Arcadia Farm hosts field trips for DC and VA schools, which are designed to connect pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students (and other interested groups) with where food comes from while meeting age-appropriate curriculum standards.
A field trip to Arcadia Farm begins with a scavenger hunt, where students familiarize themselves with the farm through sensory observation. Students then become farmers, rotating through a series of interactive stations where they explore such topics as soil and compost, edible plant parts, plant life cycles, pollination and pest control, livestock and nutrition. Skills students will practice include measuring, adding/subtracting, active observation, critical thinking, making predictions, written/oral presentation and cooperative learning.
Although our program is designed for kindergarten through 5th grade students, we love to host special trips for high school students, scout troops, environmental clubs and more. Email Heather (Heather@arcadiafood.org) to discuss your group's needs.
After a farm field trip, students will be able to make the connection that healthy, fresh food comes from the earth, and will understand the process of growing food sustainably. Students will be familiar with and recognize fruits and vegetables that grow near Washington, DC, so that they will be more likely to eat those healthy foods when they see them in the cafeteria or at home.
Arcadia Farm hosts Field Trips on Thursdays and Fridays from April 20 - June 2 and October through early November 2017. Wednesday Field Trips are available for groups of 20 students or less.
In order to cover the cost of staff, materials and upkeep on the farm, schools are charged a small fee for field trips on the farm. Field trip fees range between $100 and $400 and are calculated according to the percentage of students eligible for Free or Reduced Price (FRP) Meals at your school.
Every participating school must mail in a $50 deposit upon registration, which will be put towards the field trip fee. The deposit will not be returned if a school cancels during the two weeks prior to a scheduled field trip, unless Arcadia cancels due to inclement weather. Payment of the field trip fee is due in full on the date of the field trip. The fee increases $5 per day for each day it is late. Schools must pay for their own transportation to and from the farm. Click HERE for bus funding ideas.
Download our full payment and cancellation policy HERE.
For more information, please contact Heather Johnson at Heather@arcadiafood.org. After you fill out the online registration form, we will contact you to confirm the date and logistics of your field trip, discuss specific curriculum connections, and tailor the trip to your specific needs. Space is limited. Reserve your trip TODAY!
Arcadia Farm Field Trips are DC Farm to School Approved!
We hope to see you out at Arcadia Farm soon!