Historic Oak View Public Programs

Staff member delivering a public tour to a group of visitors inside the 1825 detached kitchen

Historic Oak View County Park offers programs covering history, nature, and recreational topics.  Public programs are open for registration to the general public.

Register for a Public Program

You may register for several of Oak View's upcoming programs or camps online. Select the link to register for the program of your choice.

Take a Self-Guided Mobile Tour

Visitors to Historic Oak View County Park can tour the park on their mobile phones free of charge at their own pace. The tour will share information about each of the historic structures on the grounds and provide a historical context for more than 200 years of Oak View's history. Additionally, the tour will offer stories about the people and families who made their homes and livelihoods here.

Go on a StoryWalk®

Storywalk graphic at Oak View

Take a StoryWalk® at Oak View! A StoryWalk® is a children’s book that is presented page by page along a trail or path. It combines the pleasures of reading a children's book while enjoying nature.

 

Cover of the September StoryWalk at Oak View

From September 1-30, Oak View's brick walkways will feature the illustrated children's book "Drawn Together" by Minh Lê (author) and Dan Santat (illustrator). Powerful text and luminous illustrations tell the story of a young boy and his grandfather who find a common language in their shared love of art and storytelling.

StoryWalk® at Oak View is free, requires no advanced registration, and is open during the park's normal hours of operation. Prepare for your visit with the Oak View StoryWalk® Social Narrative.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

 

More Self-Guided Activities

Historic Oak View County Park also offers several activities for small groups or families, which can be "checked out" in the Farm History Center (our visitors' center). Ask any staff member about how to check out one of these fun activities!

The Oak View Letterbox Challenge is great for kids 4th grade and up (adults will find it fun too!). Get to know the park and its history as you follow clues to collect stamps found in letterboxes located throughout the grounds.

The Oak View Scavenger Hunt is a great self-guided activity for kids. Stop by the Farm History Center to pick up a scavenger hunt and then learn all about Oak View while searching for answers to the clues. 

The Adventure Backpack Series are individual backpacks full of fun self-guided programs on different topics related to Oak View. Check one out by stopping by the Farm History Center during regular business hours. Choose from the following offerings:

  • The Goats at Night Backpack is a preschool-friendly activity that shows kids what the goats do at night. They will cook a meal in the Farmer's Corner, water the herb garden, and sing songs in the amphitheater.
  • The Antebellum Era Backpack features interactive activities and an instructional guide to provide families with fun ways to learn about the Antebellum Era. Created for 3rd-5th graders, children will learn about architecture, slavery, education, fashions and pastimes through roleplaying, crafts, games and educational projects.
  • The Civil War Era Backpack allows kids to be enlisted soldiers for the day, learning about Morse code, army movements, soldiers' games, medicine and more! Great for 3rd-5th graders.
  • The America's Farmer Presidents Backpack is geared toward 3rd-5th graders and explores how farming was important to many U.S. presidents. Kids can design a campaign button, take a tour of the White House, and meet a former White House pet!
  • The All About Bugs Backpack is great for elementary-aged children. Visit the buildings and gardens around the park and complete hands-on activities that teach you about insects and their friends and how they help out on the farm!
  • The From Field to Fiber: The Story of Cotton Backpack invites elementary-aged kids to learn all about the history of cotton through hands-on activities such as feeling real cotton straight from the cotton field, turning cotton sliver into thread, and learning about different figures important to the history of cotton.
  • The B.W.'s Kid Curator Backpack is a great way to discover what makes a museum (like Oak View) a museum, and who decides what to exhibit and how. The backpack includes lots of activities to learn how to be a curator and also includes a workbook that you keep at the end of your activity. Created for upper elementary-middle school students.
  • The Watching the Weather Backpack invites kids to learn about weather tools and instruments, create their own weather forecast, and even play with a "pet" tornado! Created for kindergarten to 3rd grade students, this backpack is a great way introduce kids to the elements that make up the weather.

Everyone's Welcome

Historic Oak View County Park welcomes all visitors and affirms its commitment to offering programs and services that are accessible to everyone. We will make every effort to ensure that visitors of all abilities are fully included in all our programs and facilities. Check back regularly to see what new opportunities become available!

For questions about our accessibility resources or how we may best meet your needs in any of our programs, please contact Abby Kellerman, assistant park manager of education, at 919-212-7695 or [email protected].