Historical Park Educational Programs

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Tour Options

The Farmers Branch Historical Park has provided almost 30 years of quality educational programming and is happy to offer tours, activities, and educational opportunities to all groups!

We offer programs for public, private, home school, and special needs groups as well as organizations, businesses, and civic leagues. Through guided living history, students become active participants in learning about the past. Tours focus on learning through interactive activities and discussion and can be tailored to meet your needs. All tours are aligned with the TEKS standards and core curriculum guidelines.

A teacher from Coppell ISD recently described our tours: "We always enjoy the rotations every year! The volunteers are wonderful in sharing their passion and knowledge of life long ago. They are patient with our little ones, especially those with special needs. They stick to 20 minute rotations, which are perfect for short attention spans and they provide as much "hands on" as possible in learning."

First Fridays

10 am - Noon

Bring your little one, ages 3 - 6, on a trip through time at the Farmers Branch Historical Park! Join us on the First Friday of the month from 10 am to Noon to partake in educational activities, crafts and a snack with different themes each month.

Registration is encouraged with a participation fee of $2 per person.

Farmers Branch Historical Park

First Fridays - October - Magnificent Monarchs

Friday, October  from 10 am - 12 pm

Ages 3 - 6
Fee: $2 per person; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Enjoy an educational lesson and hands-on activity/craft every first Friday of the month. Strap on your butterfly wings and enter the magical world of Monarchs at the Farmers Branch Historical Park! Learn all about these fascinating creatures with fun activities, and how to help save these beautiful butterflies.

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Farmers Branch Historical Park

Brownie Girl Scout Badge Workshop

Monday, October 8  |  9 – 11 am

Fee: $12 per person includes badge; space is limited and pre-registration required.

Farmers Branch Historical Park Celebrating Community: Communities often celebrate what makes them special. In this badge workshop, find out what your community does to celebrate all the people in it.

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Farmers Branch Historical Park

Junior Girl Scout Badge Workshop

Monday, October 8  |  1 – 3 pm 

Fee: $12 per person includes badge; space is limited and pre-registration required.

Farmers Branch Historical Park Social Butterfly: Have you ever found yourself in a group or place where you didn’t know how to act? It happens to everyone. In this badge workshop, have fun practicing the social style and good manners that will make you comfortable in any situation.

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November 2


Discover what you’re thankful for at the
Historical Park! Learn about and participate in Thanksgiving traditions through time at the historic structures throughout the Park.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, November 20 from 10 am – 12 pm

Fee: $2 per person/$5 per person for VIP experience (begins at 9:30 am, arrive by 9:15 am)
$12 per Junior Girl Scout (includes badge and program fee) at 10 am with registration opening at 9:45 am
The event is non-refundable, space is limited and pre-registration required.

Celebrate Thanksgiving in pioneer spirit! Sit in on a lesson at the School House, make old-fashioned crafts, participate in tasks essential to daily life in early Farmers Branch and discover what you’re thankful for. Junior Girl Scout badge, Playing the Past, is also available for individual scouts and troops. Meet badge requirements while seeing history through the eyes of a pioneer girl and learning how girls of the past lived, worked and played.

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Farmers Branch and Word War I

November 6 – January 6.

100th Anniversary of the end of World War I exhibit on display in the lobby of City Hall. Be sure to check out the exhibit again in December to see newly added elements of the 1914 Christmas Truce on the Western Front.

Veterans exhibit at the Senior Center on display during October and November.

December 7


‘Tis the Season! Enjoy a holiday filled morning.

Girl Scout Badge Workshops

Ongoing and can be scheduled by calling 972.406.0184

Fee: $12 per scout (Badge included)

The Historical Park is pleased to offer the following Girl Scout badges:

Daisy – outdoor Art Creator
Brownie – Art Maker, Celebrating Community and Pets
Junior – Gardener, Flowers, outdoor Art Explorer, Playing the Past and Social Butterfly
Cadets – outdoor Art Apprentice 

The Historical Park offers hands on tours for groups of all sizes, although large groups may have to be accommodated on two different days. Generally, hands on tours are given Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday throughout the year. Our tours consist of an orientation in the historic church, followed by guided visits to many of our historic buildings and areas. Guests can chose from the following. Generally we recommend one station per class or per 20 students:

  • 1840s Peters Colony Land Grant Office and 1840s Texas Log House: visit a local homestead and land grant office during the Republic of Texas era
  • Garden: volunteers from the Dallas County Master Gardeners Association help students explore our garden and pick vegetables, plant seeds, turn soil, compost, water the plants, and learn about herbs and early medicines (activities dependent upon season and crops)
  • Dr. Gilbert’s House: groups tour and explore the home of prominent Farmers Branch Citizen, Dr. Samuel Gilbert, learning about medicine in 1872, dogtrot homes, and the community of Farmers Branch
  • Queen Anne Victorian Cottage: groups tour the Park’s most beautiful building, an 1885 Victorian Cottage, and learn about Victorian architecture, customs, and more
  • 1900s One Room School House: students enroll in the original Farmers Branch School House and take a lesson with a teacher from that era
  • 1920s General Store: explore a store from nearly 100 years ago through scavenger hunts, grocery lists, and hands on activities (nothing in this area is for sale, but you are welcome to visit our gift shop after your tour)
  • Victorian Toys and Games: open a Victorian toy chest and play with wooden, fabric, and string toys enjoyed by children generations ago
  • 1877 Train Depot and 1890s Caboose: learn about the history of transportation and communication by touring the historic Farmers Branch depot and caboose
  • 1936 Texaco Service Station: tour an early gas station and learn about our 1936 Cab Over Engine Ford truck

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reserve a tour?
Please contact the Historical Park by email or call 972.406.0184 to reserve a tour of the Historical Park. You’ll need to know which dates you’d like to visit, how many will be attending, which areas you’d like to tour, and when you will be visiting the park.

What does a tour cost?

Tours are free for schools located within the City of Farmers Branch or in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Schools located outside the city limits or in another district are charged $3.00 per student, teacher and chaperone for guided tours of the Historical Park.

What about lunch?

We recommend that you bring a packed lunch. The Historical Park does not sell concessions, but we do have a number of picnic areas scattered throughout the Park and numerous trash cans. Please leave any trash in the bins and bags provided and Park staff will dispose of them after you depart.

Can we stop by the Museum Store?

Yes! The Historical Park has a Museum Store full of historic toys, candies, and other goods. We recommend ordering pre-packaged goody bags for your classes which can be picked up before, after, or during your tour for distribution at either the pack, or back in the classroom. The order form is available here. You may also visit the shop after your tour.

How many chaperones should we bring?

The Historical Park requires 1 adult chaperone per 20 students. Additional chaperones are welcome to attend, although space inside the structures is limited and at times they may be asked to wait outside so that the students can participate fully.

How do I connect our tour to my classroom instruction?

There are a variety of worksheets and activities available for you to download or from the Educational Resources tab to the left of this page. Many of these worksheets are correlated with specific spots or themes encountered during your tour, but many others cover basic elements of Texas history, symbols, pioneer life, and the community of Farmers Branch.

How do I prepare my students or group for a tour?
We strongly recommend going over our Guidelines for a Great Tour document with your students and chaperones prior to your visit to the museum.

Is there a tour cancellation policy?

Yes. In the event of poor weather or other circumstances, tours may have to be rescheduled or canceled. Read our full cancellation policy.

Can I tell you about our experience at the Historical Park?

Please do! We’d love to hear about your recent tour or experience at the Historical Park. Please email the Historical Park to let us know how we can change and improve our tours to suit your needs.

Reserve Your Tour

One of our pre-packaged goody bag options. Please contact the Historical Park, by email or call 972.919.8731 to reserve a tour of the Historical Park.