School Programs at the Mill
Available Jan.-Feb. only
Grades 2-12 $3.00/student
2 hours, 50 students max
The Ice Harvesting program allows students, accompanied by Museum staff, onto the Mill Pond to harvest ice and then load it in our ice house. Students will learn about the science of ice, and understand why ice harvesting was important to farms and homes in upstate New York in the nineteenth century. This program incorporates the use of historic tools, documents, and other materials from the Museum’s collection. Early booking is recommended because the number of times it can be offered is limited and this program is dependent on weather.
New York State Learning Standards:
- Social Studies—1
- Math, Science, Technology—1,4, 5
COMMON CORE Standards:
- ELA—RI, RF, SL
- Math—OA, MD
To register for this program, contact Kajsa Harley, Education and Curatorial Initiatives Manager.
If you would like to find activities related to the Ice Harvest program and its themes, click the links below:
- Pre-Visit Activities to help prepare for your visit to Hanford Mills Museum:
- Post-Visit Activities to expand your experience after a visit:
- Extra Activities to extend your learning experience:
Try any of these activities even if you don’t plan a visit to Hanford Mills Museum. Used in your classroom or with your family, they are a great way to extend your Hanford Mills Museum learning experience.