Educational Programs

At Newlin Grist Mill, we offer a wide variety of interdisciplinary hands-on tours, demonstrations, and programs that are adaptable to different curricula, age groups (preschool through high school and beyond), and educator needs. Combine topics in history, technology, nature, or environmental studies for a unique field trip experience designed just for your students. Field trips integrate the special historical and natural resources of Newlin Grist Mill to create important opportunities for learning and fun.

The information on this page can be downloaded as a PDF here: 2023-2024 Educational Programs.

Menu-Based Program:

Our most popular program option is also the most flexible. Teachers choose from our menu of activities to select the activities that will best meet their curriculum needs and field trip goals.

  • Classes are divided into smaller groups of 10-12 students (each group must have at least one teacher or adult chaperone with them)
  • Groups rotate between 25-minute activity stations
  • Up to 5 activities are included in a basic program (approx. 2.5 hours) – larger groups may need to add additional activities

Basic Activities:

    • Grist Mill Tour
      • For grades 5 and above, we recommend splitting the tour into 2 activities:
        • Mechanics of the Mill
        • Miller’s Apprentice
    • Blacksmith Shop Demonstration
    • Historic Water System Walk
    • 18th-Century Toys & Games
    • Sandcasting Activity
    • Millwright Shop Demonstration
    • Outdoor Classroom Explorations:
      • Meadow Habitat Exploration
      • Forest Habitat Exploration
      • Frog Pond Exploration – Please note – the Frog Pond will NOT be available for programs during the 2023-2024 school year due to silt remediation, but we are happy to discuss alternative activities with you!
      • Native Pollinator Garden Exploration
    • Seasonal Nature Walk
    • Habitat Hike
    • Native Wildlife (live animals)
    • Storytime (choose a theme)
      • Toad
      • Snake
      • Turtle
      • Bird
      • Insects

Add-on Activities:

  • Hearth Cooking: $3 per student
  • Candle-making: $3 per student
  • Hayride: $2.50 per person (including adults)

Stand-Alone Programs:

For smaller classes, after-school clubs, homeschool groups, and scout troops, a stand-alone program may be preferred. Newlin Grist Mill’s staff is happy to work with teachers and leaders to choose a program that best fits your needs!

  • History Experiences (2 hours)
    • Archaeology Adventure
    • Millwright’s Apprentice
    • Colonial Cooking
  • Nature Experiences (1 hour)
    • Birds
    • Habitats
    • Prehistoric Newlin Walk
    • Letterboxing
    • Seasonal Scavenger Hunt
    • Stream Study
    • Trees
  • Storytime (1 hour)
    • Toad/Frog Pond Exploration
    • Snake/Forest Exploration
    • Turtle/Forest Exploration
    • Birds/Bird Walk
    • Seasons/Scavenger Hunt
    • Insects/Native Pollinator Garden Exploration


  • Menu-Based Program:
    • Up to five basic activities, $7 per student.
    • Additional activities, $1.50 per student per activity (unless activity has a stated add-on fee)
  • Stand-Alone Programs: $7 per student
  • 1 adult per 10 children admitted free
    • 1 adult per 10 children is required
    • No more than 2-3 adults per 10 children is recommended, except when medical staff or one-on-one aides are necessary
  • Group program minimum fee: $50. Smaller groups are welcome and will be charged a flat $50 if they don’t meet the minimum.
  • A $50 deposit is required upon booking for non-school groups (e.g., scouts, daycare, homeschool, church groups, etc.) – the deposit amount will be deducted from your final program total

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the activities listed are available based on staff/volunteer availability and cannot be guaranteed until the program is scheduled with the Programs Manager. 


Laura Adie
Programs & Administration Manager

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