We love bringing our community to our animals, and our animals to our community! All field trips and school visits are run by an Indiana licensed teacher with six years of experience in the public school system. Quality education is at the forefront of our programs, which are designed around meeting the Indiana State Standards for Life Science. All trips and visits are available weekday mornings, and can be modified to target any age from preschool to adult groups. Custom topics are available as well to fit any of your educational needs!
Field Trips to our Farm
We partner with our neighbor Red Tail Farm to offer engaging trips that get students out of the classroom and into two real working farms. Students will get to meet and observe a variety of livestock including horses, cows, chickens, goats, pigs, and more! They will also be surrounded by a variety of both farmed and natural plant life. Trips last an hour and a half unless otherwise requested, and can include a picnic time if needed. For medium and large groups, students will be split into smaller groups and rotate through stations to promote maximum interaction with the animals.
Field Trip Rates:
- Small Group (1-30 students): $50
- Medium Group (31-75 students): $75
- Large Group (76+ students): $100
**Discounts available for low income schools)**
Visits to your School
We have several pint-sized animals on our farm that can travel to your school or event for a one-of-a-kind guest speaker. Our miniature horse, pygmy goat, and dwarf pig are all trained to go off site and meet the crowds. We can do a condensed version of our Animal Adaptations program, build background knowledge for an upcoming unit, or present any custom information to fit your needs. For medium and large groups, we suggest staggering smaller sections for shorter time frames to promote more hands-on interaction with the animals, but can accommodate an assembly setting as well.
School/Event Visit Rates:
- Small Group (1-30 students, 45 minutes): $75
- Medium Group (31-75 students, 60 minutes): $100
- Large Group (76+ students, 90 minutes): $125
**Discounts available for low income schools)**
Plant and Animal Development
This program is designed to show students how plants and animals grow, develop, and relate to their parents. We offer the unique opportunity for students to get up-close and personal to live baby farm animals and a variety of farmed and natural plants at various growth and decomposition stages. Students will participate in age-appropriate activities about life cycles and observable traits between parents and offspring. This program can possibly be available as a School Visit depending on the time of year.
- K.LS.1 Describe and compare the growth and development of common living plants and animals.
- 1.LS.1 Develop representations to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
- 2.LS.1 Determine patterns and behavior (adaptations) of parents and offspring which help offspring to survive.
- 3.LS.1 Analyze evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
- 4.LS.1 Observe, analyze, and interpret how offspring are very much, but not exactly, like their parents or one another. Describe how these differences in physical characteristics among individuals in a population may be advantageous for survival and reproduction
- 5.LS.1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment
Plant and Animal Adaptations
This program invites students to observe how live plants and animals use their unique parts for survival. Students will identify, classify, and compare the adaptations of different farm animals and crops and determine how each contributes to the organism's survival in its ecosystem. This program is available as a School Visit in a condensed form.
- K.LS.2 Describe and compare the physical features of common living plants and animals
- 1.LS.2 Develop a model mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Explore how those external parts could solve a human problem
- 2.LS.2 Compare and contrast details of body plans and structures within the life cycles of plants and animals.
- 2.LS.3 Classify living organisms according to variations in specific physical features (i.e. body coverings, appendages) and describe how those features may provide an advantage for survival in different environments
- 3.LS.3 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
- 3.LS.4 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
- 4.LS.3 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction in a different ecosystems.
- 5.LS.2 Observe and classify common Indiana organisms as producers, consumers, decomposers, or predator and prey based on their relationships and interactions with other organisms in their ecosystem
- 5.LS.3 Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
Plant and Animal Survival Needs
This STEM based program leads students in problem-solving the best ways to replicate natural solutions for animal survival needs without causing detrimental human impacts on the environment. The K-2 version focuses on identifying and meeting the main survival needs across all organisms. The 3-5+ program brings students on a deep dive into the human impact factor of different solutions. Students will see how two working farms strive to find eco-friendly ways to meet the needs of raising and maintaining plants and animals, including solar panels and electricity-free watering posts.
- K-2.E.1 Pose questions, make observations, and obtain information about a situation people want to change. Use this data to define a simple problem that can be solved through the construction of a new or improved object or tool.
- K-2.E.2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate and investigate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve an identified problem.
- K.LS.3 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive
- K.ESS.4 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
- 1.LS.4 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
- 1.ESS.4 Develop solutions that could be implemented to reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
- 2.ESS.4 Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
- 3-5.E.2 Construct and compare multiple plausible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
- 4.ESS.4 Develop solutions that could be implemented to reduce the impact of humans on the natural environment and the natural environment on humans.
- 5.ESS.3 Investigate ways individual communities within the United States protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
Custom Trips & Visits
We are happy to accommodate any of your educational needs with a custom field trip or visit. Come to us with the learning goals you would like to achieve, and we will develop an experience for your students to master them in a hands-on way!