Tours and Field Trips
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Regularly Scheduled Tours

From time to time, Kinstone offers a regular schedule of guided tours. This season we do not have any regularly scheduled tours. Please check back here to see what is planned for the 2019 season.

Note: When tours are offered, reservations will be required. A link will be provided for tour sign-ups and all participants are required to register and pay for the tour at least 1 day in advance (no later than noon on the day before the tour). If there are children attending a tour, each child must walk with a designated responsible adult at all times.

There are no refunds! Participants that cancel for any reason or those who do not show up at the scheduled tour start time shall receive no refund. Kinstone is not responsible for scheduled tours that cannot be held due to extreme weather or acts of God.

If the minimum participation is not reached, tours will be cancelled by Kinstone. In the case of cancellation by Kinstone for any reason other than severe weather or acts of God, any person that has signed up and paid for the tour shall receive notification of cancellation via email or phone at least 12 hours prior to the scheduled tour start time and a full refund of any tour costs paid will be made within 2 business days of the cancellation. Minimum participants: 5  Maximum Participants: 30.

Private Tours / Group Tours

Privately Guided Tours and/or Group Tours must be arranged by prior appointment. These are generally intended for families and/or groups of adults. Tours may be scheduled any day of the week between the hours of 9am and 6pm.  Submit an inquiry through our Contact Us link to make arrangements or call our office at 608-687-3332. School groups and other children’s groups (e.g. 4-H clubs, Boy Scouts clubs, Girl Scouts clubs, home-school groups, summer kids program groups, etc) are directed to see the Field Trips section at the bottom of this page.

There are two types of Private Tour / Group Tour experiences offered. For more details, please click on the options that interest you. And don’t forget to review the Cancellation Policy as well. Thank you!

Experience 1: Walking Tour (1.5+ hours). The group meets the tour guide at the Education Building. Everyone walks together to the various features on the selected Walking Tour and the guide talks along the way. See below for the Walking Tour options. At each stop the guide talks about the feature in more detail. This option requires that the participants are able to walk the distance and terrain that the tour covers. If there are children attending the tour, each child must be walk with a designated responsible adult at all times. Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes, dress for the weather, bring their own sunscreen, insect repellent, umbrellas for shade or rain, and a water bottle. Maximum number of participants: 30.

Walking Tours are about 90 minutes long. Choose from the following options:

  1. Walking Tour Option 1: Chapel, Stone Circle, The Three Witnesses
  2. Walking Tour Option 2: Dragon’s Keep, Chapel, Stone Circle
  3. Walking Tour Option 3: The Three Witnesses, Basin Rock, Stargazer Circle, Stone Circle
  4. Walking Tour Option 4: The Family & the Traveler, Circle of Mystery, Dolmen, Serpent, The Three Witnesses
  5. Walking Tour Option 5: Stone Circle, Atlas & Lancelot, Energy Stones, Labyrinth
  6. Option 6 – Custom Walking Tour: specific features may be selected and a custom tour may be prepared by prior arrangement

The cost for any Private Tour or Group Tour is based on number of persons in the tour as follows:

  • 1 – 5 persons:  $75
  • 6 – 10 persons: $50 plus $5/person
  • 11 – 25 persons:  $25 plus $5/person
  • 26 – 60 persons: $6/person

In all cases, arrangements and payment must be made by one designated contact person (i.e. the client). Arrangements must be made at least 1 week in advance and a $20 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm and hold the reservation. Since the cost of the Tour includes the general admission fee for each person, all tour participants may explore Kinstone on their own after the tour concludes. Tours are scheduled based on Kinstone staff availability and the availability of the calendar date requested. All events, including Private Tours and Group Tours, are scheduled on a first come basis.

Experience 2: Presentation & Virtual Tour (1.5+ hours). The group meets the tour guide at the Education Building. Everyone goes inside and has a seat. The tour guide provides a 45 – 60 minute presentation that includes slides with photographs that tell a bit of the story of Kinstone and its history. There is also a “virtual tour” portion included with photographs of the major features at Kinstone and the presenter tells a bit of detail about each one shown. After the presentation is complete and questions have been entertained, the group may go out and walk, as they are able, to visit the features they may wish to see in person. This free-time portion may be up to an hour depending on the time commitments of the group. Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes, dress for the weather, bring their own sunscreen, insect repellent, umbrellas for shade or rain, and a water bottle. Maximum number of participants: 60.


The cost for any Private Tour or Group Tour is based on number of persons in the tour as follows:

  • 1 – 5 persons:  $75
  • 6 – 10 persons: $50 plus $5/person
  • 11 – 25 persons:  $25 plus $5/person
  • 26 – 60 persons: $6/person

In all cases, arrangements and payment must be made by one designated contact person (i.e. the client). Arrangements must be made at least 1 week in advance and a $20 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm and hold the reservation. Since the cost of the Tour includes the general admission fee for each person, all tour participants may explore Kinstone on their own after the tour concludes. Tours are scheduled based on Kinstone staff availability and the availability of the calendar date requested. All events, including Private Tours and Group Tours, are scheduled on a first come basis.

There are no refunds! If the tour reservation is cancelled by the client for any reason, no refunds of deposits paid will be provided. Kinstone is not responsible and will provide no refund for tours that cannot be held due to severe weather or acts of God. If a Walking Tour is scheduled and severe weather prevents outdoor participation, the Presentation & Virtual Tour option will be offered instead at the same time as the original reservation was scheduled. If Kinstone cancels the reservation for any reason other than severe weather or acts of God, a full refund of any deposits paid will be made within 2 business days of the cancellation.

Field Trips / School Groups

Kinstone provides school-age field trip experiences at a very reasonable cost. These Field Trips are intended for school groups from pre-K through 12th grade and other children’s groups (e.g. 4-H clubs, Boy Scouts clubs, Girl Scouts clubs, home-school groups, summer kids program groups, summer kids camps, etc). If you are interested in a unique, fun, educational field trip for your children’s learning group this may be exactly what you are looking for. Our Field Trip Experiences are firmly rooted in our natural building, homesteading and permaculture practices. Field Trips must be arranged by prior appointment. Submit an inquiry via email through our Contact Us link to make arrangements or call our office at 608-687-3332. Field Trips may be scheduled on weekdays (Monday through Friday) between the hours of 9am and 2pm.

There are two types of Field Trip Experiences offered. For more details, please click on the options that interest you. And don’t forget to review the Cancellation Policy as well. Thank you!

Field Trip Experience 1: Walk-About (1.5+ hours). The group meets the tour guide at the Education Building. Everyone walks together to the various features for the selected Field Trip Walk-About and the guide talks along the way. See below for Field Trip Walk-About options. At each stop the guide provides more detailed information about the feature. This option requires that the Field Trip participants are able to walk the distance and terrain that the walk covers. Field Trip participants should wear sturdy walking shoes, dress for the weather, bring their own sunscreen, insect repellent, umbrellas for shade or rain, and a water bottle.  IMPORTANT: Every group must provide an appropriate number of responsible adults to supervise children; see the table below for suggested ratios of adults to children while visiting Kinstone. Maximum number of participants: 30 children plus the appropriate number of responsible adults.

Walk-About Field Trips are about 90 minutes long. Choose from the following Walk-About options:

  1. Walk-About Option 1: Permaculture basics at Kinstone; includes cob oven, solar dehydrator, raised garden beds, compost bins, terraces, food forest, animals in the barnyard (minimal walking)
  2. Walk-About Option 2: Natural buildings at Kinstone; includes thatched, cordwood chapel, living roof/cordwood visitors center, cordwood sauna, and light straw-clay cabin (lots of walking)
  3. Walk-About Option 3: Geological Exploration; includes visiting various stone features at Kinstone to examine several types of granite, gneiss, limestone, sandstone, and tillite (moderate amount of walking)
  4. Walk-About Option 4: Prairie, Pines and Oak Savanna; includes a walk through our prairie planting, pine woods, oak savanna and around our pond with discussion of the related ecosystems (lots of walking)
  5. Custom Walk-About: specific features may be selected and a custom field trip may be prepared by prior arrangement.

The cost is the same for all options described above and is based on the number of persons in the Field Trip group as follows:

  • 1 – 20 children + adults:  $75
  • 21 – 30 children + adults: $100
  • 31 – 45 children + adults:  $125
  • 46 – 60 children + adults: $150

In all cases, arrangements and payment must be made by one designated contact person (i.e. the client). Arrangements must be made at least one (1) week in advance and require a $20 non-refundable deposit to confirm and hold the reservation. Field Trips are scheduled subject to Kinstone staff availability and the availability of the calendar date requested. All events, including Field Trips, are scheduled on a first come basis.


Suggested Ratios of Adults to Children for Groups of Children at Kinstone, listed by age:

  • 0 – 2 years old: 1 adult to 3 children.
  • 2 – 3 years old: 1 adult to 4 children.
  • 4 – 8 years old: 1 adult to 6 children.
  • 9 – 13 years old: 1 adult to 8 children.
  • 14-18 years old: 1 adult to 10 children.

Field Trip Experience 2: Presentation (1.5+ hours). The group meets the guide at the Education Building. Everyone goes inside and has a seat for a 45-60 minute presentation that includes slides with photographs that tell a bit of the story of Kinstone and its history with regard to the use of permaculture, natural building, appropriate technology, various homesteading topics (gardens, goats, chicken, etc), and diverse ecosystems on the property. The presenter will show slides of and talk generally about various related features at Kinstone including the cob oven, solar dehydrator, compost bins, raised beds gardens, tree & prairie plantings, natural buildings, and animals at Kinstone. After the presentation is complete and questions have been entertained, the group may go out and walk as they are able to see features they may wish to see in person. If there are children in the group, each child must be assigned to and walk with a responsible adult at all times. This free-time portion may be up to one hour depending on the group’s time commitments. Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes, dress for the weather, bring their own sunscreen, insect repellent, umbrellas for shade or rain, and a water bottle if desired. IMPORTANT: Every group must provide an appropriate number of responsible adults to supervise children; see the table below for suggested ratios of adults to children while visiting Kinstone. Maximum number of participants: 50 children plus the appropriate number of responsible adults.


The cost is the same for all options described above and is based on the number of persons in the Field Trip group as follows:

  • 1 – 20 children + adults:  $75
  • 21 – 30 children + adults: $100
  • 31 – 45 children + adults:  $125
  • 46 – 60 children + adults: $150

In all cases, arrangements and payment must be made by one designated contact person (i.e. the client). Arrangements must be made at least one (1) week in advance and require a $20 non-refundable deposit to confirm and hold the reservation. Field Trips are scheduled subject to Kinstone staff availability and the availability of the calendar date requested. All events, including Field Trips, are scheduled on a first come basis.


Suggested Ratios of Adults to Children for Groups of Children at Kinstone, listed by age:

  • 0 – 2 years old: 1 adult to 3 children.
  • 2 – 3 years old: 1 adult to 4 children.
  • 4 – 8 years old: 1 adult to 6 children.
  • 9 – 13 years old: 1 adult to 8 children.
  • 14-18 years old: 1 adult to 10 children.

There are no refunds! If the field trip reservation is cancelled by the client for any reason, no refunds of deposits paid will be provided. Kinstone is not responsible for and will provide no refunds for field trips that cannot be held due to severe weather or acts of God. If a Walk-About Field Trip is scheduled and severe weather prevents outdoor participation, the Presentation option will be offered instead at the same time as the original reservation was scheduled. If Kinstone cancels the reservation for any reason other than severe weather or acts of God, a full refund of any deposits paid will be made within 2 business days of the cancellation.

Questions / Get Started

Please contact Kristine Beck at the Kinstone office to discuss your desire for a private tour or field trip, determine availability and make arrangements. It is best to call early, at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance of your event, as certain dates and weekends do tend to book up quickly. Contact Kristine by submitting an inquiry via email through our Contact Us link with the appropriate subject “Private Tour” or “Field Trip”. Or, you may call the Kinstone office at 608-687-3332; please leave a detailed message if we do not answer the phone as we are often out of the building and out on the property. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Upcoming Events

Nov 07

Kinstone Women’s Circle – November New Moon Gathering

November 7 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Winter Solstice Sunrise Observance

December 21 @ 5:30 AM - 6:15 AM
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