April 18 – August 18
Children take a hayride to the nature trail where the guide leads participants on a half mile trail beginning at Cattail Creek. The children learn about the forest and how it protects our streams and environment. We’ll explore how the forest is home to wildlife and how we can use our forest resources while conserving the environment. We” search out animal tracks and signs and learn the names of several trees, (at least 5), and how their resources are used on the farm. As with all our programs, we can adapt the information to the children’s age group. If you wish, we can add on a scavenger hunt in the forest for an additional $1.00/child. Children return back to the barn and visit the farm animals and feed the goats, rabbits, pigs and chickens!
Optional: At the teacher’s request, we can provide leaf I.D. sheets for the children to take home. Children will learn how to identify at least 5 major trees using key plant characteristics Request I.D. sheets when scheduling your tour.
Costs and Details
AMENITIES INCLUDED IN ALL TOURS
- Hand washing stations with soap and water
- Portable toilet facilities
- Picnic site by the pond
* Teachers can choose to have free admission OR to pay and receive a gift basket full of a variety of plants grown in our greenhouses!
How do we figure who is a teacher? We calculate 1 teacher for every 15 students for K and above or 1 teacher for every 10 children for those younger than the Kindergarten level.
Thanks for your help. It makes for a great day on the farm.
TOUR TIME: 1.5 hours
Cost: $7.50/child/parents & teachers *
GROUP MINIMUM: 20 (Don’t have the group minimum? See our calendar of Open House Events)
Super Size Your Field Trip
For an additional $3.00 per person you can add on the educational portion of a second educational program that will be added to your first selected program.(For Birds and Gourds, due to the cost of materials, we charge an additional $5.00 per person.)
Game Time add-on option
Add on games to your program for $1.50 per person. That’s some buddy boards, sack races and team building experiences or for only $1.00/person you can add on a scavenger hunt!
Healthy Eats add-on option
For an additional $2.50 per person everyone will get to take home a bag of fresh vegetables picked fresh the morning of your tour from our high tunnel or garden. (In spring there is usually a variety of wonderful lettuces or spinach available.) The children will learn about the vegetable, the nutritional benefit it provides, and a suggestion of how to use it in their family dinner!
Forestry Scavenger Hunt add-on option
For an additional $1.00 per person everyone will sharpen their observation skills in the woods finding evidence of farming from 50 years ago, examples of natural resources, special trees, seeds and nuts. The hunt makes for great conversation and is fun for all ages, from 6 to 99!
If you do not have a large enough group, check out our “Open House” dates or phone us and we can have you join with another small group.