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Maple Madness Homeschool Family Field Trip Day

Thursday, March 21 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Calling all homeschool families!

Join us at GCV&M Thursday, March 21 for our Maple Madness Field Trip Day! Homeschool families are invited to bring history, chemistry, math, and ecology to life. Reverse osmosis? Sap to syrup ratios? The importance of maple sugar for the economy of anti-slavery protests? No other field trip has all this in store for your family. This self-guided field trip features both the Nature Center and select locations in the Historic Village.

Please plan ahead for 2 – 4 hours onsite. After your visit, stop by the Flint Hill store and take home some maple syrup or maple cotton candy!

Add on a pancake breakfast

Fuel up for a day of outdoor adventuring by adding on a delectable pancake breakfast in our Meeting Center Dining Room!  

Please note: admission tickets for the Homeschool Family Field Trip Day programming and the pancake breakfast must be purchased separately. 

Visit the sugar house

Visit our modern-day Sugar House to see the evaporator in action, learn how much sap it takes to make one gallon of maple syrup, smell the sweet bubbling sap as it boils down into thick sugary syrup, and more. 

Explore the sugar bush

Journey to the 19th century to see the techniques and tools that early settlers used to collect sap and make maple sugar! Explore the sugar bush and surrounding trails, where you will learn from costumed historic interpreters how clear sap was boiled down into thick maple syrup and hardened into maple sugar.

Venture into the Historic Village

Meander in and out of historic homes around the Village and explore 19th-century uses for maple syrup and sugar – and even sample some historic “receipts,” called recipes, today! 

Ticket Information

Homeschool Field Trip Day Programming

Homeschool Student: $10 

Adult: $12

Kids 3 and under: FREE  


Pancake Breakfast 

Homeschool Student: $10 

Adult: $12


Do Museum Members need to purchase tickets to attend this event?

Yes. Because this is an educational event, Museum Members do need to purchase tickets to attend this Homeschool Day. 

Is there ample parking?

Parking is free and plentiful! Park in any of the main lots at the front of the Museum. Please leave the first two bays available for handicapped parking. 

Where do I check in?

Check-in will be held inside the Meeting Center Lounge (to the immediate right of admissions). Go through the white double-doors, and a staff member will be right there to check you in for the program AND for breakfast (if you purchased tickets for breakfast). 

Is the breakfast included in the program ticket?

No. In order to eat the pancake breakfast, you will need to purchase a ticket (separate purchase is required). 

When should I check in for my breakfast seating?

You should check in for your breakfast seating no later than the time your seating starts. 

How do I show my purchased tickets?

Please have your ticket(s) either printed out OR pulled up on your phone screen and ready for scanning for quick and easy check-in. Pro-tip: take a screenshot of each of your tickets to have ready and pulled up on your phone screen! Please note: Wifi can sometimes be spotty at the front of the Museum. 

is this event rain or shine?

Yes! This event is rain or shine. The Museum will only cancel in case of a severe weather emergency.

How should I dress?

Please dress for the predicted weather conditions and wear comfortable footwear for walking. Paths through the Historic Village are made of crushed gravel or bricks and can be uneven. 

Is this a guided tour?

No, this is not a guided program. You will be self-guiding throughout the Historic Village and Nature Center.

Are service animals welcome?

Yes! Leashed service animals are welcome with proper identification.

Are courtesy passes valid for this event?

No, courtesy passes are not valid for this event and will not be accepted. 

What if I need a refund for my ticket?

We’re sorry to hear that you’re not able to attend! Tickets may be refunded only up to 7 days prior to the event date and are strictly non-transferable by date, entry time, or program. 

Will tickets be available onsite?

Tickets for this event may be purchased onsite, only if available. Check the ticket page day-of to see the status of available tickets. 

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