School Field Trips

Gorman Heritage Farm offers creative, hands-on, interdisciplinary field trips that meet Ohio State Common Core Learning Standards. All field trips are led by trained staff and volunteers leading small groups of 10 or fewer students (large groups are divided into smaller groups). 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: Farm Senses
Duration: 1 ½ to 1 ¾ hours
Program Times: Morning & Afternoon
Price: $6 per participant & $6 adult

This 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. 

 

Food Sources
Age Groups: Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2
Duration: 2 hours
Program Times: Morning & Afternoon
Price: $6 per participant & $6 adult

In our Food Sources program, students engage in hands-on exploration using their senses 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.  This program is limited to 2 hours.

 

Structure & Function
Age Groups: Grade 2, Grade 3, and Grade 4
Duration: 3 ½ hours – 4 hours
Program Times: Full Day
Price: $7 per participant & $7 adult

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.  This program is limited to 3 ½ hours – 4 hours.

 

Local Ohio History
Age Groups: Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5
Duration: 3 ½ hours – 4 hours
Program Times: Full Day
Price: $7 per participant & $7 adult

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.  This program is limited to 3 ½ hours – 4 hours.

 

Soil pH: Inquiry-Based Learning (NEW!)
Age Group: Grade 5+
Duration: 3 ½ hours – 4 hours
Program Times: Full Day
Price: $8 per participant & $8 adult

The theme or “big idea” of this 3 ½ – 4 hour program is the importance of healthy soil in food production, revealing how plants and soil are interconnected to generate healthy food.  Using scientific instruments and methods, students review the process of photosynthesis, learn the basic concept of pH, take soil samples, test soil pH and research a student-created hypothesis using the scientific method. Register for this program by choosing “Custom Program” on the registration form and mentioning “Soil pH” on the registration form.  

 

Custom Program
Age Group: Any
Duration: 3 ½ hours – 4 hours
Program Times: Full Day
Price: $8 per participant & $8 adult

Our farm is an amazing learning environment open to your learning objectives.  Talk with our education team to craft custom learning stations to coordinate with your classroom topics.  Past custom programs have included cultivation of crops and development of agriculture, farm business basics, and the ecology of food.  Register for this program by choosing “Custom Program” on the registration form and mentioning topics you are interested in learning about.

 

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