Food and agriculture experiences come to life for students during farm visits, and now an opportunity to give a look behind the barn doors is more accessible than ever with a virtual field trip.
With field trip and transportation funding becoming more scarce every school year, you can still give your students an interactive look at farms and food-related industries. Live virtual field trips are engaging because students will have the chance to ask the farmers questions in real time. Experiences will be developed for grades Pre-K through 12, and each individual field trip description will include the grade levels appropriate for an experience.
Prior to your virtual field trip you will be shipped an Inquiry Box to help trigger the curiosity of students. The Inquiry Box will hold four to six items that may include a tool used on the farm, products that are essential to animal or plant health, a farm or food by-product, samples, and more. None of the items will come with a description, and all of the items will be discussed, viewed, or demonstrated during the virtual field trip.
On the morning of the virtual field trip, each teacher will schedule a brief technology test with a New York Agriculture in the Classroom staff member. This will take place on the device and in the classroom to ensure that no firewalls or web filtering tools are blocking the web conferencing system, webcams, and microphones are all in good working order the day of the event. This will be scheduled early enough to be able to troubleshoot problems with the school IT staff before the scheduled field trip.
Springside Farms with owners Ed & Paulie Drexler
Thursday, December 19, 2019
10:30am and 12:30pm
40 minutes in duration
Elementary students will visit Springside Farms in Fabius, NY. They area family owned and operated farm growing Christmas trees, pumpkins, and livestock to support their agritourism business. Thousands of visitors come to their farm throughout the four seasons for family fun. During this virtual field trip your students will see a tree farm in action – watching a tree being cut down, why a tree gets shaken, how a tree is transported, and witnessing a wreath being made before their very eyes. Your students will have the opportunity to ask question live to the farmers.
There are two opportunities to connect for this virtual field trip, and space is limited for each session to 15 school connections. Your classroom must be from New York State and have at least 15 students participating from your classroom.