School Field Trips in Cincinnati, OH

Gorman Heritage Farm offers creative, hands-on, interdisciplinary field trips that correlate with Ohio State Standards. All field trips are led by trained staff and volunteers, with small groups of 10 or fewer students. All students will enjoy grinding corn, feeding chickens, tasting from the garden and petting farm animals.  Younger students’ experience will be sensory based, while older students’ experience will expand to include such topics as basic needs, soil/food production and local Ohio history. Classroom studies can be integrated into your field trip to build on students’ knowledge and understanding.
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Pre-School Field Trips
Our 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hour pre-school program allows children to interact with our animals on a personal level. The students are given an opportunity to engage all of their senses while touring our gardens and farmyard. Children visit the chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, and rabbits, as available. Time is given to allow the participants to interact and explore the lives of our animals. Tasting, touching, smelling, hearing, and seeing GHF plants and animals gives children a whole new level of understanding about farming and the natural world.
Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2: Food Sources
During this 2 hour program, students engage in hands-on exploration using their sense to discover the basic needs of all living things, and how many of their own basic needs are fulfilled by a farm. This program includes activities such as: collecting fresh eggs, grinding animal feed, touching or grooming animals, and planting or harvesting seasonal vegetables.
Grade 2, Grade 3, and Grade 4: Structure & Function
During this 3 1/2 hour program, small groups explore the structures and functions of our farmyard animals, farming equipment, garden tools, seeds, and even the compost pile! This program helps learners understand how interconnected life is and how vitally important healthy soil is to us all. This fun and information-filled experience is packed with real-life examples, interactive games, and hands-on experiences.
Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5: Local Ohio History
During this 3 1/2 hour program, small groups realize that learning the history of Gorman Heritage Farm and the local community can be fun and exciting. Find out that farmers have not always had tractors, electricity, water in their houses, or even refrigerators. Explore the past and present ways children work to help fulfill the needs of their family, how animals are cared for, where food is stored, how water is transported and experience your local history.
Grade 5: Food Production and Soil pH
The theme or “Big Idea” of this 2 1/2 hour program is the importance of “healthy” soil in food production. Students learn the basic concept of pH, take core soil samples, test soil pH and form/test a student-created hypothesis. Students will explore the compost pile and discover how soil pH affects plant growth. Register for this program by choosing “Custom Program” on the registration form.