FIELD TRIPS & GROUP ACTIVITIES
Empowering students of all ages to take an active part in growing food through educational, hands-on field trips.
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Field Trips & Group Activities
Our farm activities are led by professional instructors that have either taken our farm courses or have a background in agriculture and teaching. We generally assign one instructor to about 15 people in order to have an optimal learning experience. Because of class restrictions due to COVID-19 we will only allow 8 students for one instructor until further notice. Both field trips and group activities are about 2 hours with the option of purchasing additional hours and activities.
Take part in a variety of hands-on farm lessons, from composting to farm insects to the importance of soil. Larger groups will be split up and rotated through three to four hands-on activities. This experience includes a walk though our sensory herb and flower garden, a visit to the animals to understand their role on our farm, learning about the importance of composting, and a visit to our crops and orchard to see where food comes from!
We can book multiple visits to create a customized project based learning experience.
Enjoy a 30 minute introductory farm tour to understand what regenerative sustainable farming means, followed by a farm activity. Farm tasks are always changing, but you might be planting, weeding, watering, bed-building, composting, mucking out animal enclosures, and more depending on the farm needs for that day. This is a great way to volunteer as a group and an excellent team building experience.
Girl Scout Badge Experiences
Wild Willow Farm is officially a Girl Scouts Community Partner! Bring your troop for a Badge Workshop and learn about farming, healthy eating and nature. During this hands-on, two-hour field trip, scouts will focus on one topic and then earn a badge! There are many badges to choose from:
Daisy: Outdoor Art
Brownie: Bugs, Outdoor Art, Senses, Snacks
Junior: Flowers, Outdoor Art, Simple Meals
Cadette: Trees, Outdoor Art
Senior: Outdoor Art, Locavore
Ambassador: Water, outdoor art
During these programs, scouts will accomplish everything needed to earn a badge. Wild Willow Farm is also able to provide the physical badges at an extra fee of $7 per scout.
In addition to these Badge Programs, we offer a field trip that completes most of the badge requirements for the Gardener (Junior) and Eating for You (Cadette) badges, though neither badge can be accomplished in one day.
Kids Birthday Party
Have a birthday to remember with amazing photo backdrops and fun activities for your child's special day. We will start with a 1 hour activity based on age followed by a birthday celebration in a space just for you. All you have to do is bring the cake and decorations!
Booking Times & Days
DAYS: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
TIMES: 10AM-12PM or 1PM-3PM
Please give us at least 2 weeks in advance to schedule instructors.
If none of those days and times work for your group, please specify in the application comments what your needs are.
Cost & Waiver
A deposit of $100 is required to hold your requested date.
If you would like to have a 30 minute lunch at the farm after your trip, there will be an additional $40 charge.
Groups larger than 60 students will need to be broken up into smaller groups and scheduled at separate times or rotated between a nearby park and the farm.
The organization is required to complete a liability waiver covering the whole group, providing your insurance information. A waiver will be emailed to you upon receipt of your application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you teach the same way to all ages?
No way! We explain the same principles to everyone, but alter the way we deliver lessons according to the age group we are presenting to in order to keep them curious and engaged. We have set curriculums based on CORE standards to help teachers complete academic goals and class curriculums.
Q: What is the application process?
(1) Application: First submit an application with your specific dates and information. Your date will be tentatively held in our calendar until we receive the deposit or full payment.
(2) Scheduling & Payment: The education coordinator will respond to your application shortly to confirm available dates. Instructions on how to pay your deposit, a liability waiver, and additional information on how to prepare for your visit will be emailed.
(3) Confirmation: In order to hold your date, you need to pay a non-refundable $100 deposit or pay in full. Once we receive payment, you will receive a confirmation email with an updated invoice for your records.
Q: Can we have lunch on the farm?
Yes! If you would like to add this option, select it on the application. There will be an additional $40 charge for a 30-minute lunch at the barn after the farm exploration. Please pack out all food and trash that you bring in since we are a "zero waste" farm.
Q: Can parents join a school field trip?
We allow 1 adult/parent to join for every 5 kids without additional cost. If more parents wish to join, we would need to enlist an additional instructor to help manage the group size, causing a rate increase.
Q: How can we prepare for our visit?
Please wear closed-toe shoes (required), sun protective head covering, and sunscreen. Long pants and long sleeve shirts are a good idea to protect your skin from the sun and shrubs. Bring snacks and a refillable water bottle (we have filtered water). Don't forget to bring any medication you may need if anyone has allergies to bees, plants, animals, etc.
We are a "zero waste" farm so bring garbage bags for snacks and lunch to pack out what you bring in.
Q: What if it rains?
Even though it only rains 10" a year on average in San Diego, when it does rain, it can get uncomfortably muddy on the farm. If there is a prediction of significant amounts of rain for your scheduled date, the trip will be rescheduled. We will be in close contact with you if these conditions are present.
Our field trip rates are based on minimum staffing levels required to keep your students engaged and safe. Because of sponsors like OB Peoples, we are able to keep rates as low as possible to provide opportunity for more schools to visit our farm.
Donate so Title 1 schools can participate in our programs. Just specify you would look to donate towards field trips!