School Programs

CORE VALUES OF OUR SCHOOL PROGRAMS 

  • Introduce students to the largest tract of undisturbed farmland in NYC
  • Interpret our 300+ year history of farming in Queens
  • Inspire discovery of the colonial life of original landowners, the Adriance family
  • Use curricula that focuses on inquiry, observation, and hands-on activities
  • Teach students about the elements of a small-scale, urban working market vegetable & livestock operation
  • Present concepts of sustainability and environmental preservation
  • Explore how Queens Farm positively impacts our current food system 

PLANNING YOUR VISIT

 

Queens Farm offers seasonal programming for school groups from October - June. We offer a morning program for camp groups June - August. Please call or email our Education Department for information and reservations:

  • 718-347-3276, Ext. 310 or 302
  • education@queensfarm.org 

Program hours: 10:00am - 12:00pm

 

Payment: You will be issued an invoice upon making a reservation. Full payment is due three weeks before your trip. If payment is not received by the due date indicated on your invoice, your trip is considered canceled.

 

Registration minimums: All guided programs are offered for a minimum of 25 people per class/group. You may reserve a program for fewer people, but you are obligated to pay the fee for 25 people (this enables us to cover staff/supply costs).

 

Registration maximums: Once you make a reservation, the number of spaces you reserve represents students and parents and is the maximum number of people you can bring for your trip.

 

Chaperones: Parent chaperones are charged admission and we recommend 2-3 parents per class. Teachers, paraprofessionals and other school/organization staff are not charged admission.

 

Hayrides: Hayrides are included in several programs (Seed to Pumpkin, Farmyard in Fall, and Animal Adventures). Hayrides can be added to fall and spring programs for an additional $1/person.

 

Lunch: If you wish to bring a bagged lunch, you can reserve lunch space when you register for your program from 12:00pm - 12:30 pm.

 

Weather: All programs are rain or shine, and most aspects of our programs occur outdoors. Cancellations are at the discretion of Queens Farm. Refunds are not offered if you choose to cancel your program due to weather.

  

PROGRAMS BY SEASON

 

FALL (October 5 - November 13)

Registration begins Tuesday, September 8th, 2015


The Farmyard in Fall (PreK - 12th grade)

What is happening at Queens Farm in the fall? This comprehensive outdoor tour explores the many aspects of our historic, working, sustainable farm. Students learn about what crops we are growing, how we integrate livestock into our practices, and how we recycle food scraps! This program includes a hayride and students have the opportunity to feed a snack of alfalfa to our goats!

FEE: $7 per person

 

Seed to Pumpkin (PreK - 3rd grade)

What’s autumn without pumpkins? Students are introduced to the life cycle of the pumpkin from seed to plant. They will also explore plant seasonality, pollination, and uses of pumpkins both historically and today. Every student will pick their own small pumpkin from our patch, receive a guided tour of our working farm and take a hayride.

FEE: $8 per person

 

Colonial Kids: Apple Cider Pressing (1st - 8th grade)

New York state is the second largest producer of apples in the country! Students learn about this significant and popular fruit through discussing the seasonality of apple orchards and the pollination process. They are introduced to colonial history and food preservation with our apple cider presses, and take part in cider-making. Each student brings home a small bottle of pasteurized cider. This program includes a guided tour of our working farm and historic orchard.

FEE: $7 per person 

 

Compost Explorers (2nd - 12th grade)

The powerful ecological value of compost comes to life in this hands-on workshop. Through a series of exploratory activities, students engage with our compost exhibit and demonstration site to learn the basic science of compost. Farm educators teach how we make and use compost at Queens Farm and why it’s important to divert food waste from landfills. Students and teachers take home a resource kit, to begin composting in school or home.

FEE: $8 per person

 

 


WINTER
(November 16 - March 31)

Registration begins Tuesday, September 8th, 2015


Fabrics from the Farm (K - 5th grade)

Where does fiber come from? At Queens Farm, we raise sheep and alpaca, both of which provide us with warm woolens used to make beautiful yarns. Students learn about raising livestock for value-added products, and how sheep’s wool was turned into fiber during colonial times. Age-appropriate demonstrations and hands-on activities teach the process of turning natural fibers into fabric. Visits to our sheep and alpaca are included, weather permitting.

FEE: $7 per person

 

Quilting: History, Culture, Math & More! (K - 5th grade)

It’s more than just a warm blanket on your bed--explore history, culture, and design with this historic, American art form. Through examination of quilts throughout time and from around the world, students learn why quilts were important in colonial times and how they can be used to tell stories, represent cultures, and contain elements of design and geometry. Each student designs their own quilt square which can be constructed into a finished quilt for display in the classroom.

FEE: $7 per person

 

Colonial Kids: In the Farmhouse Kitchen (4th - 8th grade)

What was life like for a New York City Dutch farming family in 1772? Inside of our 18th century kitchen, students learn about food preparation, food preservation and chores of the colonial child. They assist with preparing vegetable soup, cornbread, and freshly churned butter. Students take a brief outdoor tour while their soup and bread are cooked and return indoors to enjoy the flavors of colonial recipes around the fire.

Fee: $8 per person

Note: Our historic farmhouse can only accommodate one class per day (35 people maximum).

 

 

 

SPRING (April 1 - June 10)

Registration begins Monday, January 4th, 2016 


The Farmyard in Spring (PreK - 12th grade)

Springtime at Queens Farm brings lots of activity! This comprehensive outdoor tour explores the many aspects of our historic, working, sustainable farm. Students learn about what crops are being planted, how we integrate livestock into our practices, and how we recycle food scraps! This program includes a hayride and students have the opportunity to feed a snack of alfalfa to our goats!

FEE: $7 per person 

 

Spring Chickens (K - 5th Grade)

Learn all about the life cycle and behavior of our free-range heritage breed hens. Students explore the details of embryology through an indoor presentation and then head out to our chicken coops to see our hens in action! A guided tour of our working farm is included.

FEE: $7 per person 

 

From the Ground Up (2nd - 8th Grade)

What does a plant need to grow? This program explores plant parts, photosynthesis, and the plant growth cycle. Students learn how our farmers utilize greenhouses and cold frames for plant propagation and season extension. Students transplant a seedling to bring back to the classroom. A guided tour of our working farm is included with specific focus on our growing fields and propagation areas.

FEE: $7 per person

 

Animal Adventures (PreK - 3rd Grade)

What types of animals live at Queens Farm? Students will learn more about the livestock we raise and how each animal benefits the farm. Age appropriate, hands-on activities help connect students to the value-added products we get from farm animals.

FEE: $8 per person

 

What’s the Buzz? Queens Farm Honeybees! (2nd - 8th Grade)

Honeybees are fundamental to our food system. Through an indoor presentation students will be introduced to the life and behavior of honeybees and learn how bees pollinate many of crops we eat every day. Students learn about added-value products through a candle-making activity and taking home an edible honey stick. This program is complemented by a tour of our working farm with specific observation time spent in our apiary.

FEE: $7 per person

 

Colonial Kids: Farmhouse Life (3rd - 8th Grade)

Step inside our 18th century farmhouse to learn about the life of Dutch farmers, Jacob and Catherine Adriance. Students will explore period artifacts and learn about daily lifestyles and family roles of an early NYC family. Select from one of the following additional activities:

 

     A) Churn and taste butter with an 18th century churn

     B) Writing with quill pens with ink, an intro to 18th century schooling

 

A brief outdoor tour of our herb garden and historic farmland is included.

FEE: $7 per person

Note: Our historic farmhouse can only accommodate one class per day (35 people maximum).

 

 

 

SUMMER (June 13 - August 31) 
Registration begins Friday, April 1st, 2016


Summer Farmyard Adventure

What does summertime look like at Queens Farm? This comprehensive walking tour explores the many aspects of our historic, working, sustainable farm. Students will learn about what crops our farmers are growing and harvesting, how we integrate livestock into our practices, and how we recycle food scraps! This program includes a hayride and students have the opportunity to feed a snack of alfalfa to our goats!

FEE: $7 per person

 


 

Animal Education Programs (Fall and Spring only)
Call 718-470-0224 for information on Animal Education Programs
.