Programs at the Farm


Nature Nuts Play Pods

Join us for Nature Nuts, an outdoor play pod program for early childhood and elementary-age students, filled with outdoor adventures, laughter, and learning.  Featuring small group play pod options in the morning or afternoon.

Many families are trying to figure out what to do to keep their kids safe, active, and healthy socially and emotionally during this pandemic. We have the answer!  Students will enjoy outdoor activities focused on being in nature while learning, and engaging in physical activity.  Each session will be led by experienced, certified educators. 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.

COVID-19 Safety Measures: All educators we will wear masks and we will have daily temperature checks for everyone. Children will wear masks if indoor time is required due to inclement weather.  We will have a contactless drop off.  Pods will not intermix and will be the same for the duration of the session. Group sizes will be limited and COVID-19 CDC and Maryland Early Childhood State Guidelines will be strictly followed and enforced.  All families will be expected to sign a waiver and commit to these guidelines.

Work While They Play: Parents and caretakers are invited to stay on site (free wifi available) in our outdoor spaces while the kids are participating in the programs. This is a great option for parents who want to use this time to work, or would like to skip the extra driving.

Please see our Parent Packet for a sample schedule, Frequently Asked Questions, more about our health and safety measures, and additional information about the program.


Nature Nut Mondays & Wednesdays

Join us for five weeks of adventures at this morning or afternoon play pod.




Mornings | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Afternoons | 1:00 PM – 3:30PM


Monday Sessions

(Morning Sessions Only)



Wednesday Sessions

(Morning and Afternoon Sessions)



Ages: 4 and up

Cost: $125 per child. No refunds. 


Summer Nature Nuts

Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays for three weeks of adventures at this morning play pod.




Session Dates

(One session on Tuesdays and Thursdays for three weeks)

June 29 and July 1
July 13 and July 15
July 20 and July 22


Ages: 4 and up

Cost: $150 per child. No refunds. 

Email [email protected] or call at 301-292-5665 if you have any questions. We will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday – Friday (9AM-5PM).





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


Click here to learn more and submit your information.



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 [email protected] or call at 301-292-5665.






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 301-292-5665.