School Programs

For Teachers: Our School Programs


Each year, thousands of school children visit the Mabee Farm for exciting hands-on history programs. Explore with your students 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.

Click Here to download the SCHS School Programs Brochure

Mabee Farm Historic Site

Colonial Kids: The Life of Abraham and Maria Mabee
Grade Levels: K – 5th
How different was life for the Mabees in the Colonial Era? Students will explore the lives of two of the Mabee children who moved with their parents from Schenectady to the Woestina in the early 18th Century.

Colonial Kids 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

The Apprentice: Colonial Trades and Professions
Grade Levels: 2nd – 8th
How well can you cook, blacksmith, weave, and farm? From a young age, the Mabees chose their trade. Visit the Farm to try your hand as an apprentice in several of the professions available to the early Mabee family.

2nd Grade – 4th Grade: The Apprentice Elementary Teacher Packet – The Apprentice Elementary Student Packet – The Apprentice Chaperone Packet

5th Grade – 8th Grade:The Apprentice Intermediate Teacher Packet – The Apprentice Student Packet – The Apprentice Chaperone Packet

Mabee Farm Teacher’s Tour
Open to all school or homeschool faculty or staff
Teachers and administrators will receive a behind the scenes look at the Mabee Farm Historic Site. The workshop will include a guided tour of the historic buildings, access to the site’s rotating exhibits, and a consultation with the Educator to build the perfect school program for each classroom.

Moving the Mohawk: Transportation Through The Years
Grade Levels: 4th – 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.

Schenectady County History Museum & The Grems-Doolittle Library & Archives

Early Schenectady: Our Colonial Beginnings
Grade levels: 2nd – 4th
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 – 4th
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.

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