended for first grade and up.

The Dakota Tour

This tour focuses on the life ways of the Dakota, Minnesota’s first people, in the early nineteenth century. It includes an introduction to Cloud Man and his village, the travois and gardens, maple sugar camp, summer bark lodge, wild rice camp, tipi, and one hands-on activity. Allow two hours. Price: $6.00/student. (See below for teacher and chaperone pricing). This tour is recommended for first grade and up.

Pioneer & Dakota Tour

Schools and groups may opt for both a Pioneer and Dakota tour on the same day. This includes the stations described above, one hands-on activity, and a ½ hour lunch break (bring bag lunches). Allow four hours. Price: $10.00/student. (See below for teacher and chaperone pricing). These tours are recommended for first grade and up.

The Combo Tour

This tour is great for groups with a wide age range. The tour includes the pioneer Soddy, Dakota summer bark lodge, tipi, farm animals and birds, and the one-room schoolhouse. Allow 90 minutes. Price: $5.00/student. A hands-on activity such as candle making or ice cream can be added to the tour. The cost for the tour with an activity is $6.00/student. (See below for teacher and chaperone pricing.) Ask us about our Pre-K Combo Tour!

Hands-On Activities

Unique in this region, Gibbs Farm includes one hands-on activity as part of our Dakota and Pioneer tours. These activities bring the field trip experience to life for children. When students bring make-and-take crafts home, the information learned is reinforced as they share the experience with family.

  • Pioneer Activity Options: Candle dipping or Ice Cream Demo/Tasting. (Note: The Ice Cream Demo activity is only available May-September).
  • Dakota Activity Options: Beaded Bracelet.
  • Additional Activities may be included with tours. Allow 20-30 minutes for each additional Activity. Price: $1.50/each.

Adult Tour Packages

All tours are also available for adult groups. Price: $6.00/person. Add $1.50 for hands-on activity.

Custom Field Trips

Work with Gibbs Farm staff to create your specialized tour. Please email for more information.

Field Trip & Tour Pricing

  • Pioneer Tour: $6.00/student
  • Dakota Tour: $6.00/student
    Note: All Pioneer and Dakota Tours include a unique hands-on activity. Experience shows the importance of hands-on activities to enhance the students’ learning, however groups choosing to forego the hands-on activity should deduct 20 minutes from the tour. Cost of tour without the activity is $5.00/student.
  • Pioneer & Dakota Tour (includes activity): $10.00/student
  • Combo Tour: $5.00/student
  • Additional Hands-On Activities are available for $1.50 per student/person. Allow an additional 20 minutes for each Activity.
  • Teachers and para-professionals: no charge.
  • Two adult chaperones per classroom: no charge.
  • Homeschool Groups: Three adults for every 25 students are free of charge.
  • Additional adult chaperones are welcome: $6.00/each.

Gibbs Farm Virtual Field Trips

We are offering new and improved virtual field trip tour videos for the 2021-2022 schoolyear. $50/classroom for either the Dakota or Pioneer virtual field trips, $80/classroom for both. Hands-on craft activities (quilt squares and/or beaded bracelets) can be included for $1.50/student. Supplies are mailed to your school in advance, an instructional video is included. The virtual field trip cost includes two weeks of access to the tour videos.

Watch a promo of these tours here: