School Programs

At Shelburne Farms, your students will be engaged in inquiry-based, experiential learning designed to deepen their connections to place and each other while fostering their natural curiosity. We work with you to connect the learning experience to your curricular goals as well as national standards and the Big Ideas of Sustainability.

Most of the pre-designed listings below can be adapted for grades K-8 unless otherwise indicated. We also offer customized experiences to explore a specific standard, topic, or theme not covered elsewhere;  as well as outreach experiences at your school or community.  Trips are listed by season.

  • Field trips to the Farm run 9:30am-1:30pm, Sept.-June. $7/student. Scholarships available.
  • Programs at your school or a site in your community run Sept.-June. $2/hour per student, +$0.485/mile
  • Informal group visits to our Children’s Farmyard

Review your 2018-2019 options below.


The application period for the 2018-19 school year is now closed. If you would like to be placed on our waitlist, please fill out an application.

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Fall

  • Farm To You

    Farm To You

    Discover the importance of farms in one of our favorite foods: Pizza! Students collaborate to make pizza from scratch while learning about where each ingredient comes from to make the dough, cheese, sauce and toppings. BIG IDEAS: Community, Cycles

    [September/October]

  • Forest Ecology

    forest ecology

    Connect to the forest through sensory exploration and play. Search for life in the forest - in trees, in the soil, and under logs. Gain insight into the value of the forest as a diverse habitat and natural resource. BIG IDEA: Diversity, Place, Systems

    [October/November]

  • Farm Life and History - Fall

    Farm Life and History

    Connect past to present and explore the value of agriculture in our lives. Discover change over time by engaging in activities of the past and chores such as candle making and spinning wool, baking bread and making butter. BIG IDEA: Change over Time

    [November]

  • Wetland Investigations - Fall

    Wetland investigation field trip

    Follow the nutrient cycle in built and natural systems to discover the functions and characteristics of wetlands. Visit our dairy to consider how nutrients are imported and exported while evaluating the integral role wetlands play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem in a time of changing climate. BIG IDEAS: Systems, Long-term effects

    [August, September, October]

  • Geology on the Farm - Fall

    geology field trip

    Explore the geologic processes that have shaped and transformed our earth, including rock formation and weathering. Examine the rich geologic history of our region through hands-on activities designed to explore change over time in natural cycles, and how we use rocks in our everyday life! *This program is recommended for students 3rd grade and up. BIG IDEA: Change Over Time

    [September, October]

  • NEW! Farmyard - Fall

    Chickens

    During this partially self-guided visit to the Farmyard, you will explore the connections between people, farm animals and the land. Our farm-based educators will work with your group specifically during part of your trip to examine the interactions in agricultural communities, while allowing the remaining time for your group’s self-guided exploration of the Children’s Farmyard, surrounding trails and fields, and the Education Garden.

    [September, early October]

  • Custom Program - Fall

    Don’t see what you’re looking for in the above pre-designed program offerings? We can customize trips to the Farm to explore specific standards, themes, or topics. We’re happy to work with you to see how to make your topic come to life! Possible Fall themes include: Forests, Gardens, Wetland/Lake, Farm, or other.

  • Outreach Program - Fall

    Outreach Program - Fall

    Use your schoolyard, local natural areas, or community to cultivate your students’ sense of place and enhance their appreciation for human and natural communities. Shelburne Farms educators can bring many of our field trip topics to your neighborhood. These outreach programs provide hands-on, real-world learning experiences while making a direct connection to your curriculum.  THEMES:  Forests, Gardens, Wetlands, Tracking, Phenology

Winter

  • Hike, Don't Hibernate!

    Learn about winter preparedness and survival while participating in fundamental community building concepts through team activities. Practice shelter building, firebuilding, and more while on a winter trek at Shelburne Farms. *This program is recommended for students in 3rd grade and up.  BIG IDEA: Community, Interdependence

    [January/February]

  • Active In Winter

    Active in Winter

    Investigate Shelburne Farms, your community or your schoolyard for signs of active animals in winter. Examine the adaptations and strategies Vermont animals use to survive winter. Develop track identification and observational skills to become a winter wildlife detective! BIG IDEA: Interdependence, Cycles, Place

    [January/February]

     

  • Farm Life and History - Winter

    Farm Life and History

    Connect past to present and explore the value of agriculture in our lives. Discover change over time by engaging in activities of the past and chores such as candle making and spinning wool, baking bread and making butter. BIG IDEA: Change over Time

    [December]

  • Custom Program - Winter

    Custom Program - Winter

    Don’t see what you’re looking for in the above pre-designed program offerings? We can customize trips to the Farm to explore specific standards, themes, or topics. We’re happy to work with you to see how to make your topic come to life! Possible Winter themes include: Forests or other.

  • Outreach Program - Winter

    Use your schoolyard, local natural areas, or community to cultivate your students’ sense of place and enhance their appreciation for human and natural communities. Shelburne Farms educators can bring many of our field trip topics to your neighborhood. These outreach programs provide hands-on, real-world learning experiences while making a direct connection to your curriculum.  THEMES:  Forests, Gardens, Wetlands, Tracking, Phenology

Spring

  • Pond Life Cycles & Adaptations

    Pond Life Cycles & Adaptations

    Explore the pond and forest ecosystems. Students will experience spring at the pond and in the forest by investigating insect and amphibian life cycles. Discover how creatures adapt to eating, moving, and surviving in their watery and forest-y worlds! BIG IDEA: Diversity, Interdependence, Cycles

    [May/June]

  • Sugaring Time

    Sugaring Time

    Investigate the science and wonder behind maple sugaring. Follow the process from tapping to tasting. Students will engage in the full cycle of sugaring from tapping a sugar maple tree, to gathering sap, and visiting the sugar maker in the sugar house. BIG IDEA: Cycles

    [March]

  • Spring on the Farm

    Spring on the Farm

    Investigate what is happening as the Farm and our animals awaken to spring’s warmer days. Meet and interact with lambs and ewes while exploring the importance of wool through washing, drying, spinning and carding. Explore a Vermont dairy farm by visiting our herd of Brown Swiss Cows and see the milking parlor, feed alley and even the manure pit! Milk a cow and learn about the roles cows play in our agriculture system.  BIG IDEA: Cycles, Place

    [April/May]

  • Geology on the Farm - Spring

    geology field trip

    Explore the geologic processes that have shaped and transformed our earth, including rock formation and weathering. Examine the rich geologic history of our region through hands-on activities designed to explore change over time in natural cycles, and how we use rocks in our everyday life! *This program is recommended for students 3rd grade and up. BIG IDEA: Change Over Time

    [May, June]

  • Wetland Investigations - Spring

    Wetland investigation field trip

    Follow the nutrient cycle in built and natural systems to discover the functions and characteristics of wetlands. Visit our dairy to consider how nutrients are imported and exported while evaluating the integral role wetlands play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem in a time of changing climate. BIG IDEAS: Systems, Long-term effects

    [May/June]

  • Custom Program - Spring

    Custom Program - Spring

    Don’t see what you’re looking for in the above pre-designed program offerings? We can customize trips to the Farm to explore specific standards, themes, or topics. We’re happy to work with you to see how to make your topic come to life! Possible Spring themes include: Forests, Gardens, Wetland/Lake, Farm, or other.

  • Outreach Program - Spring

    Outreach Program - Spring

    Use your schoolyard, local natural areas, or community to cultivate your students’ sense of place and enhance their appreciation for human and natural communities. Shelburne Farms educators can bring many of our field trip topics to your neighborhood. These outreach programs provide hands-on, real-world learning experiences while making a direct connection to your curriculum.  THEMES:  Forests, Gardens, Wetlands, Tracking, Phenology