School Field Trips

Since 1978, Shelburne Farms has offered seasonal one-day field trips for preschool-8th grade students and their teachers. These include:

  • School-year field trips to the Farm;
  • School-year field trips to a site in your community;
  • Children's Farmyard field trips, mid-May to mid-October  (info: cwright@shelburnefarms.org)

Due to demand, programs are scheduled by a lottery system in May for the following school year. 
Download 2014-2015 Application
Download complete 2014-2015 Field Trip Brochure.

Use the filter below to find programs that fit the needs of your class and curriculum.
 

  • Farm To You

    Farm To You

    September

    Strengthen community in your classroom while creating a pizza together! Students collaborate to make pizza from scratch and explore cycles on the farm — grind wheat berries, milk a cow, and harvest toppings! The program culminates in a pizza celebration of our work together!

    BIG IDEA: Community & Cycles

    Grades: K-3

  • Forest Ecology

    October

    Connect to the forest through sensory exploration at Shelburne Farms or in your community! Search for life in the forest – in trees, tunnels, and under logs! Gain insight into the value of the forest as a diverse habitat and natural resource through exploration and play.

    BIG IDEA: Diversity & Community

    * Place Based Programming Is Available

    Grades: K-3

  • Children's Farmyard - Fall

    Children's Farmyard in the Fall

    September, October

    Visit your favorite farm animals — goat kids, pigs, and sheep, milk a cow and a goat, and make your own bracelet out of our sheep’s wool! At this quieter time of year, you’ll enjoy more personal attention from our Farmyard Educators. A fall field trip is a unique and meaningful way to kick off the school year!

    Grades: Preschool, K-3, 4-8

  • Hike - Don't Hibernate!

    January

    Learn about winter preparedness and survival while participating in fundamental community building concepts. Practice shelter building, fire building, and more while on a winter trek at Shelburne Farms or in your community!

    BIG IDEA: Community

    * Place Based Programming Is Available

    Grades: 4-8

  • Active In Winter

    Active in Winter

    January, February

    Investigate your schoolyard, community, or the fields and forests at Shelburne Farms for signs of active animals in winter. Examine the adaptations and strategies Vermont animals use to survive in winter. Using our trails, or your school yard or community space, we will follow track patterns in search of stories and examine animal activity through play. 

    BIG IDEA: Adaptations & Patterns

    * Place Based Programming Is Available

    Grades: K-3

  • Pond Life Cycles & Adaptations

    Pond Life Cycles and Adaptations

    May, June

    Explore a pond ecosystem at Shelburne Farms or in your community! Experience spring at the pond by investigating the life cycles of pond insects and amphibians. Discover how creatures adapt to eating, moving, and surviving in their watery world.

    BIG IDEA: Cycles

    * Place Based Programming Is Available

    Grades: K-3

  • Children's Farmyard - Spring

    May, June

    Spring marks the opening of the Farmyard, with all its new arrivals. From chicks to lambs, and from calves to piglets, the farm's newborns are sure to make a visit to the Farmyard a memorable experience.

    Grades: Preschool, K-3, 4-8

  • Farm Life and History

    Farm Life and History

    November

    Connect past to present and explore the value of agriculture in our lives. Investigate change over time through participation in animal chores, candle making, and spinning wool. Together we will gain a sense of life on a Vermont farm in the late 1800s.

    BIG IDEA: Change over Time

    Grades: K-3

  • Sugaring Time

    Sugaring Time

    March

    Investigate the science and wonder behind maple sugaring. Follow the process from tapping to tasting. Identify and tap a sugar maple, gather sap, and visit the sugar maker in the sugar house! Explore the water, tree life, and sugaring cycles throughout the day.

    BIG IDEA: Cycles

    Grades: K-3

  • Join the Flock

    Students carding wool

    April

    See Tomie de Paula’s Charlie Needs a Cloak come alive. Meet and interact with lambs and ewes while exploring the importance of wool. Together we will wash, dry, card, spin, and felt wool. We will consider the interdependence of farmers, sheep, and the land.

    BIG IDEA: Interdependence

    Grades: K-3

  • Super Soil

    April, May

    Connect to the world beneath your feet at Shelburne Farms or in your community! Explore soil properties, composition, and the interdependence of soil with all living things! Meet worms, learn about their structure and function, and explore how they contribute to soil health.

    BIG IDEA: Interdependence

    * Place Based Programming Is Available

    Grades: K-3

  • Milk and More

    Dress up like a cow

    May

    Explore a Vermont dairy farm! Visit our milking parlor, calving barn, feed alley, and manure pit to understand the process and life cycle of cows. Milk a cow and determine which products come from cows! Transform cream into butter and learn about the cheese making process.

    BIG IDEA: Cycles

    Grades: K-3

  • Wetland Investigation

    Wetland investigation feild trip

    September

    Follow the nutrient cycle to discover the functions and characteristics of wetlands. Visit the dairy at Shelburne Farms to view both a constructed and natural wetland. Consider how nutrients are imported and exported while evaluating the integral role wetlands play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem! 

    BIG IDEA: Systems

    * Place Based Programming Is Available

    Grades: 4-8

  • Stories in Stone

    geology field trip

    September, October

    Explore the geologic processes that have shaped and transformed our earth, including rock formation and weathering. Examine our region’s rich geologic history through hands-on activities and scientific exploration designed to explore change over time in natural cycles. 

    BIG IDEA: Change over Time

    Grades: 4-8

  • Sugaring by Numbers

    maple sugaring field trip

    March

    Explore the systems behind sugaring while engaging in the math and science of maple sugaring. Identify and measure trees to tap, calculate sap output, observe states of matter, investigate impacts of weather and climate, and experience sugaring with our educators and sugar makers.

    BIG IDEA: Systems

    Grades: 4-8

  • The Science of Farming

    May

    Experience the interdependence of agricultural and natural communities. Students will participate in chores and explore the surrounding natural area as we ready the farm for summer. This trip can be adapted to include a service learning component. Communication prior to your visit is required. 

    BIG IDEA: Interdependence

    Grades: 4-8

  • Celebrate the Season

    September, October, November

    Join us at the Market Garden to celebrate the harvest. Students focus on community building activities while creating a feast to share together in our outdoor pavilion. This program encourages youth voice and choice in a rich educational environment.

    BIG IDEA: Community

    Grades: 4-8

  • Tracking

    December, January, February

    Uncover stories in the snow through use of field guides and informational text! Investigate the adaptations and survival techniques that allow animals to stay active in the winter. Develop track identification and observational skills while exploring prints, patterns, and places.

    BIG IDEA: Adaptations & Patterns

    * Place Based Programming Is Available

    Grades: 4-8

  • Spring Investigations

    April, May

    Together we will allow inquiry to guide our spring exploration around the pond and forests. Students will have opportunities to examine animal adaptations, dip for critters to assess water quality, and search for spring ephemerals as we find signs of spring and cycles all around. 

    BIG IDEA: Adaptations

    Grades: 4-8