We offer several field trips at our farm to promote authentic, outdoor learning!  All programs are developed around meeting specific Indiana State Science Standards to ensure your trip will be both effective and easily approved.  We can also custom tailor trips to specific requests and projects, so just let us know if you have an idea in mind!  The Savage Riding Academy is run by an Indiana licensed teacher who taught in Goshen Community Schools for six years, which means that quality education is at the forefront of everything we do.

While our programs target elementary standards, all offerings can be altered to accommodate preschool, middle school, high school, and even college classes.  The cost of each visit is $3/student.  Scholarships are available to support low-income families because it is our mission to be able to offer quality experiences to all students.  Our farm is uniquely located to be able to provide walking trip distances from Chandler Elementary, Parkside Elementary, Model Elementary, and Goshen Middle School, which can eliminate busing and help to keep costs low.  Combination programs are also available with Red Tail Farm and the Goshen Parks Department.

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Available Programs

Animal Development

This program is designed to show students how baby animals grow, develop, and relate to their parents.  We offer the unique opportunity for students to get up-close and personal to live baby horses and cows, and on occasion other types of animals.  Students will participate in age-appropriate activities related to observable traits (gr. K-1) and color genetics (gr. 2-4), with take-home materials for continued education.

  • 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

Animal Adaptations

This program enables students to observe live animals using unique body parts for survival.  Students will identify, classify, and compare adaptations of horses, cows, chickens, cats, dogs, and on occasion other animals.  Students will receive a journal for use during the trip and for continued education.

  • 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.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.

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 animals.  The 3-5+ program brings students on a deep dive into the human impact factor of different solutions.  Students will see our eco-friendly drinking water posts in action, which model one innovative engineering solution that they will use to then create their own potential solutions.

  • 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.

Combination Trips

Our farm is located adjacent to Red Tail Farm and the Dr. Larry Beachy Classified Forest, giving us the ability to offer three programs in one.  This option will be available mid September 2018.