Farm Overnight School Field Trip
Spend a day and night in the life of a farmer, collecting eggs, bee keeping 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.
Standard Program Itinerary
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 farm activities when they happen.
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.
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.
What not to bring
Video games, cell phones, expensive jewelry and clothes that need to stay clean.
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 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 pizza oven, root cellar, sinks, and propane stove.
There are 2 toilets you can use 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 several sinks scattered around the farm for hand washing.
To roast marshmallows at night :)
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
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.
-Brittany, Crofton House School Teacher
Grade 10 Challenge Group