School Programs

Since 1978, Shelburne Farms has offered seasonal one-day field trips for K-8th grade students and their teachers. All of our programs take advantage of what is happening in and around the farmforest & fields, and watershed. These include:

  • School-year field trips at the Farm. 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. $7/student (K-3 ); $8/student (4th-8th). scholarships available.
  • School-year programs at a site in your community. 9:30 am - 1:30 pm $4/student (2 hours), $8/student (4 hours); +$0.485/mile
  • Informal group visits to our Children's Farmyard.

We will communicate with you prior to your trip to better understand what you’re doing with your class, so that we can customize options and create an experience that supports your students’ learning.  

Please register on-line.  If you need help registering call School Programs Coordinator, Courtney Mulcahy, at 802-985-0319.

Complete School Programs Brochure, 2015-2016


Grades K-3

  • Active In Winter

    Active in Winter

    Investigate the fields and forests at Shelburne Farms for signs of active animals in winter. Using the trails and indoor forest, we will follow track patterns in search of stories in snow. Together we will examine animal activity and winter adaptations through play. 

    BIG IDEA: Place

  • Pond Life Cycles & Adaptations

    Pond Life Cycles & Adaptations

    Explore the pond and forest ecosystem! Students will experience spring at the pond and in the forest through investigation of the insect and amphibian life cycles. Discover how creatures adapt to eating, moving, and surviving in their watery and forest worlds.

    [Offered in partnership with the Winooski Valley Park District]

    BIG IDEA: Cycles

  • Sugaring Time

    Sugaring Time

    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

  • Super Soil

    Connect to the world beneath your feet! Explore soil properties, composition, and the connection between soil and all living things! Meet worms, learn about their structure and function, and explore how they contribute to soil health. Consider how garden soils differ from forest and field soils and the reasons why we are not living in a tomato planet!

    BIG IDEA: Interdependence

  • Spring Time on the Farm

    Spring Time on the Farm

    K-1st: Investigate what is happening as the Farm awakens to spring's warmer days. 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 to follow the cycle of sheep to mitten. Participate in animal chores and make observations of the flock!

    2-3rd: Explore a Vermont dairy farm! Visit our milking parlor, calving barn, feed alley, and manure pit to undertand 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

  • Spring Investigations - Outreach

    Spring Investigations

    Allow inquiry to guide your spring exploration around the natural areas in your community. Students will examine animal adaptations and search for spring ephemerals as we find signs of spring and cycles all around! This trip can be adapted to include a service learning component through Winooski Valley Park District. 

    BIG IDEA: Adaptation

    * Outreach Programming Is Available

  • Farm To You

    Farm To You

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

    BIG IDEA: Community & Cycles

  • Forest Ecology

    forest ecology

    Connect to the forest through sensory exploration and play! 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. Super Soil elements can be integrated into this program. Please contact us. 

    BIG IDEA: Diversity & Community

  • Farm Life and History

    Farm Life and History

    Connect past to present and explore the value of agriculture in our lives. Investigate change over time by participating in animal chores, candle making, butter making, and spinning wool. Together we will gain a sense of life on a Vermont farm long ago.

    BIG IDEA: Change over Time

Grades 4-8

  • Hike, Don't Hibernate!

    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!

    BIG IDEA: Community

  • Tracking

    tracking

    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 & Place

  • Wetland Investigation

    Wetland investigation feild trip

    Follow the nutrient cycle in built and natural systemt to discover the functions and characteristics of wetlands. Visit our dairly to consider how nutrients are imported and exported while evaluating the integral role wetlands play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem in a time of changing climate. This trip can be adapted to include a service learning component through Winooski Valley Park District. 

    [Offered in partnership with UVM Watershed Alliance] 

    BIG IDEA: Systems

  • Sugaring by Numbers

    maple sugaring field trip

    Bring math and science concepts to life while exploring the systems behind sugaring. Identify and measure trees to tap, calculate sap output, observe states of matter, investigate impacts of weather and climate change, and experience sugaring with our educators and sugar makers.

    BIG IDEA: Systems

  • Spring Investigations - Outreach

    Spring Investigations

    Allow inquiry to guide your spring exploration around the natural areas in your community. Students will examine animal adaptations and search for spring ephemerals as we find signs of spring and cycles all around! This trip can be adapted to include a service learning component through Winooski Valley Park District. 

    BIG IDEA: Adaptation

    * Outreach Programming Is Available

  • Stories in Stone

    geology field trip

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

    BIG IDEA: Change Over Time

  • The Science of Farming

    The Science of Farming

    Experience the interdependence of agricultural and natural communities. 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 with added communication prior to your visit. 

    BIG IDEA: Interdependence

Outreach

  • Spring Investigations - Outreach

    Spring Investigations

    Allow inquiry to guide your spring exploration around the natural areas in your community. Students will examine animal adaptations and search for spring ephemerals as we find signs of spring and cycles all around! This trip can be adapted to include a service learning component through Winooski Valley Park District. 

    BIG IDEA: Adaptation

    * Outreach Programming Is Available