Farmer: Farm Tour/Maple Sugaring (2 Hours)
Available in March Only
Spring is not only
the re-awakening of farm life, it is also a
time for harvesting an important forest product. Sugar Maple sap has
been collecting since late February and is now ready for processing
into syrup. During this comprehensive 30 minute addition to the basic
farm visit, students will learn how and when to tap for the sugary sap
that produces maple syrup, as well as be
able to sample raw sap and refined syrup. Cows, sheep, pigs and
chickens, are visited during the farm tour.
This is a unique
opportunity for students to witness first hand the process of sheep
shearing. Groups visiting during the month of April can schedule to
observe a half hour sheep shearing demonstration between
. There is no extra
charge, but groups must indicate their interest to observe at the time
of scheduling as the number of sheep to shear is limited. Sheep are
sheared only if a specific request in advance has been made by a group
and confirmed by us.
Fee: Free as addition to Farm Tour
and Wonders of Wool
Visible signs of Spring begin to appear in
April. Students will enjoy a fun way to discover the different
environments that make up the woodlands and waters of the Preserve on
an engine pulled hay wagon. The ride will stop at places of interest
to touch, smell and observe life on the Preserve.
Life returns to the
forest in the Spring and transforms it into
a world of song, smells and colors. Students will experience the
forest's plants and animals through activities which help them focus
and learn about the changing springtime forest around us. Students
will learn about the yearly life cycle of a tree using growth
analysis, leaves and sap flow.
A sensory investigation of plant, animal and
non-living components of the New England
forest. Discover how colors are used for camouflage, how shape
enhances function, and how size influences survival.
Discover the complex interactions of the forest ecosystem during this
hands-on day of study. Students will learn the producer, consumer and
decomposer organisms; measure the physical factors which influence
which species inhabit the ground cover,
understory and canopy zones; and investigate the growth and
survival strategies of the forest's plants and animals.
As hatchery, nursery
or grocery the pond is a community that fulfills many needs for the
plants and animals that live in and around it. We will take a close-up
look at this water habitat during a walk around the pond locating the
inlet and outlet, shoreline sampling, and examination of pond
inhabitants at the
This program will lead students into an investigation of the
ecology of the pond and its watershed, focusing on the plant and animal
relationships in this watery environment. Includes aquatic
boat tour and shoreline sampling.
During this in-depth study students will learn the producer, consumer
and decomposer organisms of the pond ecosystem. Students will
investigate the watershed, conduct water tests, collect and examine
organisms. The day will focus on the relationships between plants and
animals and their environment.
A program scheduled during our prime season (Sept. 15th - Dec. 1st and April 1st
to the end of school) that starts before 11:00a.m. and does not end by 11:30a.m.
will have a daily minimum per instructor fee of $280 for a Field Trip and $300
for an Out to School program.
more information or to schedule your trip, please call us at (860)