EDUCATIONAL FARM TOURS
Sharp’s at Waterford Farm is a 530 acre working farm located in western Howard County. The farm produces field corn, soybeans, and grazes hundreds of goats, sheep, and cattle. There are production greenhouses that are full of herbs, vegetables, and flowers. A nature trail meanders through 100 acres of woodland under forestry management. The Cattail Creek flows through the farm to its ultimate destination, Triadelphia Reservoir, which supplies the DC area with drinking water. There are 3 wildlife ponds, 3 irrigation ponds, and acres of installed riparian buffer and wildlife plantings on the farm.
The Sharp family has been farming for over 100 years and has been offering educational programs since 1980 to schools, daycares, scout groups, homeschoolers and families throughout the Maryland area.
Our educational programs focus on agriculture and the agriculture/environmental link. Most of our programs are designed to compliment the Science or Social Studies curriculum for the elementary level into the high school years. High school programs are custom designed between our staff and the teachers. We aim to coordinate our offerings with the Maryland Common Core Curriculum. Our educational programs are adapted for the age group and grade level of the children visiting the farm. We welcome teacher input so we can compliment what the students are learning in the classroom.
If you don’t see a program that fits your needs, call us to discuss a customized program. We are happy to work with you to create a program that will enhance what you are teaching in the classroom.
The purpose of all of our programs is to educate children in agriculture and ag-environmental sciences in an informal, hands-on atmosphere that supplements the classroom curriculum as well as the Maryland Common Core curriculum. We believe the “hands on” and “visual” experience that we offer can have a broader impact than the classroom alone. All the staff at Sharp Farm is dedicated to promoting the educational experience with each visit to our farm.
Open House Days are educational programs available to homeschool groups or children not visiting with a school group. For more information click here.
- Spring – Our educational programs are underway, so take a look at all that we have to offer! We also will host a number of Open House events for homeschoolers and families! More info…
- Summer – What a great summer mini-vacation for your camp or family group. We have low minimum numbers for tours, so gather your family and friends or schedule your camp group to see us. All our spring tour programs will continue into the summer. More info…
- Fall – Each fall we offer pumpkin picking, hayrides, campfires, corn mazes, farm animals, observation beehives, nature trails and much more. We offer 4 programs in the fall season. More info…
Don’t forget to read our handy Field Trip Checklist!