Field Trip Activities

We welcome school groups and home school groups to Newlin Grist Mill for field trips. We offer a wide variety of interdisciplinary hands-on tours, demonstrations, and programs that are adaptable to different curriculum, age groups (preschool through high school), and educator needs. Combine topics in history, technology, nature, and environmental studies for a unique field trip experience designed just for your students. All field trip activities are aligned with Pennsylvania educational standards in history, science and technology, biological and physical sciences, ecology, and watersheds and wetlands. Field trips integrate the unique historical and natural resources at Newlin Grist Mill to create unique opportunities for learning and fun. See below for the field trip activities you can choose from.


Depending on group size and length available for a field trip, teachers should choose between four to six different activities that meet their teaching and curriculum needs. Call 610.459.2359 or email to schedule and for pricing.


Backpack Programs

Students become real-life scientists with our hands-on environmental Backpack Program. The program is designed to inspire students to become actively engaged through inquiry-based learning and citizen science in our 160-acre outdoor classroom.  Whether they are dip netting for macroinvertebrates in Chester Creek, searching for Monarch butterfly caterpillars in our fields, learning how to tell a bull frog tadpole from a green frog tadpole at the frog pond, or helping us find signs of woodpeckers in the Beech Forest, your students will gain a deeper understanding of environmental topics and practical skills that they can use in all areas of their education.  All backpack programs are designed to run outdoors and are written to meet PA state education standards. Click here for more information.  PreK - 2nd grade

Mill Tours

Students will take a guided tour through the 1704 grist mill and experience the power of water, learn about the history of technology and simple machines, and see how corn is transformed into corn meal. Students will also be able to try their hand at sifting and compare the differences between mill-ground and hand-ground corn. PreK - High school


Miller’s House Tours

Tours of the miller’s house focus on every day colonial life. In the 1739 historic structure, students can compare and contrast their lives today with the lives of the miller and his family. PreK - High school


Blacksmith Shop Demonstrations

Students visit the operating blacksmith shop and see a demonstration of how blacksmiths plied their trade. The blacksmith will discuss the kinds of objects made in the shop and talk about the role of the blacksmith shop in colonial America. All groups will take home an S-hook for their classrooms. PreK - High school


Historic Cooking

The two main ways to cook in colonial America were over an open hearth or in a bake oven. In this program, students learn about both cooking methods and use historic recipes to make a delicious snack to take home with them at the end of the day. Peanut and dairy products may be used in this program, please disclose any food allergies upon registration. 2nd grade - 5th grade


Story Time Field Trips

Using interactive storytelling techniques, story programs combine books, music, finger plays, movement activities and more. Story programs are designed to engage and challenge children in preschool and kindergarten with topics in both history and nature. PreK and K


Pond Life Study

Students visit the frog pond to explore the plants and animals that call the pond home. Using dip nets, students will explore the different parts of the pond and discover frogs, tadpoles, snails, and crayfish while learning about aquatic habitats, species diversity, and the importance of water. PreK - 5th grade


Hay Rides

Enjoy a hayride around the 160-acres grounds of Newlin Grist Mill. Possibly spot wild animals such as hawks, deer, and fox. This is the perfect addition to complement any program or tour. PreK - High school


Habitat Hike

This nature hike immerses students in a series of different habitat types, where they will use scientific observation skills to discover differences between habitats and learn how habitats change over time. 1st grade - 5th grade


Seasonal Nature Hikes

Seasonal nature hikes engage students in active observation of the natural world around them. Students explore the park by focusing on environmental changes related to the seasons in the plants, birds, insects, and other animals throughout the park. PreK - 5th grade


Water System Walking Tour

This one mile walking tour teaches students how the water system of the mill operates. It focuses on importance of topography and surveying land, changing the landscape into a machine, and how the headrace of the mill operates. 3rd grade - High school

Message to Our Community


In light of current conditions, Newlin Grist Mill continues to be closed as follows:

  • The NGM Visitor Center, Archive, Blacksmith Shop, Millwright Shop, and public restrooms remain closed;

  • All tours, programs and events have been postponed or cancelled during this period;

  • Pond Fishing will remain closed until further notice;

  • Rentals are being cancelled for this period of time;

  • There will be no Volunteer Wednesday Workdays;

  • The trails will remain open, but parking is limited; and we ask that everyone be mindful of social distancing when on the property.

Decisions concerning additional closings will follow based on the developing situation. Please check back for updates.

While the trails at Newlin Grist Mill remain accessible while the site is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do want to remind everyone of a few things:

  • Continue to observe proper social distancing when you are on the trails. If you are ill or have been around anyone who is ill or has been exposed to the virus, please remain at home. If you arrive and find that the parking lot is crowded, please postpone your visit to another time.  

  • Please remember that all dogs must be on a leash that is held securely by the owner at all times. This is a township law, and it is to protect the health and safety of all park visitors (human and canine) and the wildlife in the park.

  • The park contains unique habitats that are home to sensitive plants and animals, some of which are being monitored through ongoing scientific surveys.  Please stay on the trails to avoid disturbances (wading, dip netting, collecting, rock throwing etc.) that could damage wildlife and vegetation. 

  • Remember that collecting of any kind, including plants and animals, is prohibited in the park.

We appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging time.

Newlin Grist Mill   l  219 South Cheyney Road   l  Glen Mills, PA 19342   l   610.459.2359   l   © Copyright 2014-2015 Newlin Grist Mill. All rights reserved.