Virtual Field Trips
Food and agriculture experiences come to life for students during farm visits, and now an opportunity to give a look behind the barn doors is more accessible than ever with a virtual field trip.
With field trip and transportation funding becoming more scarce every school year, you can still give your students an interactive look at farms and food-related industries. Live virtual field trips are engaging because students will have the chance to ask the farmers questions in real time. Experiences will be developed for grades Pre-K through 12, and each individual field trip description will include the grade levels appropriate for an experience.
- Device connected to the internet
- Webcam, microphone, and speakers
- Access to Zoom
- Work with your school's IT staff to ensure these sites are not blocked
Before your Virtual Field Trip
Prior to your virtual field trip you will be shipped an Inquiry Box to help trigger the curiosity of students. The Inquiry Box will hold four to six items that may include a tool used on the farm, products that are essential to animal or plant health, a farm or food by-product, samples, and more. None of the items will come with a description, and all of the items will be discussed, viewed, or demonstrated during the virtual field trip.
Strategies to Consider with your Inquiry Box:
- Schedule an unboxing to build anticipation
- Students select an item, create a hypothesis of its use or function, research, and present findings to the class
- Place the items around the room and students move in stations to examine each item and hypothesize it's function
- Write a question about one or more item to ask the farmer
- During the field trip, students can check off which items they see, sharing locations or context of each item during your debrief
On the morning of the virtual field trip, each teacher will schedule a brief technology test with a New York Agriculture in the Classroom staff member. This will take place on the device and in the classroom to ensure that no firewalls or web filtering tools are blocking the web conferencing system, webcams, and microphones are all in good working order the day of the event. This will be scheduled early enough to be able to troubleshoot problems with the school IT staff before the scheduled field trip.
Upcoming Virtual Field Trips
Exciting new virtual field trip opportunities are in the works! Check back here for updates and more information.
Wool: Farm to Yarn
Bergen, New York and Greenwich, New York
Thursday, April 22, 2021
10am and 12:30pm
40 minutes in duration
Students will visit Orchard View Farm in Bergen, NY and Battenkill Fibers in Greenwich, NY.
Orchard View Farm began in 2002 with two sheep and has grown to as many as 50 ewes, depending on the time of year. Battenkill Fibers Carding & Spinning Mill was founded in 2009 and the mill produces 100-150lbs of artisan quality natural-colored and dyed semi-worsted yarn daily using refurbished traditional milling machinery. During this virtual field trip your students will see a sheep farm in action – watching lambs be fed, see sheep in their pasture, and learn about shearing. They will then witness how they raw wool is processed into yarn at the mill. Your students will have the opportunity to ask questions live to the farmer and mill owner.
There are two opportunities to connect for this virtual field trip at 10am and 12:30pm.