Spring 2017 school tours & Summer Camper tours

 

                

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Flint Hill Farm Educational Center, Inc. is a 26-acre working horse-powered farm/ working goat and cow dairy located in beautiful Lehigh County, PA.  Operating on a farm that dates back to the 1850s Flint Hill Farm offers school tours that have been developed to heighten awareness of the relationship between food, farm, and family and to increase the understanding of water and soil conservation.  Recognizing the national crisis of obesity in our preschoolers, youth, pre-teens and teens, we have built nutrition and good food choices into each unique experience of our hands-on active learning.

Our programs enhance core requirements of the school’s curriculum.  Expertise comes not only from Flint Hill Farm staff but also through the relationships we have developed with Penn State University, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Penn State Extension Service, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Please review the options available and create a special tour package to meet your specific age group, time and budget. All programs designed to meet classroom curriculum codes for grade appropriate skills in math, science, biology, ecology and physical education.  When calling for information, please define student ages and curriculum focus.  Each group has a craft project designed for it.  Parents are encouraged to attend as directed by the Farm/School Educational legislative initiatives in Harrisburg.

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Fall/Winter: Take a tour of the farm with a focus on awareness of the coming winter. Harvest time focus on garden tour and planting of cool weather crops in the greenhouses. Take our "woods" and pasture walk to look at the trees, shrubs, and pasture changes. Markers identify native PA trees and shrubs. Visit the goats, sheep and horses and feel how their coats change! Our rabbits turn in their Spring/Summer colors for their Fall/Winter garb! Small felting projects, available for each child while visiting the blacksmith shop, allow for hands on fiber experience.

Spring, summer: Tour the farm buildings, including hands-on experiences with goats, chickens, sheep, and horses.  During the spring/summer each child visits the garden, the compost area and earth worm farm. Each student will feel the different components that make up healthy soil and have an age appropriate short educational session.   They will prepare a Dixie cup garden and plant a pumpkin seed to take home in the spring and seasonal plant in the summer.  The gift shop is open after tours.  Time: 2 hours and is suitable for students in grades k-3  (Science: seasonal changes, source of food and fiber, types of food eaten by the animals, birth of our goats if coming during kidding time)

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Our blacksmith shop is an indoor facility that accommodates 25 students and offers demonstrations in fashioning wall hooks or other household objects using the coal forge, anvil and authentic blacksmith vise from 1870.  Time:  45 minutes  and is suitable for students in grades 4-6 and up (Science: metals and their reaction to heat and pressure.  History: blacksmith and forge, use of horsepower and need for shoes. Math: problems added grade dependent)

Other activities include:

  • Hayride (indoor facility available for rain): including demonstration on harnessing and hitching team to wagon. Time: approx. 45 minutes, ride time can vary; wagon can accommodate 15 students per ride.   
  • Hayride Tractor driven-  Takes visitors into the back fields and has frequent stops to highlight farm animals and speciality sights 
  • Spinning & weaving demonstration: Hands-on for fleece, drop spindle, and wheel demonstration Students will create their own felting project to take home.  Complexity of the project depends of the age and ability of the students. Must wear clothing that will be forgiving if soiled.  Students will be handling fleece, soap and moderately hot water.  (Grades 4 and higher)
  • Forestry tour (weather permitting): Must wear appropriate shoes and outer clothing should be season appropriate. Please note that bug repellent is necessary during the summer.  The Bureau of Forestry has created a guided nature walk through the six acres of woods and surrounding fields.  Sustainable management of wooded areas will be discussed.  Students will be able to identify native trees and ground cover with the aid of picture handouts.  Time:  45 minutes to 90 minutes,  depending on age and depth of topic covered.
  • Cheesemaking: using milk that is produced by our cow and goat herd, students can participate in the cheese making process. Taste testing a must!
  • Colonial America vs present day America Farming -  Horse drawn equipement and wagon overview compared to present day tractor and machinery
  • Bees and Beehives-  must be scheduled with Eric Lipscomb.  call for information and times

For further information, please contact Kathy Fields at Flint Hill Farm, 1922 Flint Hill Rd, Coopersburg PA.  18036. Phone: 610-838-2928 or e-mail kathy@flinthill-farm.org.