The educational programs at Cedar Circle Farm encourage the interdisciplinary study of agriculture and the natural world. Our experienced, knowledgeable educators engage students of all ages through inquiry-based learning experiences.
Field trips at the farm provide opportunities for students to make authentic observations in a unique learning environment and to improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Programs often culminate with the application of new learning and the testing of new ideas. We structure the programs with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards in mind.
Read below about our different field trip themes, and their suggested grade levels. We will modify activities and content within that theme to suit the grade level of your group. We will gladly work with you to customize lessons or create new ones to suit your needs.
All of our guests are welcome to stay and use the farm as a site to have a picnic.
Fees for all programs are $8 per student for a 90-minute field trip. If this is cost prohibitive for your school, please do not hesitate to reach out about our sliding scale.
To request more information or schedule a trip to the farm, fill out the form below and our education team will be in touch with you. If you have any questions contact Nora, our Education Programs Manager.
Pre-K to Grade 3
This program is offered in October. In addition to a tractor-drawn wagon ride to pick out a pumpkin, students will engage in an age-appropriate lesson about the life cycle of plants, as well as plant parts and their functions. Each student can choose a pumpkin as large as they can carry, plus teachers can take one for the classroom.
Seeds & Their Needs
Pre-K to Grade 8
Spring is a busy and exciting time at Cedar Circle Farm, and seeds are at the center of the action! Come explore with us as we investigate the role of seeds within the farm and the larger ecosystem. We will examine seeds from various crops, discover which are in the same plant family, and discuss why this matters on a farm. We will study what plants need to succeed, and the different ways plants form seeds. All participants will also plant their own seeds to bring home and care for!
Pollinators, Plants, and People
Pre-K to Grade 8
Summer is bustling at the farm, full of activity and bursting with color! We invite you to join us in experiencing the joys of the season on our journey around the farm using all of our senses. We will also consider how senses are integral to the survival of pollinators, plants, and people. This field trip includes a lot of taste testing, so come ready to harvest and try different crops!
Nature in Agriculture
K to Grade 12
The goal of organic agriculture is to produce healthy food in a healthy environment. Farmers depend widely on the natural environment in and around their farm. In this lesson we will ponder the impacts, both positive and negative, that farms and the surrounding ecosystems have on each other. Students will learn about how farmers work with the cycles in nature to improve their farm systems.
Secrets of the Soil
Grades 3 to 12
This lesson is a study of the world beneath our feet. We’ll explore the diversity of life in soil and the role these organisms play in growing food. Many farmers design their practices with soil life in mind, and we will discuss the ways they care for this valuable resource. We will also talk about how you can help return vital nutrients back to the soil by composting at home or school!
Organic Agriculture and the Global Climate
Grades 6 to 12
Agriculture is one of the most significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. In this lesson, we will contemplate the environmental impacts growing food has on our natural resources and the atmosphere. Students will learn how organic and regenerative agriculture can help farms adapt to and mitigate climate change.