Programs for PreK – 3rd Grade
The three major concepts that are taught during your trip to Hard Bargain Farm are watershed, biodiversity and adaptations, and cycles. Located on the Potomac River, students will see a watershed up close and personal, and learn how the land use decisions of our working farm influence the watershed.
The core curriculum for field studies is comprised of the Habitat Hike and Farm Life Exploration programs. Throughout the hike and on the farm, students will make observations of biodiversity and how certain species of plants and animals have adapted to these ecosystems. Students will also study the energy cycle by identifying producers, consumers and decomposers in food chains and food webs.
These classes are adaptable to grades Pre-K to 3, with age-appropriate activities, and include a wagon ride. Students will complete one activity before and the other after a thirty-minute lunch break. 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.
Fees: $12.00 per student. No fee for teachers and one chaperone for each 5 to 10 students, depending upon age. Parents and additional chaperones may be charged at the student rate. Group size is limited to no more than 60 students.
Scheduling: For information about scheduling visit our scheduling page or call 301-292-5665.
Students experience a small 1950’s era working family farm to discover where their food comes from, help with farm chores, and learn how technology has changed over time. They will explore the barnyard and pastures, meet goats, geese, chickens, cows and sheep, and relate food and fiber to their plant and animal sources.
As students explore the diverse ecosystems of Hard Bargain Farm, they learn how plants and animals adapt to their surroundings and connect in complex energy webs. They will recognize the importance of biodiversity and how the delicate balance of nature can be upset by human intervention.
In our half-acre working vegetable garden, students have the opportunity to experientially learn about how food is grown and take part in its production. They share in the seasonally appropriate tasks of soil preparation, weeding, planting and harvesting and, when possible, also share in tasting the garden’s bounty as well. Because the site is also a haven for pollinators, students have the opportunity to observe the interplay between native pollinators and our food systems and watch the farm’s foraging honey bees.