School Programs

For Teachers: Our School Programs

Mabee Farm is the Capital Region’s destination for hands-on history. Students explore themes of early American life on the farm, teamwork, and technology on a field trip to the oldest working farm in the Mohawk Valley!

Our history programs meet the New York State learning standards for social studies education and appeal to multiple learning styles through hands-on participation, inquiry-discussion, and sensory stimulation.

We offer a variety of programs for you and your students to choose from. If you are interested in booking a program, contact us at 518-887-5073 or email our Educator.

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School Programs at the Mabee Farm Historic Site
Life on the Farm Grade Levels: K – 8th Students will experience first hand what life was like on the edge of the wilderness in the 1700s. A visit to the Mabee Farm is a lifelong memory for students that provides a structured and hands-on day of learning. This program is specifically tailored to meet the NYS curricula of 4th grade and 7th grade, but is open to students of all ages. Life on the Farm Pre/Post Visit Packet History Mysteries: Exploring the Lives of the Colonial Mabees Grade Levels: 6th – 12th Examining primary source documents, artifacts, and historic architecture, students will learn to think like a curator and piece together the story of the first Mabee Family. History Mysteries Teacher Packet – History Mysteries Student Packet – History Mysteries Chaperone Packet Moving the Mohawk: Transportation Through The Years Grade Levels: K – 8th  Surrounded by the Mohawk River, the Erie Canal, railways, and the NY State Thruway, Mabee Farm’s placement at the gateway to the west is the perfect location to explore the impact of transportation on our nation’s history.
School Programs at the Schenectady County History Museum and the Grems-Doolittle Library

Early Schenectady: Our Colonial Beginnings
Grade levels: 2nd – 12th
Students will explore Schenectady’s beginnings, learning about the importance of the fur trade to the community, comparing a colonial map and a modern map, encountering artists’ depictions of Schenectady’s early settlement, seeing an original 1670 land agreement between the Mohawks and Dutch settlers, and taking a walking tour of the Stockade neighborhood.

A Mule Named Sal: The Erie Canal in Schenectady
Grade levels: 2nd – 6th
This field trip focuses on the nineteenth century in Schenectady, exploring the technology of the Erie Canal and how it transformed transportation, businesses, and daily life in the community. Students compare historic photos of the canal to modern images, see original artifacts from the lock system, and learn a song about life on the Erie Canal.

The Electric City: Industrialization and Immigration, 1880-1920
Grade levels: 7th – 12th 
Students learn about the industries that drew over 75,000 people to Schenectady in the period between 1880 and 1920. Through primary source documents, photographs, art, and artifacts, students discover the ethnic groups that contributed to Schenectady’s growth and redefined the city’s culture, neighborhoods, businesses, and politics.