Programs for 3rd – 5th Grade

Located along the Potomac River, our campus provides the perfect setting for students to get hands-on and minds-on in an outdoor, natural environment. Throughout their time on the farm, students will explore scientific and other academic concepts through authentic experiences. These classes are designed for grades 3 to 5, with age-appropriate activities, and include a wagon ride.


 

Programs

Day Program

These classes are designed for grades 3 to 5, 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.

Activities: Please scroll down for a list of available activities.

   Overnight ProgramExperience the farm.

The overnight program consists of two days of age-appropriate activities, which typically run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Day 1) and 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Day 2).

Activities: Please scroll down for overnight program overview.

Fees: Contact us at 301-292-5665 or [email protected].

Scheduling: For information about scheduling visit our scheduling page or call 301-292-5665.

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


 

Day Program Activities Overview

These classes are designed for grades 3 to 5, 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.

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.

 

Down to Earth
Students will model different ways humans have changed the land around Hard Bargain Farm, including our Children’s Garden, and then test how water affects or is affected by these changes. Also, students will use hands-on methods to identify different types of soil, trace the energy of their food back to the energy from the sun, plant and harvest food according to the seasons, and investigate pollinators and decomposers who do the behind the scenes work of making our garden grow. Students will take a wagon ride between activities.
Standards: Supports NGSS 3-LS1-1, 4-LS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 5-PS1-3, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS2-1.
Time: 3-4 hour program Max Students: 40
Note: Offered March – November

 

Fish Adaptations
Students will investigate the structural adaptations fish have developed to survive in different habitats. They will dissect fish to make close observations of these structures, and take a wagon ride to the Potomac River to connect their observations to the larger habitat.
Standards: Supports NGSS 3-LS4-3; 4-LS1-1; 4-LS2-1
Time: 3-4 hour program Max Students: 25
Note: An additional $150 fee applies to this class

 

Hunt, Gather, Grow
People have lived at this site in Accokeek for at least 10,000 years, finding food, clothing and shelter in this woodland-riverine environment. Students will travel through time as they experience the lives of people who lived here hundreds of years ago and people who lived here a few decades ago, and then connect this experience to their current lives. They will use recreated artifacts to explore how ancient people used natural resources to live, work, and play. They will also experience our 1950’s era working family farm and observe food webs in action. They will explore the barnyard and pastures, meet goats, chickens, cow, and sheep, and connect the myriad of products we use in our daily lives to their plant and animal sources. From our hilltop, students will be able to find their place in the watershed and have an expansive view of how earth’s systems interact. Students will take a wagon ride between activities.
Standards: Supports C3 D2.Eco.3.3-5, D2.Geo.5.3-5, D2.His.2.3-5  

Standards: Supports NGSS 4-LS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2, 5-PS2-1, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS2-1, and 5-ESS2-1

Time: 3-4 hour program Max Students: 40
No additional notes for this program

 

Rivers in Action
Students will develop a hands-on model of how human land use can be affected by the power of water, especially how it changes the shape of land. They will then generate possible solutions that could reduce the effects of weather events on humans. Students will then explore the forest, swamp, and marsh habitats between Hard Bargain Farm and the Potomac River, making observations of the plants and wildlife that live in the different ecosystems in order to identify some of the adaptations that allow them to survive in this habitat. Additionally, students will look for evidence of how the landscape has changed over time due to weathering (especially erosion) and human impact. Students will investigate how these factors may affect the wildlife who make their home here. Students will hike and take a wagon ride to and from the Potomac River.
Standards: Supports NGSS 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 4-PS3-3, 4-LS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-1, and 5-ESS3-1
Time: 3-4 hour program Max Students: 40
Note: An additional $50 fee applies to this class

 

Up a Creek
Students will hike through diverse forest habitats to a stream where they will investigate the macroinvertebrates who live there and how the diversity of these creatures can inform our conclusions about water quality of the Accokeek Creek watershed (a tributary of the Potomac River). Students will then take a wagon ride to the river to connect their observations of the tributary to the larger Potomac River Watershed.
Standards: Supports NGSS 3-LS3-4; 4-LS1-1.
Time: 3-4 hour program Max Students: 40
No additional notes for this program

 

Canoe Exploration
Students will explore Piscataway Creek by canoe and the Potomac River on foot to investigate the interdependent relationships of producers, consumers, and decomposers in different habitats. Students will also observe the positive human impact of our Living Shore Line, the infrastructure that prevents the erosion of our shoreline. Additionally, students will look for evidence of how the landscape has changed over time due to weathering (especially erosion) and human impact, and they will investigate how these factors may affect the wildlife who make their home here. Students and chaperones will ride the hay wagon down to the canoe launch.
Standards: Supports NGSS 5-ESS3-1, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS2-1
Time: 4 hour program Max Students: 30
Notes: This class is offered only for students in 5th grade and higher. Only offered in late spring through early fall. Water + air temp must be 120° F. An additional $250 fee is associated with this program.

 



 

Overnight Program Activities Overview

Day 1 of the program consists of two classes, each group of 10 to 15 students will do both classes: one in the morning and the other in the afternoon after a Trash-free lunch. The day typically runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm, followed by a Wagon Ride to the Potomac River (weather permitting).

Day 2 of the program begins at 8:00am in the barnyard for Cow Milking and Antique Tools or Children’s Garden. We will be in the garden during the warmer weather and the Antique Tools Class will be taught during the colder months.  The students will participate in a role playing activity, Who Polluted the Potomac?,  that reveals students’ connection to the environment of the Potomac River.

Fees: please call 301-292-5665 or e-mail the program manager at [email protected].

Scheduling: For information about scheduling visit our scheduling page or call 301-292-5665.