Frequently Asked Questions about School Field Trips

What is the focus of your programs?
Our focus and mission is to provide children a connection to the source of their food. This includes experiences in our farmyard, with our animals, and in our gardens. All groups visiting GHF will be given the chance to interact with our animals, including petting them, seeing what they eat, and learning about their life on the farm.

What programs are available?
Click here for a full listing of our field trip programs.

How many students may I bring?
Teachers may bring up to 60 children (30 students maximum for Food Production/Soil pH program). Groups may schedule more than one day to accommodate larger numbers. We will divide classes into small groups of approximately 8-10.

What is the charge for programs?
The cost per student is $6 for our Farm Senses and Food Sources programs, and $7 per student for our Structure and Function,  Local Ohio History and Food Production/Soil pH programs. Teachers and aides are free. Parent chaperons are $6 or $7 each, depending on the scheduled program. There is a $100 minimum for all groups.  A non-refundable fee of $75 is needed to secure your reservation.  This fee will be applied to the group total.

What is the role of adults/chaperones?
Adults/chaperones are expected to be engaged in the program and to support the efforts of Gorman Heritage Farm educators. We thank adults/chaperones for keeping cell phones on silent, and for their help in providing behavior support when necessary, ensuring we have all students at all times, and for their help in keeping our students safe. Our educators may ask adults/chaperones to close doors

May parent chaperones bring siblings of students participating in the program?
No. Our programs are designed for a class group at a specific age level. We cannot allow siblings to participate in field trips.

How long is the program?
Our Farm Senses and Food Sources programs generally run, on average, 1 hour and 45 minutes. Structure and Function and Local Ohio History run approximately 3 1/2 hours, including lunch.  The Food Production/Soil pH program runs about 2 1/2 hours.   However, we can work to accommodate your schedule.

What times do your programs begin?
Our morning sessions begin between 9:00 and 10:15. Our afternoon session begin between 12:30 and 1:15.

We will see animals at Gorman Heritage Farm
Yes. Gorman Heritage Farm programs are interactive and engaging and include farm animal encounters. The animals available for programs is dependent on season and grazing rotations, so not every animal may be available for every program.

May we eat lunch at the farm?
Yes. We have a large picnic area available that can seat groups of 60 or more. You must provide your own lunches. There is no extra charge to use the picnic area or Sunflower Room.

What is your cancellation and weather policy policy?
We run programs rain or shine, provided the weather is safe for visitors to be on the Farm.

In the event that Gorman Heritage Farm must cancel your trip due to severe weather, we will contact you with as much notice as possible. In this instance, we will do our best to reschedule your trip.

I love it! When can I register my school for a visit?

Click Here to Schedule Your Field Trip