Farm Overnight School Field Trip
Our time at the farm, and specifically with Jordan, was engaging and informative. Students explored farming practices, considered their role as consumers, and got their hands dirty attending to various farm chores. They absolutely loved interacting with the animals and building fences! Being able to visually see what they had accomplished gave our students great pride. Jordan and the Southlands staff were flexible, extremely knowledgeable, full of excitement and quick to share their passion with our students. We are excited to come back to the farm in the future!
-Britany Martin, Crofton House Grade 10 three day farm experience
Spend a day and night in the life of a farmer. From milking the goats, collecting eggs, and feeding the animals in the morning, to specially adapted programs during the day to help your class meet their Life Cycle learning objectives. In the evening we'll enjoy dinner around the fire before hitting the straw, where we will sleep in the hayloft of the barn! Suitable for Grades 3 to 12.
Thank you for an amazing three days at the farm. You are a wealth of fascinating information and the girls had a blast. Many of them articulated that building the fence was their favourite part (to my surprise) and that they loved getting dirty and doing things with their hands.
School Group Sample Itinerary
10am Arrival and Hands-on Farm Orientation with one of our competent and engaging Farm Educators. We will go over boundaries and expectations on the farm.
11:30-12 Sleeping area set up and preparation for packed lunch.
12-1pm Packed Lunch in the Orchard
1-3pm Farm Programming - these will be Farmer lead activities and farm tasks to help your students learn important farm skills, and the basics of where their food comes from. These may include beekeeping, chicken keeping, planting seeds, or any number of other options depending on the needs of your group and desired PLO's.
3-4pm GAP - time for your group to explore the farm and surrounding ecosystems, and take care of yourself.
4-5:30 Making a Meal Together, from scratch. In groups we'll harvest and cook everything for a pizza party.
5:30-7 Pizza Party
7-8:30 Evening Programming and bonfire. Evening farm chores may include closing in the chickens and ducks for the night, milking the goats, or feeding and watering the horses.
8:30-9 Preparation for bedtime
9-10 pm Quiet time. Enjoy the peace and quiet of this rural farm. Watch the owls and bats hunting over the orchard or go on a sensory walk exploring the farm in darkness.
10:30 Bed time. Get cozy in the straw pile in our hayloft and bed down for the night. With the horses underneath you and barn owls in the rafters it is sure to be an unforgettable night. The hayloft is not insulated, so be prepared for the temperature.
7:30am - 8:30am Snack and Farm Chores and morning activity.
8:30-9:30am - Breakfast - Oatmeal, seasonal fruit, nuts, milk and coffee will be provided. Closing Activity.
9:30-10 Pack up and prepare for departure back to school.
Details and Expectations
Standard Program $70 +GST per student
Maximum of 30 students
Minimum cost is $1200
For longer programs or altered itineraries please call us for pricing.
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Notes and Expectations
Because the farm is an active and dynamic place the activities scheduled may change or become more awesome. We like to have the flexibility to engage your group in special events such as sheep shearing, honey harvesting, horse shoeing, apple pressing, goat milking, etc. when they happen.
Pack-it-in-Pack-it-out. Visiting the farm, like going on a wilderness camping trip, involves carrying out any garbage you make. We feel producing garbage should not be a part of your farm experience, and this garbage free challenge is a great opportunity for your group to think about their environmental impact! We do have a recycling and compost available.
What to Bring
Clothes for the weather, winter weight sleeping bag, sleeping pad, toothbrush, flashlight, change of clothes, cutlery and plate, bowl, cup, water-bottle, book, any medications, snacks. Optional: games, instruments, camera, food to share.
What not to bring: video games, cell phones, expensive jewelry and clothes that need to stay clean.
Leaders: as above, plus: dinner and breakfast for your group, activities for GAP time, extra flashlights, earplugs for fussy sleepers, group list with medical information, signed waivers for each member of your group, snack food for the group, any extra cooking and baking equipment you may require.
Hayloft - this is where your group will be sleeping unless you choose to set up camp in the orchard. The hayloft is divided into the out-of-bounds hay storage area, and the straw pile. There is a washroom with composting toilet, and a bouldering wall next to the straw pile. Please keep your voices to a library level.
Covered Deck and Library - this area is approximately 15 feet by 40 feet.
Cob Oven Shelter - The food preparation area. Home to the cob ovens, root cellar, sinks, and propane stove.
Toilets - there are 3 toilets on the property: 1 beautiful new toilet by the compost pile, a toilet next to the office, and a composting toilet in the hayloft. There are 8 sinks scattered around the farm for hand washing.
Fire Pit - please keep fires small, and only burn wood in the wood pile next to the fire pit. We have an axe and hatchet - be sure to receive instruction on their use from a farm staff.