Field Trips


First Capitol field trips are available May through October each year. Reservations can be made year-round.


Reservations should be made at least three weeks before your visit to ensure appropriate staffing. To reserve a date and time, call 608-987-2122 or contact us by email.

Tour Length

Average tour length is approximately 30 minutes.


First Capitol field trips are free of charge.

What’s Included?

In the Council House students will examine the first laws, discuss the fight for the capitol, and learn about early purchases of the territory. In the lodging house students will reimagine Wisconsin as a place of beginnings, dig into the everyday lives of its citizens, and think like a historian with the task of historic building preservation.


A public picnic area is located near First Capitol at Belmont Mound State Park. Please note that no food or drink is available for purchase on site.

Curriculum Standards for Field Trips

First Capitol field trips will enable your students to meet Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies and Science Instruction as provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. See more information about standards in the Chapter 1 Packet.

The printable activity packets below were designed to enhance a visit to First Capitol for elementary school students. If you are unable to visit, we hope you will still be able to use our materials to augment your social studies curriculum. Please feel free to photocopy any part of the packet as necessary.


Educational Activity Packets