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We have closed registration for our 2022 season.
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Designed for Kindergarten and First Grade Students
Educator Guided Harvest Program provides children with a fun and educational farming experience. Children will enjoy a hay wagon tour of the farm fields to see the growing crops and landmarks of a classic New England farm (weather-permitting).
At the field classroom, our farm educator will teach what a plant needs to survive and how farmers grow their crops. Students in kindergarten will focus on the ways farmers work with the weather and seasons to grow food. These activities are correlated to the CT Science Framework Standards.
First Grade Program
At the field classroom, our farm educator will teach what a plant needs to survive and how farmers grow their crops. First grade students will learn about the role of wildlife on a farm, and the ways in which animals may help or hinder a farm’s growing plants.These activities are correlated to the CT Science Framework Standards.
For Kindergarten and First Grade Students
Students will then harvest their own pumpkin. After harvest, the students will return to their chaperones who will help bag the pumpkins before returning to the Harvest Yard.
Harvest Yard Tour
Upon returning to the Harvest Yard, classes are invited to take a teacher and chaperone-guided tour of our pumpkin and squash displays.
We allow a maximum of 1 adult to 5 children for the Educator Guided Harvest Program (classroom teachers and teacher aides not counted in this ratio). With over two decades of experience in leading farm tours, we feel this is the best ratio to maximize the educational experience for the students. Any additional parents must wait in the barnyard for the self-guided tour. Also, please note we cannot accommodate younger siblings on the tour.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from September 28 through October 21
We recommend visiting our Tour Calendar page before completing your pre-registration to confirm which dates may already be booked.
9:45 am or 11:00 am
$12.50 per student
Our program runs for one hour, beginning after everyone has unloaded from the bus and concluding as your group heads back to the bus.
We recommend groups select a time that would allow them to make it to the farm 10 minutes earlier than their scheduled tour time, to allow room for unforeseen circumstances on the roads, as well as time for children to unload from the buses and use the restrooms, if needed, before the program. While we will do our best given the circumstances, if a school arrives late for their scheduled time, we cannot guarantee that we can offer the full hour-long program if it means impacting another school’s program.
We can accommodate up to 2 hayrides (of up to 45 people per hayride) at each time slot
School Tour Policies and Procedures
Please review our school tour policies regarding chaperones, cancelations, and payments, as well as answers many of our commonly asked questions
Pre-registration is required for all our programs. Due to the busy schedule of teachers and farmers, we believe our pre-registration form is the most efficient way to register your students.