Education Programming Opportunities
- Two Hour Program $5 Per Child, $3 Per Adult Sponsor 10:00-12:00 (Choose Two Programs)
- Three Hour Program $8 Per Child, $5 Per Adult Sponsor 10:00-1:30 (Choose Three Programs)
Teachers are admitted free. A guided tour of the Harn House is an additional $2 per person following programming.
Students spend time in a turn-of-the-19th century farmhouse experiencing and learning about early Pioneer life. Activities include old fashioned hard work, such as washing clothes and cooking in the kitchen.
Students are given an opportunity to work in both the barn and the garden areas. They will experience life on the farm, as did children 120 years ago. Students will grind corn, muck the stalls, make rope, and when the weather is good, work in the garden.
This program allows students to experience a day in a territorial schoolhouse. Students participate by using slates and reading from the McGuffey Reader. Playground games from the late 1800’s are an option for good weather days.
Between 200 - 300 students come to the Harn Homestead Museum on the Thursday and Friday closest to April 22nd to participate in a variety of hands-on activities. The highlight of the day is the children’s re-enactment of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889. You must make a reservation to attend. The museum will reopen to the public following the event each day from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
For more information call, David Sapper, Education Director at 405-235-4058.
- What does my child need to be prepared for their visit?
Closed toe shoes and clothing appropriate for weather. Programming takes place outside in all weathers so sunscreen, coats, or rain jackets are all a possibility on any given day. Please check the daily weather and choose their clothing accordingly. In addition, students will need a lunch. Depending on the rotation schedule, lunch breaks are from 11:30-12:00 or 12:00-12:30. We have several picnic tables available, but coordinating with teachers and other parents for some picnic blankets is also a great idea!
- What do you do in severe weather situations?
The Harn's storm cellar is still the original from 1904 and, while sound, not adequate for more than 20-30 people. The staff communicates with the schools in anticipation of these weather events. While we try to leave the cancellation decision up to the school staff, we do reserve the right to cancel programming in anticipation of bad weather.
- Is there anything else we should know before we visit?
The museum does not have animals on the property with the exception of a couple of feral cats. And we recommend sturdy lunch boxes that remain stored in our Event Barn or in your vehicle prior to your lunch break because our kitties know what that paper sack means and they are not shy about inspecting it while you are busy with other activities.
Field trip programming is done by reservation only. Most of our teaching staff are volunteers and are only present on the grounds when a field trip has been scheduled. You will have access to buildings and activities that are not usually included with our general admission tour. Watch Facebook and MetroFamily magazine for Spring Break and Summer programming dates as well as our annual Day Camp if your child's school doesn't include us in their field trip rotation.
Our front office staff will not usually be ready to check teachers, students, and parents in until about 9:40 a.m. prior to our 10:00 a.m. opening because we are often outside on the grounds assisting with set-up in anticipation of your visit. We will open the front gate when we are ready for you! We are always very glad you are here!