Educators Resources

Educational Resources


General Information:

Tour and School Groups
Tour groups are welcome at Island Farm. School groups, non-profit groups, and professionally guided tours are admitted at a reduced rate of $6 (this fee also includes sales and use tax) provided the group has 15 or more visitors. Arrangements must be made at least 3-weeks in advance with the site managers. Tours are self-guided except for school groups.

Prior to the tour, each person must sign a liability statement (known as a sign-in sheet) with his or her (legible) signature and full home address. The sheets are kept private and are not used for mailing lists. Sign-up sheets will be mailed to the tour coordinator and must be turned in to the staff person at the entrance gate upon arrival.

Please contact (252) 473-6500 or to make arrangements and discuss fees with the site managers.

Reservations: Please contact Island Farm at (252) 473-6500 or
Reservations must be made at least 3-weeks in advance.

Cancellations: Please contact Island Farm immediately if you must cancel your reservation.

Teachers/Chaperones: One chaperone for every 15 students is recommended. Chaperones are required to stay with their group at all times and are responsible for the conduct and safety of students.

Weather: Programs will proceed rain or shine. If extreme weather prevails, please contact Island Farm.

Picnic lunches are welcomed at the farm. There is a grassy lawn available adjacent to the Visitors Center. Please bring trash bags. Group is responsible for clean-up.

Parking for Buses: Buses may use Buzzy Lane for unloading passengers at the Visitors Center, then continue down the cul-de-sac for parking, making sure not to block  residences. When the group is ready to leave, bus driver would then return to the bus and pick-up passengers at the Visitors Center. Please make sure entry to  Visitors Center parking lot remains clear for other visitors and cars.


Please download the Field Trip Guide and Teaching Packet clicking on the provided link.

Special Programs:

A Farmer’s Life for Me!
K – 2nd Grades • Program Length: 45 minutes
Maximum: 75 Students per program. Cock-a-doodle-do! Join our costumed interpreters and explore an 1850s farm. Visit the Etheridge farmhouse, smell the aroma of breakfast being prepared in the cookhouse, see the farm animals and discover that there was both work and play on an island farm. A visit to Island Farm allows children to engage in many aspects of farm life in the 1850s. Students will visit three interpretive stations–home life, hearth cooking and farm animal tour.

NC Standard Course of Study (Social Studies)
Kindergarten: 1.04, 1.05, 3.02, 5.03, 5.04, 6.03, 7.02
1st grade: 5.01, 6.02, 6.07
2nd grade: 2.03, 3.02, 3.04, 4.03, 5.06, 6.02, 7.01

By the Fruits of Their Labor: Life on an Island Farm
3rd – 12th Grades • Program Length: 70 minutes
Maximum: 120 Students per program Hauling nets and pushing plows! How did the Etheridge family and other Roanoke Islanders thrive on their island farmsteads before the Civil War? Exploring the Etheridge family’s 1850s farmstead, students will discover how people, both freed and enslaved, lived on Roanoke Island. Students will visit four interpretive stations which may include a house tour, enslaved life, hearth cooking, musket firing demonstration, blacksmithing or farm animal tour. Activities vary seasonally.
NC Standard Course of Study (Social Studies)

3rd grade: 2.01, 2.02, 2.03, 4.04, 5.05, 5.06
4th grade: 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, 2.04, 3.01, 3.02, 4.01, 4.02, 5.02, 5.03, 6.01, 6.03, 6.04, 6.05, 7.01, 7.03
5th grade: 1.01, 1.02, 2.08, 3.01, 3.02, 4.01, 4.02, 5.01, 6.01
8th grade: 1.01, 3.04, 3.08, 4.03

Homeschool History Day:

Each April Island Farm hosts a special Homeschool History Day for homeschool groups and families. Please check our website calendar for this year’s event date. If you are unable to attend this program but would like to bring a group, please contact us to make arrangements.