History Explorer Camps
Journey through the past and present in our History Explorers Camps: Kids on the Farm, Dakota Camp, Nature Detectives, and Life of a Gibbs Girl.
These camps take place Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-1pm. Campers will bring a lunch each day. Grade Recommendation: K-3rd Completed.
Kids on the Farm
Travel back in time to the mid-1800s and explore life as an early Minnesota farm kid!
Campers will go to school in a one-room schoolhouse, help with the weekly wash, run an errand to the local general store, work in the garden, and more! Every morning starts with feeding the Gibbs Farm animals. Farm kids like the Gibbs children had a lot of responsibility, but they also knew how to have fun! Campers play marbles, horseshoes, and learn about making (and tasting) homemade butter. Campers will return to the 21st century with a new understanding of 19th century school, work, and play!
Learn about Minnesota’s first people, the Dakota, past & present, in this unique camp!
Developed with Dakota partners, including instructors from University of Minnesota’s Dakota Language Program, this camp allows kids to explore 1830s seasonal life through the lens of Cloud Man’s village, where a young Jane Gibbs spent many of her childhood years. Campers are introduced to the Dakota language and play games to learn names of colors and animals! Activities include practicing with bows & arrows, learning about the engineering involved with constructing a tipi, visiting a replica bark lodge, hearing stories, and sampling traditional Dakota inspired food!
Come explore the outdoors!
Campers will be nature detectives and use all their senses to make observations about the natural world. We will search for clues about what creatures are living in the restored Gibbs prairie, eavesdrop on songbirds, and observe the behaviors of the farm animals. Get excited for animal tracks activities, art projects, scavenger hunts, and more!
Life of a Gibbs Girl
What would it be like to be a girl in 19th century Minnesota?
Experience the differences and similarities between life today and life as a Pioneer, Dakota, and Victorian girl! Campers will tour the historic Gibbs farmhouse, explore the restored prairie, and host a Victorian tea party! Each day includes history inspired crafts like beading bracelets, making yarn and cornhusk dolls, as well as activities outside, and time with friends.
Please note that Life of a Gibbs Girl is open to all campers!