School Programs

Thanks for your interest in our school programs. This year, all our listings and applications are online (no brochure)!

Since 1978, Shelburne Farms has offered seasonal one-day field trips for K-8th grade students and their teachers. All of our programs take advantage of what is happening in and around the farmforest & fields, and lake & wetlands. These include:

  • School-year field trips at the Farm. 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. $7/student. Scholarships available.
  • School-year programs at a site in your community. 9:30 am - 1:30 pm $4/student (2 hours), $8/student (4 hours); +$0.485/mile
  • Informal group visits to our Children's Farmyard

You'll notice that our programs are a bit different this year: they're listed thematically by season. After perusing the options below, go to the request form to select your grade, preferred season for a program, and the place/theme you want to explore.  We will communicate with you prior to your trip to better understand what you’re doing with your class, so that we can customize options and create an experience that supports your students’ learning.  

Registration will open soon, and we'll accept requests until May 23, 2016.  If you need help, call School Programs Coordinator, Courtney Mulcahy, at 802-985-0319.


Fall

  • Farm - Fall

    Farm - Fall Field Trip

    This program could include:

    • harvesting
    • visiting the farmyard and garden
    • cooking, processing food and eating together

    BIG IDEAS: COMMUNITY, CYCLES

  • Forest & Fields - Fall

    Fall - Forests & Fields Field Trip

    This program could include:

    • forest ecology
    • habitats
    • soils

    BIG IDEAS:  INTERDEPENDENCE, COMMUNITY, DIVERSITY

  • Lake & Wetlands - Fall

    Lake & Wetlands - Fall

    This program could include:

    • Geologic process,fossils, rock formations, geologic history
    • Wetland exploration

    BIG IDEAS: CHANGE OVER TIME, SYSTEMS

Winter

  • Farm - Winter

    Farm - Winter

    This program could include

    • Farm history, tool explore
    • Candle making, bread making

    BIG IDEAS:

  • Forest & Fields - Winter

    Forest & Fields - Winter

    This program could include:

    • Tracking
    • Animal adaptations
    • Community building and winter survival

    BIG IDEAS: PLACE, ADAPTATION, COMMUNITY

  • Lake & Wetlands - Winter

    There is no winter Lake & Wetlands program offered.

Spring

  • Farm - Spring

    Farm - Spring

    This program could include:

    • Visit the Dairy and the Sheep Flock
    • Visit the farmyard

    BIG IDEAS: CYCLES

  • Forest & Fields - Spring

    Forests & Fields - Spring

    This program could include:

    • Sugaring
    • Spring ephemerals
    • Climate change

    BIG IDEAS: CYCLES, ADAPTATION

  • Lake & Wetlands - Spring

    This program could include:

    • Climate change and wetlands
    • Wetland, pond or lake shore exploration

    BIG IDEAS: ADAPTATION, CYCLES, SYSTEMS