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

Gibbs Farm Field Trips & Tours – Now booking for Fall 2021 

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 field trips, Gibbs Farm offers Pioneer and Dakota outreach programs and off-site demonstrations year round (find more information on outreach here.)

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

Scheduling and Tour information here: 2019-2020 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.)

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

Each virtual tour is approximately 70 minutes in length. You may select the Dakota or Pioneer tours for $30/classroom or both for $45/classroom. Educators will have access to these video tours for two weeks. Along with access to these tours, you will also receive an educator supplemental guide as well as the opportunity to submit questions from your students (regarding the virtual field trip) to be answered in a prerecorded custom Q&A video from Gibbs Farm staff. These videos are in English and captioned in English as well. Other languages to come.

The Dakota Tour: Gibbs Farm staff will lead your students through the seasonal life of the Dakota people of Cloud Man’s village as experienced by Jane Gibbs in the 1830s.

The Pioneer Tour: Site Manager Sammy Nelson will show your students the historic Gibbs Farmhouse and Stoen Schoolhouse and discuss what life was like for the Gibbs Family.

Additional Activity Add-Ons: We are offering two different craft activities to go with each tour, a Fabric Quilt Square Activity or a Dakota-inspired Beaded Bracelet. The supplies and instructions would be sent to teachers/schools for use in the classroom. Teachers would also be provided with a link to an instructional video and contextual information about the craft and how it related to Dakota or Pioneer history. The cost for each activity is $1.50/students plus the cost of shipping to your school. If your school is within 10 miles of Gibbs Farm, we can coordinate in-person delivery for no charge. This activity can be selected as a program of its own or can be combined with the selection of a virtual field trip tours.

Please email to book your virtual tour or activity add-on.

Watch a promo of these tours here: