Sample Field Trips
Animal Traces (K-3)
Students will observe the domestic animals on the farm and search for traces of the other more secretive animals that make their home in the farm and forest. Students will cast animal tracks, look at animal scat, look at rotten logs and see nibble holes in leaves.
Map and compass (1st -5th)
Where am I? How do I get from here to there? Students on this trip learn to follow a map (4th and 5th graders will also learn how to use a compass) in order to find a hidden treasure.
Soil Explorations (2nd-4th)
Get ready to explore soils. Students will get to dig into the world of soil in farm and forest, digging soil pits to observe soil horizons, testing soil texture, porosity, and moisture. Compost heaps will be turned and worms will be fed.
Exploring Energy flow on the farm (3rd-5th)
We’ll take your group on a scavenger hunt of the farm and forest in search of energy sources. We’ll finish up the trip with a tour the farm’s solar panels and biodiesel plant, tracing the source of energy back to the sun.
Biotic and Abiotic (2nd-4th)
Students will seek out the living and non-living components of the natural world in a scavenger hunt on the farm. Students will learn how species deal with various abiotic and biotic factors, and how farmers seek to control these factors to grow food and raise animals.
Students will participate in a lightning speed study of the diversity of living things at the farm. After an introduction to concept of biodiversity students will sample the biodiversity of an area of forest and consider the affects of various environmental changes on biodiversity.
Observation Olympics (1st-3rd)
Students will develop and practice keen observational skills while hiking, sketching and playing games.
Students will practice systems thinking as they explore the components of a rotational pasturing program that includes chicken tractors and cows. Students will identify feedback loops affecting the soil health and animal health, connecting farming practices with the nutrient cycle.