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Student Wigwam Native American Village

Special Programs

Customized Educational Programs

Want to enhance your experience while at Sauder Village?  Or maybe you are wanting to bring the Sauder Village experience to your classroom.  We can help with that! 

  • The Education Team is able to provide 8 additional programs at the Village or bring up to 6 programs to your location.  Through hands-on activities and interactive learning, we are able to make a more lasting and impactful experience for your students onsite and/or in your classroom.  Like different parts of several programs?  We can customize a program to fit your needs.
  • Our programs meet State Curriculum standards in Social Studies, Science and/or Language Arts.
  • All programs must be booked in advance.  For information, to check availability and to schedule your program today, contact the Education Department at 800-590-9755 or email at

Old fashioned schoolroomBlast From The Past (Classroom and On-Site)

Students step back in time and experience a 1920 classroom.  Whether it’s presenting classroom rules, giving math instruction or doing reading and writing with our early 20th century McGuffey Readers books, our costumed teacher will give your students the opportunity to learn much as our ancestors did at the turn of the century.  All students will receive a copy book for their lessons and also to take home as a memento of their day.


ohio wig-wamNatives & Newcomers (Classroom & On-site)

Join us as we explore the history of Ohio at the time of statehood (1803).  When hosting in your classroom/school, our interpreter comes dressed in woodland Native American clothing.  They will also have a wigwam and trade goods.  Students will have the opportunity to sit in and around the wigwam as they learn about daily life of the Native Americans and European fur traders that first settled these lands.  They will also be able to learn about traditional foods, farming techniques and explore the concept and practice of trade.  If time allows within the program, students may also help make a traditional cordage bracelet to take home.  



Historic Artifact mysteryHistory’s Mysteries (Classroom & On-site)

Put on your best detective hat for this program as students learn how historians do their jobs uncovering history’s mysteries.  Students will be given artifacts and will need to use their best deductive skills to decide what the item is, what it does and why it is so important.  This program pushes students to employ scientific inquiry in creating a hypothesis, researching the items and then reporting on what they have found.  This program gives students the opportunity to see, touch and experience a number of items not usually on display to the general public.


Field trip at Sauder VillageLife of Leisure (Classroom & On-site)

Want your students to experience the latest in playful technology circa the 1900s?  Through this program, students get up and move while learning about games and activities of the past.  They will get to roll hoops, play ‘games of graces’ as well as traditional favorites such as Simon Says, Red Rover and more.



butter churning activityUdder to Butter (Classroom & On-site)

Ever wonder where butter comes from?  In this interactive program, learn about the multi-layered processes from grazing, to milking, to separating, to churning and finally butter.  Get an in-depth look at curds, whey, buttermilk, whole milk and everything in between.  If time allows, students have the opportunity to make their own tasty butter to eat.



Native American Planting activityA-Maize-ing Corn (Classroom & On-site)

With corn being the biggest crop in America, there is so much to learn.  Students will be introduced to the history of corn in North America.  They will start off with the Native Americans and move all the way up to the present.  You will explore the life cycle of corn, discuss the variety of products made from corn and even play some “corny” games.  If time allows, students may have the opportunity to sprout a corn kernel.



My Day Program - hands-on activityLivin' The Life: My Day Program (On-site Only)

This in-depth experience allows students to immerse themselves in 1920s Ohio rural life.  You will have the opportunity to rotate through Blast from the Past, the 1920s Grime Homestead, the 1920s Grime Barnyard and Life of Leisure.  Cost is $13.00 per person and includes all supplies.


Pioneer life demoPioneer Life (On-site Only)

This “day in the life” experience covers the life of the early pioneers who settled the Great Black Swamp.  You will explore Pioneer Settlement, rotating through programs in the Lauber Settlement, Log School and Witmer-Roth Home.  Students will try a variety of hands on experiences including packing a wagon, making butter and completing 1840s lessons.  Cost is $13.00 per person and includes all supplies.



Special Program Notes:

  • For Special Programs (other than Livin the Life and Pioneer Life) hosted at Sauder Village, cost is $50 per program and designed for no more than 30 people at a time.
  • For Special Programs scheduled in your classroom/school, cost for Half Day is $125.00 plus mileage.  For half-day bookings, we can repeat a single program up to three times within a four-hour period.
  • For Special Programs scheduled in your classroom/school, cost for Whole Day is $200 plus mileage.  For whole day bookings, we can repeat a single program up to six times within a seven-hour period.
  • For Livin the Life and Pioneer Life, these programs can only be scheduled on Mondays during the regular season (beginning of May through end of October) and into the first few weeks of November.  Programs can be adapted in length from two to four hours, depending on the number of rotations included.  (Minimum of 20 students needed to schedule either of these two programs)

Have an idea for something not on this list?  Let us know and we can create a customized experience for you! Contact Chris Lankenu, Curator of Education, Sauder Village, 1.800.590.9755 ext 3094 or email at