Homeschool Days at Conner Prairie, and how to get more out of your trip

Covered bridge in Conner Prairie
WHAT: Conner Prairie interactive history park

WHAT: Homeschool Days at Conner Prairie

WHEN: 10-5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, September 9-10

WHERE: Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN

COST: $5 for students, free for one educator (that’s you, homeschool mama!)

MORE INFO: Visit this page on the Conner Prairie website for more info on this event. Can’t make it to these days, but want to coordinate a field trip for your homeschool group? I have info for you on that right here.

I don’t know about you, but my kids tend to get more out of a field trip if we do a little bit of advance learning and preparation on the topic. So ahead of our trip to Conner Prairie, I will read some books and we might do a craft. Here are some ideas, first straight from the Conner Prairie website:

Free lapbooks:

Please note, I haven’t vetted most of these resources. I’m just listing them as a springboard for your library visit ahead of time, if you choose to do so.

Some books:

(Talks about the Sioux Indians in the Dakotas from 1800-1850…so right time period, but different location)

Do you have any book suggestions or resources to add? I’d love to hear them!

*Book photos are Amazon affiliate links. Thank you for your support!

Visit the Columbian Park Zoo (Lafayette)


Look at that wallaby! So adorable. At the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Indiana.

Photo credit Anna Goben on Flickr

WHAT: Columbian Park Zoo

WHERE: 1915 Scott Street in Lafayette, Indiana


WHEN: Open seasonally. Closed from mid-October through April. Check hours here.

My kids and I visited the Columbian Park Zoo earlier this week and had a great time. While small, the grounds are beautiful and the exhibits are well-thought-out. We especially enjoyed walking through the wallaby section, where wallabies hopped around us. The butterfly exhibit was lovely and we spotted many varieties and observed some cocoons. We heard the monkeys making a racket.

There’s also a small barn, where we saw a pig, miniature horse, chickens and got to pet some wee goats.

The zoo offers structured field trips for groups. We chose to just visit and enjoy the surroundings. Kids are welcome to play in the fountains near the entrance.

For a fee, you can do a train ride. I don’t think it’s on tracks though, so it’s one of those long train-like kinda vehicles. In case that matters.

Pack a picnic lunch or walk over to Arni’s or the Frozen Custard nearby for a bite to eat. After checking out the zoo, visit the playground at Columbian Park, or go swimming at Tropicanoe Cove (all are on the same property).

Indiana State Fair 2014 field trips

It’s time to think about the Indiana State Fair! This year, the dates are August 1-17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

The fair offers a variety of field trip opportunities if you’d like to do a guided tour, or you can do a self-guided visit.

Visit this page to view fair field trip opportunities and to register. Prices are typically $2/student and the price includes admission.

Programs include:

  • Seed Survivor (2nd-3rd grade)
  • My American Farm (5th-6th)
  • The Versatile Bean (7th-12th)
  • Hoosier Heritage (4th)
  • Pathway to Water Quality (5th-6th)
  • Wonder Trail (self-guided, 2nd-6th)
  • Junior Vet Camp (6th-8th)
  • Senior Vet Camp (9th-12th)