Programs at the Farm



Nature Nuts

Session I: Sept. 9 – Oct. 16, 2020 | Session II: Oct. 19 – Nov. 25, 2020


Join us for Nature Nuts, an outdoor enrichment program for early childhood and elementary-age students, filled with outdoor adventures, laughter, and learning. Featuring six-week sessions in the morning or afternoon.

Each session will be led by experienced educators. Students will enjoy outdoor activities focused on being in nature while learning, and engaging in physical activity. Activities will include discovering the farm, meeting our cows, goats, sheep and other barnyard animals, diving into scavenger hunts and hiking, becoming a nature detective, exploring plants and pollinators in the children’s garden, exploring the wet meadow and much more.

Safety note: All educators and students will wear masks and have daily temperature checks. Groups will be limited to 9 children.  Groups will remain the same for the duration of the session. COVID-19 CDC and Maryland State Guidelines will be followed.

Supporting our Community: The sessions are designed to get children outdoors and to help balance virtual learning.  Indoor and outdoor spaces will be available to parents/caretakers to work while students are engaged in the program.




Tuesdays & Thursdays – ages 4-6 (morning) and ages 8-10 (afternoon).

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – ages 4-6 (morning) and ages 6-8 (afternoon).




Session I – September 9, 2020 – October 16, 2020

Morning group: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM.  Ages: 4-6

Afternoon groups: 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Ages: 6-8 and 8-10


Session II – October 19, 2020 – November 25, 2020

Morning group: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM.  Ages: 4-6

Afternoon groups: 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Ages: 6-8 and 8-10



3-Day Program: 6 weeks at $90 per week.

2-Day Program: 6 weeks at $60 per week


If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected] or call at 240-210-4559.



Small Group and Family Visits


Wagon ride to the Potomac River

Join us at our historic Hard Bargain Farm educational campus to visit with the barnyard animals, explore the wetlands and woods with a nature hike or birdwalk, or discover where food comes form as you learn about farming and agriculture at our 1930’s era working farm. 

  • Welcoming small groups of 4-10 people
  • Enjoy fun, recreational activities during a 2-hour visit
  • Great way to get outside and discover nature and history
  • Dates available throughout the year
  • $15 per person, with a 4-person minimum


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Girls and Boy Scout Program


Are your scouts looking for their next big adventure? Scouts can earn badges as your group joins us at our outdoor environmental education center. Discover a 330-acre historic working farm, its farm animals, and land. Explore wetlands, forests and fields on the shore of the Potomac River.

We also have overnight cabins available for weekend rentals by Scout troops, non-profit groups and community organizations. Facilities include bunkrooms for up to 40 persons, large meeting rooms, catering kitchen and spacious outdoor setting. Fire rings are available for campfires and cooking (hot dogs, marshmallows), and a cozy log cabin with a fireplace may also be used for evening activities.  

Scheduling: For information about scheduling, contact Brenda at [email protected] or call at 240-210-4559.






Homeschool Adventures at Hard Bargain Farm

2021 Session Dates TBD


Spend the day on our 330-acre riverfront working farm with the educators of Hard Bargain Farm. Our unique program for home-schooled students and their families features hands-on learning stations focused on topics in science and agricultural education. Classes are held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, with the last rotations beginning around 1:00 pm. Lessons will begin on the half-hour and top of the hour, leaving from the Cafritz Environmental Center. The lessons are geared towards children ages 5 through 12 years old.

Tickets are $10 per child with a family rate for families with three or more children of $30. Adult head count will also be needed, so please register appropriately.  Note: Adults must accompany students at all times. Remember to pack a trash-free lunch for a picnic on the hillside.

If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected] or call at 240-210-4559.