Educational programs at Cedar Circle Farm are interdisciplinary investigations into agriculture and the natural world.
Students of all ages are engaged through inquiry-based learning experiences led by experienced and knowledgable teachers.
Our outdoor classroom includes forty acres of organic production fields, a riparian area along the Connecticut River, forested spaces, greenhouses, and more.
School programs at Cedar Circle Farm engage students and encourage authentic observations and experiences in a unique learning environment while providing opportunities to improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Programs often culminate with the application of new learning and the testing of new ideas.
Programs are structured with Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards in mind. Please let us know if you would like to know more about how our programs can help meet these standards.
Below is a list of a few of the programs we offer. We will gladly work with you to customize lessons or create new ones to suit your needs.
Pumpkin Science (K–3)
Pumpkin Science programs are offered October 6-30th.
After a wagon ride to our pumpkin patch, students will explore the life cycle of plants, including germination, pollination, plant parts and their functions. Each student can choose a pumpkin as large as they can carry, plus you can take one for the classroom.
The following programs are offered Monday-Friday, May-October.
Soil Science (K–12)
This lesson is a study of the world beneath our feet. We will compare and contrast the soil layers found in natural ecosystems with the soil that our farmers care for and cultivate season after season. We’ll explore the diversity of life in soil, the structure of soil, and the work our farmers put into their most valuable resource.
The Journey of Food (K–12)
Students explore the whole process a farmer undertakes as she plans in the winter, testing and preparing soils. Students explore the care farmers give their plants as they grow, helping the plants to battle disease and pests.
Nature in Agriculture (K–12)
The goal of organic agriculture is to produce healthy food in a healthy environment. Organic farmers depend widely on the natural environments in and around their farm. In this lesson, we’ll learn about how farmers work with the cycles and systems in nature to improve their farm ecosystems.
Organic Agriculture and the Global Climate (Grade 8–12)
Industrial agriculture is one of the most significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. In this lesson, students will learn about the environmental impacts the use of commercial and synthetic fertilizers have on our natural resources, as well as the atmosphere. Students will learn how organic and regenerative agriculture can help sequester atmospheric carbon and mitigate global climate change.
All of our guests are welcome to stay and use the farm as a site to have a picnic! Our fall pumpkin patch tours fill quickly — book early!
Fees for all programs are $6 per student. One chaperone per every ten students is welcome to join us at no charge. Each additional chaperone is $6.
For more information or to schedule a trip to the farm, call (802) 785-4737 or email our Education Manager, Eric Tadlock, firstname.lastname@example.org.
photo: Ben Fleishman