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 or teaching. To provide an optimal learning experience, we usually assign one instructor to 10 - 15 people. Due to COVID-19, we are reducing this to 8 students per instructor until further notice. Both field trips and group activities are about 2 hours with the option of adding on a nature walk and lunch in the barn.
On-Farm Field Trips
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 into smaller groups 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! Our lessons are connected to NGSS so that field trips provide a fun complement to classroom learning.
Please let us know if there is a special topic you would like to learn more about, as we can tailor lessons to your needs or interests. We can also book multiple visits to create a customized project-based learning experience.
Virtual Field Trips
We are working on creating a series of four short videos to allow you and your students to experience the farm from your classroom or distance learning location. Each video will cover a typical field trip rotation (e.g. compost, farm animals, planting / harvesting, and local food systems), and they are designed to watch either individually or as a set. Upon booking your virtual field trip, we will send you a link to the videos and arrange for an educator to join you and your students after your viewing session for a 30 minute discussion. We will provide additional learning resources to complete during the virtual field trip as well as before or after. If you are interested in a virtual field trip, please contact our Education Coordinator, Sierra Reiss, on 619-562-0096 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Scheduling your Visit
We are currently booking field trips and group activities on the following days and times:
Mondays and Tuesdays: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursdays: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
The maximum group size we can accommodate currently (due to COVID-19) is 20. This will be updated as COVID restrictions change.
Groups of 10 or fewer: flat rat of $100
Groups of 11 or more: $10 per person
Teachers and up to two chaperones are free of charge. Additional chaperones are charged at $5 per person.
A deposit of $100 paid in advance is required to hold your requested date; the balance will be collected on the day of your visit.
Add-ons: We offer groups the opportunity to extend their visit by staying for a 30 minute lunch in our barn and a 30 minute nature walk. These activities are charged at $5 per person for the hour (teachers and up to two chaperones excluded) to cover the cost of educator time, as well as sanitation and trash disposal. We can currently safely accommodate up to 20 people for lunch in the barn with appropriate social distancing.
Waiver and COVID-19 Screening
Your school or 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. In addition to our liability waiver, we also require visitors to follow specific COVID-19 protocol:
Each school / organization will read, sign, and return our COVID Procedures and Requirements Agreement (provided when you book your visit).
Each visitor must consent to wearing a mask and having their temperature checked upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4’F will be sent home.
Teachers must complete a set of COVID screening questions with their students on the day of the trip, prior to arrival, and verify this has been completed. A screening form will be provided when you book your visit.
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. Our lesson plans are based on Next Generation Science Standards to help teachers complete academic goals and complement classroom learning.
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: Our education team 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: Payment of a non-refundable $100 deposit is required to hold your date. Upon payment of the deposit, we will send you a confirmation email with an updated invoice to reflect the balance, due on the day of your visit.
Q: Can we have lunch on the farm?
Yes! We offer a one-hour add-on that includes lunch in our barn and a 30 minute nature walk on our local trails, led in small groups by our educators. If you would like to add this option, please select it on the application. An additional fee of $5 per person is charged for this activity (excluding teachers and up to two chaperones). The helps to cover educator time, as well as the costs of sanitation and trash disposal.
Q: Can parents join a school field trip?
Parents are welcome to participate! Teachers and up to two chaperones may attend without additional cost. The number of accompanying adults influences the number of educators required for the field trip: after two chaperones, the fee for each additional adult/parent is $5.
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.
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 San Diego Gas and Electric, we are able to keep rates as low as possible to provide opportunity for more schools to visit our farm.
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