Elementary School Field Trips

Naper Settlement field trips focus on inquiry based learning that promotes curiosity and critical thinking skills in elementary and middle school students.  Sign-up for one of our in-person options, or enjoy the museum virtually with one of our three new virtual field trips. For questions, please call 630-420-6010 or email us at grouptours@naperville.il.us .

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In-Person Field Trips:

Untitled design (29)History Station at Naper Settlement

Grades 2-5 • December - March • $8/student
The 1800s come alive through sights, sounds and smells. Students witness forging iron in the Blacksmith Shop, operating a printing press in the Print Shop, and learning about corn grinding in the Log House. Students will also experience the cultural legacy of the one-room schoolhouse that gave rise to the popularization of the 3Rs (reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic), and cooperative/peer learning. 

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Untitled design (35)Time Travel Trip at Naper Settlement

All Grades •  April - October • $6.50/student 
Meet educators in period clothing along your self-guided route. Follow the development of a typical Northern Illinois town as it grows from a frontier outpost to a thriving agricultural and industrial community.

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Untitled design (30)Giddy Up at Naper Settlement

Pre-K - Grade 1 • June-Sept • $6.50/student, 1½-hour program  
Saddle up and climb on your hobby horse as we clip-clop our way across the museum campus from the Blacksmith Shop to the Conestoga Wagon. Our staff will guide your group to five stops during this engaging 90-minute program.

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Virtual Field Trips:

Untitled design (31)History Station Virtual Field Trip

Grades 3-5 • September, October, December - May  • $150 per class/30 students
This interactive virtual learning program allows students to experience the past using Naper Settlement as a backdrop. The History Station digital field trip experience will take students through our historic grounds and houses to learn about the chores and common trades of the 1800s and evaluate the cultural significance of work and home life of families and communities. There are many ways to solve the problems of food, shelter, transportation, and community resilience.

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District 203 & 204 Elementary School Field Trips

In addition to the field trips above, District 203 and 204 fourth-grade students have access to our Living History field trip that explores Naperville's 19th-century culture and economy. 

Living History at Naper Settlement

Grade 4  •  November •  $8/student  •  District 203 & 204 only
Costumed educators in period clothing engage students through hands-on work and play. Students will engage in an interactive exploration of commerce, trade, and technology in Naperville’s interdependent, 19th-century culture and economy to develop geographic, economic, and historical literacy and civic awareness

Living History Virtual Field Trip

Grade 4  •  November •  $150 per class/30 students  •  District 203 & 204 only
Students will engage in an interactive exploration of commerce, trade, and technology in Naperville’s interdependent, 19th-century culture and economy to develop geographic, economic, and historical literacy and civic awareness. The program helps students build context and understanding of the settlement and community development patterns of Naperville and Illinois including Indigenous presence and displacement, European settlement, immigration, and migration.  

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Hunt for History at Naper Settlement

Grade 2 •  January 23-27 •  $5.75/student, 2-hour program
Students become detectives on a quest to learn about their local community, then and now. This interactive program takes students on a hunt throughout the historic buildings where educators in period clothing challenge their knowledge of history.