c/o Philip Hills
265 Middle Road
Deerfield, NH 03037
Field trips can be an important part of your homeschooling experience. A field trip gives you a chance to explore history, science and industry in a way that a book never can.
The following list of trips have been suggested by fellow home schoolers. If you find an error about a trip or want to suggest a new trip, please let us know.
Open Tues-Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5; Wed eve ’till 9p.m.. when Dartmouth is in session. No charge for admission. For information on their special Sunday family programs, call Samantha at 646-2814.
The Museum of Fine Arts is open seven days a week. $6.50 - $17 per person. Youths 7 - 17 are admitted free on weekdays after 3 pm, weekends, and Public School holidays. Fee charged for visits by school and other youth groups (six or more); must be scheduled in advance.
Free art gallery open during collage hours. Special exhibits occasionally.
Working Dairy Farm, 1890’s farmhouse, demonstrations and activities available May-Oct. Group rates for 10 or more. Call ahead.
Farm tours 10-5....educational tour, learn about the history and care of llamas. Age 3 and up. Bring a snack to enjoy in the pastures and bring sliced carrots or apples for llama treats.1 hour tour. $15 per group...over 15 add $1 per child. Call for other hikes and reservations.
Stonewall Farm is a non-profit educational center. It has many on-going programs dealing with such topics as wildlife in winter, wetlands, maple syrup, birds, gardening, horse care, etc. SF runs camps for children during the summer and school vacations. There is also a co-op farm project for families.
Old Chesterfield Road
A clean, friendly atmosphere where children can pet and learn about animals and see babies of all kinds. A picnic area and gift shop are available. Adults $4.00, Children $3.50, group rates are available.
Walk though a real submarine.
90-minute tour of the way of life practiced by the Shakers from the 1780’s to today. Reduced rates for groups of 20 or more.
The Higgins Armory Museum, with 5,000 objects on 4 floors, is the only institution in the Northeast dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of arms and armor. A visit to the Higgins will spark your imagination with the fact behind the fairytale!
100 Barber Ave
This 100 year old library features an entire 2nd floor display of artifacts, books, articles and school projects on Amos Fortune. Guided group tours available, free of charge. You may also visit Amos and Violet’s gravestones at the Meeting House. (Keep in mind that making grave rubbings is now illegal.)
Natural History Museum. Closed Mondays. Open June 1-Labor Day. Donations and under age 5 free.
Rte 109 North of town
Large collection of everything from beadwork to dugout canoes. Eat lunch in outside teepee.
1890’s farm..groups will participate in 1800’s craft and skill activities of the season. Open M-F 10-4...reservations 2 weeks in advance...group rates 1-15 students $5 each...15 or more $4.50 each. Adult accompanying free. Also offer off-site programing and materials.
Old Sturbridge Village is a “must-see” destination to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. One of the country’s largest living history museums, OSV has a large staff of historians in costume, 59 historic buildings on 200 acres, three authentic water-powered mills and two covered bridges. Visitors can ride in a stagecoach, view antiques, heirloom gardens, meet the farm animals, and take part in hands-on crafts year-round.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd
Located in a 200-year-old house that was once a model for the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Perfect mother/daughter outing. Includes a book store, rustic gift shop and greenhouse. Wonderful meals served with on-site herbs. Call for directions and reservations.
Home and studio of famous sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens. Open Memorial Day-end of October, 9-4:30. Group tours conducted by rangers.
Open May-October. Walk though different eras of NH history.
On-going exhibits that change periodically. Guided group tours available; donations requested.
246 Main Street
Early 19th century...offers a nice program. 2 hour field trip. Up to 8 children...make a few early 1800’s foods, drinks - cook over an open fire, play games, sing period songs. Requires one adult per 3 children. Cost is $7.00 per person. Reservations. Also summer program for ages 8-12. 5 day session 10-3 each day. Learn to prepare meals as was done 200 years ago, heritage crafts and game.$25/day - 5 days.
44 Stoddard Road
Local history, mill house, kitchen and a country store.
Operated by the Historical Society. Guided group tours available. Cost is $3.00 per person, as a group.
19th Century museum village...educational tours of 20 or more $3.25 each student and chaperon, teachers are free...3 hours to tour...Open May 15-Sept.30 10-5...Non-group rates Adults $7, Students 6-18 $3.50, under 6 free.
Clark House, Fire Engine Museum, Schoolhouse. Guided tours of 18th century Clark House limited to groups of 6-8 with 2 day’s notice. Open July 5th-Labor Day. Appointment only for late June and September.
S. Main Street
A turn of the century natural history, local history and art museum established in 1916. It is an excellent resource for all grade levels. Open 12:30-4:30 WED - SUN except major holidays. There is a charge and group tours require a two week advanced reservation.
World War II History, including actual motorcycles, tanks, jeeps, uniforms and other memorabilia. Open weekends off-season. Open 7 days 10-4 after May 1st. Prebooked student groups > 10 are $2.50 each with chaperons free. 1 1/2 hour tour.
Open Thurs-Sat.10-5. Adults $4.00, ages 3-12 $3.00. Group limit 20.
Wolfeboro Falls, NH
Offers group programs for grades 1-12 completely free!! Programs include The Electric Company, Edison’s Workshop, You Can Turn Water Into Watt?
6 Fletcher St
Group rates to 15 or more...call for reservation. Tour Castle, Bottling Plant and Lucknow Brewery. Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Children $5.00, under 10 free. Non-group rates are $2.00 more per person. To tour the Bottling Plant only - No Fees..enter through Ossipee Park Road. Call for hours.
Manufacturer of educational items. No tours during June, July or August...Need 2-week notice...limit 10 in a group...wheelchair accessible...please notify.
Season is Memorial Day to Columbus Day...tours every 1/2 hour beginning with 8-minute video. Call ahead for groups of 15 because of summer bus groups. Recommend age 9 and up in order to see over glass divider.
43 Mill Street
Allows small groups to tour the candy making process and will answer questions. Prefer a day’s notice.
Free...watch process...also potter.
Learn how yogurt is made, tour the Yogurt Works. Call ahead for schedule...$10 per visitor. Under 12 is free.
Great tour with free bagels for each child. Free by appointment.
Selection of knitting and weaving yarns, looms, beads, fiber workshops,etc.
Local newspaper gives 1 1/2 hour guided tours free of charge. Children can also participate in educational programs sponsored by the newspaper. There is a yearly Newspapers in Education program which involves local schools and home schools in printing their own paper - from which articles are chosen
A local talk radio station. Tours available.
The Audubon Society has six program centers throughout the state, each offering a variety of natural science programs for school age children. Want to watch an owl eat lunch? How wide is an eagle’s wing span? What is the habitat of the loon? They have the answers.
84 Silk Farm Road
Beaver Brook Association is a non-profit conservation organization located in Hollis, NH. We have 2,000 acres of conservation land open to the public 7 days a week, and we schedule seasonal programs for families, programs for a parent and young child, field trips and summer youth programs throughout the year. Our programs focus on environmental education topics such as New England wildlife, getting ready for winter, birds, bees and butterflies, pond life, bats and owls, maple syruping, conifers, animal tracking, forest ecology, etc. We also run programs on Native Americans and orienteering. New this fall is a puppet theatre for children up to about 7 or 8 years old. The show is about what animals are doing to prepare for and survive the winter. Check out our Homeschool Program: The Art of Science for Homeschoolers ages 6-10 Wednesdays 10:00 - 12:30 Science is all around us! Come and explore inside, outside, close up and far away.
117 Ridge Road
Contact new London Chamber of Commerce.
New London, NH
Check your library for passes for big savings.
Geological park, picnic area and information center available. Free.
Contact NH Fish and Game.
Domed “African Tropical Forest Pavilion”,children’s zoo and “Bird’s World”...groups of 10 or more, reduced rate.
Has a special day for homeschoolers...give them a call.
Guided tours available with 1-2 day notice....open daily M-F 8-4. No fee mentioned.
288 Merrymeeting Road
New Durham, NH
Much parking, great views, nature path to bottom of gorge.
16 acres of rhododendrons bloom in mid-July, walking trials with views of Mt. Monadnock.
Dig your own minerals from over 150 types found in this 191-year-old mine. Open weekends mid-May to mid-June and daily mid-June to mid-Oct. Open 9-5 except July and August 9-6.
Indoor exhibits, tanks, tide pool and outdoor tours with guide or self-guided. Free, except in summer when $2.00 fee to enter park.
Rte 1 (between Portsmouth and Rye)
Many interesting things.
An outdoor classroom founded in 1966 to teach visitors about New Hampshire’s plants, birds, and other animals and the ecosystems which are their natural habitats. The Science Centers 200 acre property at the south end of Squam Lake is host to a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits. They have developed over two dozen programs for school children. The variety of programming includes environmental puppet shows, live animal programs and lake ecology cruises on Squam Lake.
Glass atrium building houses a living butterfly environment. Sunny days are best! Call for group reservation...April 15 thru Columbus Day.
A free, 450 acre refuge with nature trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Open 24 hours per day.
Rte 9,Daniel’s Hill Road
The Nature of Things, LLC was founded to provide experiential learning experiences to children of all ages. We offer field trip opportunities on our working farm and adjacent 350 acres of forested conservation land. Field trip and group programs include Farm Animal Science, Team Building, Low Ropes Course, Pond Ecology, Forest Studies, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Orienteering, and Horseback Riding Lessons. We also have organic gardens, a green house, and a hands-on science center.
10 Groton Rd
Dam, fish ladder and educational facility on Connecticut River.
Computers for public use, internal online public access catalog,etc.
South Main Street