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Workshops

How it Works:

1. Choose the length of your schools visit. (2hr, 3hr & 4hr options)

2. Choose from the programs below that you’d like your students to enjoy.

  • 2 hr Workshop – choose 2 programs
  • 3 hr Workshop – choose 3 programs
  • 4 hr Workshop – choose 4 programs

3. You can extend your visit to add extra time for animal discovery, sport play and self-guided exploration of the farm. (all workshops include freedom play time in our natural playgrounds).

Example of a 2 hour workshop:
Fiber Farm 40 min / Composting & Decomposers 40 min / Freedom play 40 min

Example of a 3 hour workshop:
Fiber Farm 40 min/Composting & Decomposers 40 min/Threatened Barn Swallows 40 min/60 min for snack & freedom play

Composting and Decomposers

pre-K to grade 8 40 min

From organisms in the ‘soil web of life’ to the how’s and why’s of composting, students explore consumption, waste and decomposition. During this 40 minute program, students will observe vermiculture (worms in action!) as they work to improve the farm’s soil.  Older grades will take soil samples and examine it’s PH levels, composition and quality.

Curriculum Connections: Life Systems, Earth and Space, Healthy Living

Threatened Barn Swallows

pre-K to grade 7 40 min May to June

In this program, students will have a chance to observe the Barn Swallow in action! Students will learn about the swallows life cycle, the causes of this threatened species population decrease and get to participate in Barn Swallow nest making. This 40 minute program also includes an art activity and a lesson on insects (Barn Swallow diet).

Curriculum Connections: Life Systems, Earth and Space

The Secret Garden

pre-K to grade 3 40 min

Students will experience the Earthbound garden as they explore the wonder of plants. They will learn about the amazing way seeds travel, the role of plants in ecosystems, and how to apply lessons from nature in creating their own backyard gardens. Students are guaranteed to get their hands dirty in the process. During this 40 minute program students will make handmade seed pots of out recycled newspaper to take home.

Curriculum Connections: Life Systems, Earth and Space, Healthy Living, 5 Senses

The Fiber Farm

pre-k to grade 8 40 min

Alpaca and Sheep are in the spotlight as students learn about fiber farming, textiles and fiber arts. Students skirt, clean and card raw fleece. During the 40 minute program students will have an opportunity to visit our fiber farm animals up-close!

Curriculum Connections: Life Systems, Earth and Space

Trees Are Awesome!

pre-k to grade 8 40 min

From their beauty in the backyard to their vital role in the Global ecosystem, students will explore the many reasons why trees are one of nature’s favourite and most important organisms. Students will observe and interact with the living native trees surrounding our outdoor learning circle and learn how and why trees are the foundation to life on our planet.

Trees – Nature’s Internet

Curriculum Connections: Life Systems

Notice Nature

grade 1-8 40 min

Nature is incredible, yet many of us take its beauty and function for granted. With so much going on we often forget to notice how unbelievable nature is and the calming, grounding effect it has on us. How often do we stop to hear the birds chirp or leaves blow? How many different shades of blue are in the sky or green in the forest? How does nature give us structure and texture? In this 40 minute guided discovery, we’ll use our 5 senses to experience nature in new and unforgettable ways

Curriculum Connections: Art, Healthy Living

Let’s Look at Life Cycles

40 min
 
Students will begin by taking a brief look at distinct characteristics of the six main classes of animals (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians and invertebrate), as well as looking for examples of each on the farm. From there, we will dig deeper into the attributes, adaptations and aspects that make up the life cycles of mammals and birds. Our farm animals will take centre stage as we discover the details of their unique life cycles.
 

Curriculum Connections: Life Systems