Pumpkin Science Field Trips

Hands-on exploration of the natural world is important to every part of our curriculum.

Many teachers use our field trips as an introduction or culminating experience for units on plant science. Our time in the pumpkin patch includes a life cycle dance, time for questions about how plants grow, and first hand observation of the parts of a plant.

Our Fall Field Trips also focus on food origins and animal science. Students help with morning chores.  Along the way we talk about why farmers raise different animals.

We also learn amazing facts about how these animals’ bodies work, and the amazing things they can do. We learn that cows have four stomachs so they can digest grass, that goats can jump five feet into the air to avoid predators, and that sheep have special oil in their wool called lanolin which makes them (and their wool) waterproof.

Most importantly, these field trips link together learning, fun, discovery and joy. We use our senses to discover life on a farm.  We challenge our math skills and extend our vocabulary as we learn about plants and animals.  We provide a sense of history and place.

Facts about Fall Field Trips
Where: Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport, ME

Who: Early elementary classes, preschools, home school associations, scouting groups and other organizations.

What: Students explore and learn on the Farm. They help with morning chores in the barn and meet our sheep, goats, cows, chickens, turkeys, and rabbits. Students will also take a hayride, learn about plant life cycles and plant science at the  pumpkin patch and in the garden, and pick their very own pumpkins.

Schedule your Field Trip
To schedule your field trip, please contact our Programming and Curriculum Coordinator by emailing: education@wolfesneckfarm.org or by calling (207) 865-4363 ext. 106. Please be ready to provide

  • School or Group Information: name, address and phone number
  • Educator Contact Information: name, phone and email
  • Dates and times you are interested in visiting
  • Number of students and number of classrooms participating
  • Students’ ages and /or grades
  • If you are planning to bring a picnic or snack
  • If you want to pursue any optional lessons or activities at the Farm, and what those might be.

 

About Our Educators
Wolfe’s Neck Farm Educators are professional outdoor educators who love the natural world and life on the farm! We come from a variety of backgrounds- Biology, Anthropology, Education, and other disciplines. We are experienced with leading groups of all ages. Most importantly, we are fascinated with nature, and we can’t wait to share our passion with you and your students.