Field Trips: Historic Forestville

Historic Forestville.

Experience a historic Minnesota valley and town site with a rich history that features a well-preserved general store, homestead, and farm buildings from the late-1800s. Explore the history of the inhabitants of this area—from ancient peoples to today’s residents.

Core experience

The Many Facets of Forestville

K-8 (with content adjustments for different grade levels)
Come to Historic Forestville for a curriculum-based, hands-on learning experience. Discover how the Dakota used the land before western expansion, examine how settler-colonists took advantage of the area’s natural resources, explore what pulled these people to Minnesota, experience the economics of a small town store and realize how “big” a small town can be.

Academic standards

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Historic Forestville

21899 County Road 118
Preston, MN 55965
Inside Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park


  • $6 per student, $60 minimum group fee
  • District staff free
  • One free adult per 10 students. Additional chaperones will be invoiced at the same rate as the students.


  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Contact the park office for a form that allows free bus parking.
  • A nearby State Park picnic pavilion can accommodate indoor/outdoor seating for 75.

Tour Mystery Cave

Make reservations with the DNR to visit nearby Mystery Cave State Park, $5 per person.

Scholarships, grants, and subsidies

Apply for scholarships, grants and subsidies, including transportation subsidies.