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.
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.
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.
With the precautions being taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, New York Beef Council and New York Agriculture in the Classroom is offering teachers and students of all grades the opportunity to connect individually to this virtual field trip, which will be live streamed via Facebook and nybeef.org.
DATE: Thursday, May 7
TIME: 10 a.m. Eastern
Students will visit O’Mara Farms, owned by Paul and Cindy O’Mara and located in Madison County, New York. The diversified farm grows crops including (corn, wheat, barley, rye, hay and snap beans) along with a Black Angus cow/calf herd. Chrissy Claudio, her husband Cory, and their daughter Addison joined the team in 2017. Farmer Chrissy will show students how the family cares for 450 head of cattle, which includes the delivery of over 140 calves annually. Students will learn about the beef life cycle, cattle care and environmental stewardship practices on the farm.
If you are a teacher or school administrator requesting that your students watch this trip as part of your curriculum, please click here to complete an online registration form. This will enable us to send you further updates and resources, and notify you when registration is open for new virtual field trips.
If you are a parent or student interested in watching this tour, there is NO need to register for this trip. Please click here for details on how to view the tour from home.
All registrants may request a recording of a trip to share with your classroom if unable to attend a live trip.-