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Covid Era Farm Field Trips
Virtual Field Trips
Let us bring the farm to you with a Virtual Field Trip! Register your class for a modified field trip that meets safety and distance learning protocols. Upon request, we offer suggested reading and activities for your use before and after the virtual field trip to reinforce each lesson.
Students will join a farm educator virtually, taking in the entire farm from beehives and woods to sprawling fields. Visit the goats, rabbits and chickens. Experience the entire farm transition from one season to the next. Lessons can be customized to specific curriculum or standards.
Respond to this brief questionnaire and we will be in touch to schedule a date from September through November, and beginning again in April, 2021. Program generally runs 45-60 minutes.
In-Person Small Group/Pod Programs
This year, school may look very different for some students. We offer limited programming for home-schooled students or those learning in 'pods,' eager for hands-on and outdoor learning opportunities. Lessons can be customized to specific curriculum or standards.
Please note: Instructors will maintain safe social distances and ALL programming will be held outside. Depending upon the age of students, we may require masks be worn. Rain dates required for reservations. Students may undergo additional health screening upon arrival.
Please fill out this brief questionnaire to schedule a small-group program on the farm. Programs run from September through November and begin again in April, 2020. Length of visit generally not more than 2 hours.
- Virtual field trip - $50 flat rate per group (sliding scale available)
- Pod In-person program - $10/student (discounts available for recurring visits)
Five Senses on the Farm - Students will explore the farm using all five senses.
Plant Parts - Students will be able to describe the functions of the main plant parts and identify plant parts that we eat.
Soils - Students will be able to describe different types of soil on the farm and consider the relationships of soil type, water retention, and plant growth.
Checking out the Chickens - Students will explore the farm's chickens, and consider their role on the farm.
Farm History - Students will explore the history of farming in the area through farm tools and dairy products.
Seedy Sleuths - Students will explore the inner workings of seeds to gain an understanding of their function.
Butterfly Basics - Students will be able to describe the role of the butterfly on the farm, butterfly life cycle and metamorphosis, and sources of food for these amazing creatures.
Bees and Pollinators - Using our demonstration hive and apiary, students will learn about the important role of bees and other pollinators on the farm.
Biodiversity on the Farm - Students will learn how small, diverse farms like Massaro are crucial to the health of our environment and our food system.
Compost - Students will explore the magical world of compost, as decomposers turn garbage into healthy soil.
Food Webs and Ecosystems - Students will gain an understanding of food webs and the three components of food chains: producers, consumers and decomposers.
Nature Trail - Students will discover the secrets of Massaro's woods and wetlands.
**We can also design a custom program to meet your needs. Contact us to discuss.**
*The farm is ADA compliant, with the exception of the 2nd floor of the Dairy Barn and the Nature Trail, and includes an ADA compliant restroom.
**The farm offers a limited number of reduced/free farm programs each year to groups with limited financial resources. Please contact our office at 203-736-8618 to apply.