Field Trip Rate
Group rates for school children and adult groups are $3 per person. To download field trip form, click here.
A field trip at The Sawmill Museum typically includes an introductory video, a tour of the saw room and the museum, exploration of our lumberjack cabins, an activity or craft, and other activities as desired. Most importantly, each field trip can be customized to meet your schedule and your curriculum needs! A sample schedule might look something like this:
Schedule for 25-30 students (If multiple classes, we break into groups to go through the museum in stations) :
1. Watching an introduction movie and introduction to museum: 10 minutes
2. Tour of saw room or live sawing demonstration: 10-20 minutes depending on if tour of live demo
3. Guided Tour of Museum Exhibits: 10-20 minutes
4. Play in Cabins: 20-25 minutes
5. Play With Water Table: 20-25 minutes
6. Activity in Classroom: 15-20 minutes.
A typical field trip will last 90 mins-2 hours
Activities in classroom can be customized but regular activities:
1. Make Your Own Terrarium: The purpose of this activity is to highlight the depletion of the Northwoods and the lesson of needing to replant while also going over the basics of what plants need to grow. Environmental stewardship and the science of plants are covered.
2. Historic Toys: To help relate what the 1800's were like and to accent our lumberjack cabins, students will make a series of olden toys: cup & ball, thaumatrope, and/or other paper and wood based
3. Reading a book and using tools: The museum will read Happy Little Handsaw or Paul Bunyan vs Hans Halson and then lead a demonstration of electric vs handtools. Or for Pre-school to 1st grade: Have the students hammer a nail.
The museum's classroom can seat 50-75 students for lunch and is available upon request.
Train and special activities
For $2 extra per student, The Sawmill Museum's trackless train can take kids on a 15-20 minute ride around the museum grounds. Train can fit 20-24 kids at a time. In addition to a classroom activity or instead of a class activity, the museum also has outside activities like a tree scavenger hunt, playing with historic games, and more.
The museum offers the same field trip itinerary for homeschool groups as well as a group rate for a homeschool social gathering as long as group is above 15.