Programs for K – 2nd Grade

Flying on the Habitat Hike

Located along the Potomac River, students will get hands-on and minds-on in an outdoor, natural environment. Throughout their time on the farm, students will be able to explore scientific and other academic concepts in authentic experiences. These classes are designed for grades K to 2, with age-appropriate activities, and include a wagon ride. Students may eat lunch at the farm. The day typically runs from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

* Note: Times and activities may vary according to weather conditions, bus schedules, or special needs of the class participants and farm staff.


Scheduling: To reserve a date for your class trip, visit our scheduling page or call 301-292-5665.


 

Day Program Activities

 

Farm Animals and Wild Animals (Traditional HBF Program)
Students will experience our small 1950’s era working family farm and learn where their food comes from. Students will connect the animals they meet and the plants they observe to their survival needs and also connect them to the variety of products we use in our daily lives. They will explore the barnyard and pastures, meet goats, chickens, cow, and sheep, and connect food and fiber to their plant and animal sources. Students will also explore the forest, swamp, and marsh habitats between Hard Bargain Farm and the Potomac River and learn how to identify the habitat needs of the diverse wildlife that lives in these different ecosystems. Students will hike and take a wagon ride during their time on the farm.

 


 

Birds Up Close

Students use our extensive taxidermied bird collection to learn how to locate and identify our local birds. They will then differentiate between birds in different outdoor habitats. Students will also explore the forest, swamp, and marsh habitats between Hard Bargain Farm and the Potomac River to make additional observations of diverse wildlife that live in different ecosystems and learn how to identify their habitat needs. Students will take the wagon between activities.

Standards: Supports NGSS K-LS1-1; 2-LS4-1.

Time: 3-4 hour program

Max Students: 40

No additional notes for this program


 

Farm Animals and Wild Animals

Students will experience our small 1950’s era working family farm and learn where their food comes from. Students will connect the animals they meet and the plants they observe to their survival needs and also connect them to the variety of products we use in our daily lives. They will explore the barnyard and pastures, meet goats, chickens, cow, and sheep, and connect food and fiber to their plant and animal sources. Students will also explore the forest, swamp, and marsh habitats between Hard Bargain Farm and the Potomac River and learn how to identify the habitat needs of the diverse wildlife that lives in these different ecosystems. Students will hike and take a wagon ride during their time on the farm.

Standards: Supports NGSS K-LS1-1; 2-LS4-1; and K-ESS2-2.

Time: 3-4 hour program

Max Students: 60

No additional notes for this program


 

Farm Exploration

Students will experience our small 1950’s era working family farm and learn where their food comes from. Students will also learn to be both farmers and scientists as they explore our Children’s Garden. Students will identify the survival needs of the animals they meet and the plants they observe, then connect these organisms to the myriad of products we use in our daily lives. They will explore the barnyard and pastures, meet goats, chickens, cow, and sheep, and connect food and fiber to their plant and animal sources. Students will plant and harvest food according to the seasons, learn how plants “eat”, and investigate all the pollinators and critters that do the behind the scenes work of making our garden grow. Students will take a wagon ride between activities.

Standards: Supports NGSS K-LS1-1, K-PS3-1, 2-LS4-1, and K-ESS2-2.

Time: 3-4 hour program

Max Students: 40

Note: Offered March – November.


 

Farm Technology from Yesterday to Today

Students will experience our small 1950’s era working family farm and learn where their food comes from. Students will connect the animals they meet and the plants they observe to their survival needs and also connect them to the myriad of products we use in our daily lives. Students will have the opportunity to work with hand tools used on farms in the early 20th century. Students will connect these tools to modern day technology to demonstrate how it has changed over time and take a wagon ride. They will also explore the barnyard and pastures, meet goats, chickens, cow, and sheep, and connect food and fiber to their plant and animal sources.

Standards: Supports C3 D2.Eco.2.K-2; D2.Eco.3.K-2; D2.Geo.5.K-2; D2.His.2.K-2; D2.His.14.K-2. 

Standards: Supports NGSS K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, and 2-LS4-1

Time: 3-4 hour program

Max Students: 40

No additional notes for this program