There are many learning opportunities here on the farm. Kids love to engage in and inquire about the environment, animals and just enjoy being outside. We host field trips designed for pre K - 8th grade, adjusting the language and task difficulty for each age group to ensure the best experience for your students. Field trip topics are adjustable for a variety of subject matters surrounding topics including but not limited to animals and animal habitat, how we care for the animals – we focus on the 5 domains of animal wellbeing for this, growing your own food as well as a variety of environmental topics, and other things that go into maintaining the farm.
General pricing for field trips is $10/child. If your school or students need financial assistance, please let us know as we have some scholarship opportunities.
Hayrides – $20 per ride additional
Pony rides $5/5 min./per child
(Please remember this is a working farm and the ground is a little rough. Be cautious and watch where you are walking, wear appropriate shoes and clothing).
Field Trips Includes:
Any time of year Read to the Animals & Outdoor Play ($10/child)
– hayride is already including in the per child cost for this field trip and the price is reduced to encourage reading. This is a great first field trip for a school group to come to the farm.
This field trip is designed to encourage students to improve their reading skills and confidence by allowing them to read to an animal (10 readers at a time). While one group is reading, another is playing in the field or in the big barn (depending on the weather) and feeding the goats and chickens, and the third group is on a hayride. This field trip is designed for smaller groups so each student can get individual time to read to the animals and they get to take a book home with them.
Animal habitat and Animal Care ($10/child)
This field trip can accommodate large or small groups. There will be 3 stations for each group to rotate through with up to 30 students at each station. The first station is in the Animal Barn where we will meet some of the animals and discuss the 5 domains model of human and animal welfare (1. Nutrition 2. Physical environment 3. Health 4. Behavioral interaction and 5. Mental state). The second station will be at the pond where we will discuss animal and plant habitats and how the pond ecosystems in our region change throughout the seasons. The final station will be in the field near the coop where we will talk about and feed the chickens and goats, as well as allowing the kids to have some outdoor play time in the field or big barn if the weather is uncooperative.
Spring: Garden Systems and Sustainable Agriculture ($10/child)
This field trip can accommodate small or large groups. There will be 3 stations for each group to rotate through with up to 30 students at each station. The first station will be by the big barn and garden area where we will discuss what goes into garden planning and design including what things different plants need to thrive as well as companion planting. The second station will be in the field area where we will discuss and demonstrate prepping a garden bed and planting. The group at this station will use a variety of tools to help prep the garden bed and then plant their own seeds in a container to take home or back to your school garden if you have one. The final group will be in the animal barn and arena with the horses to learn about human and horse nutrition and how diet affects animal and human health.
Fall: Life Cycle of a Pumpkin and Harvest
This field trip can accommodate small or large groups. There will be 3 stations for each group to rotate through with up to 30 students at each station. The first station will be by the big barn and garden area where we will discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin. We will have pumpkin plants growing and show the flowers, plant leaves, pumpkins and talk about what conditions these plants need to thrive. The second station will be in the big barn where we will read a book on the life cycle of a pumpkin reinforcing the keywords and topics covered in the garden area. The final group will be in the animal barn and animal area and will be brushing and petting the donkey and/or a pony as well as feeding the chickens and goats. This group will talk about what it takes to keep our animals happy and healthy.