Groups at the farm
We offer discounted admission and workshops to school groups. You and your group are invited to visit the animals, explore our new nature trail through the woods, investigate new indoor and outdoor play areas, and have snack and lunch at our picnic tables.
Groups received discounted admission of $4 per participant. 1 adult chaperone is free for every 5 students. Additional adults are $4 each. Please make sure there is at least 1 adult for every 5 children. If you have a specific date you want to reserve please click here to fill out the reservation form or email email@example.com.
We are committed to making Retreat Farm accessible to all children regardless of ability to pay. Please email Lu Neuse, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss scholarship options.
We offer the following fun and educational WORKSHOPS for a small added cost of $4 per person:
Anatomy of a Cow
LIFE CYCLE OF A CHICKEN
From Sunshine to Milk
Ice Cream Making
Shelters and Fairy Houses
Tea from the Garden and Landscape
BREAD AND BUTTER
Anatomy of a Cow | preschool - second grade
Learn how a cow processes food and makes milk. We will turn a member of your group into a dairy cow, then meet some real cows and feed them some hay.
Cheesemaking | kindergarten and older
Cheesemaking is a cherished piece of Vermont culture. Come learn about the cheesemaking process; you’ll make and enjoy fresh cheese in our kitchen, taste test the whey and feed the rest to our pigs. When possible, we’ll visit our neighbors at Grafton Cheese and see cheesemaking on a larger scale.
Cider Pressing | any age | September-October
Cider is the taste of fall in Vermont, and it is a classic example of how farmers turn less valuable, imperfect produce into something wonderful. Together we will use our muscles to transform bruised, "utility-grade" apples into delicious cider using a hand-cranked cider press.
Life Cycle of a Chicken | any age
Are you fascinated by chickens? Explore your passion during this workshop where we’ll follow the life stages of a chicken. We’ll collect some eggs, visit the chicks, and head up to the rest of our flock all while learning about the life cycle of a chicken.
From Sunshine to Milk | third - sixth grade
How does sunshine turn into milk and other delicious dairy products? We will talk about the magic of photosynthesis, the digestive system of a cow, and all energy and effort that goes into the dairy products we enjoy.
Ice Cream Making | any age
Taste the sweet simplicity of making your own ice cream here on the farm. Learn what goes into ice cream during this hands on workshop.
Plant Magic | any age | April - October
Depending on the season and your group, we may spend plant some starts to take home, spend time in our Children’s Garden, investigate the native plants growing in our forest, or explore the ways seeds disperse themselves around the farm. We will also most likely taste-test some delicious growing things. This workshop is adaptable to fit your classroom curriculum.
Shelters and Fairy Houses | preschool - third grade
Fairies, sprites, leprechauns and more; cultures from across the world have celebrated forest creatures. We’ll read a story about one these magical beings before heading into the forest to build a home for whichever forest friend you choose.
Tea From the Garden and Landscape | first - third grade
Plants from around the world are used to make different kinds of tea. In this workshop we’ll learn about and gather ingredients from our own forest and brew a pot to share.
Snowshoeing | any age | weather permitting
Join us in exploring the forest in winter. We’ll help everyone get fitted in their snowshoes before taking a 45 minute hike through the forest. If we’re lucky we may stumble upon some animal tracks and signs! Snowshoes provided.
Bread and Butter | kindergarten and older
In this tasty workshop we’ll make our own butter and bake biscuits from scratch. For third grade and up and weather permitting, this could be an outdoor workshop cooking over an open fire.
Farm Crafts | any age
We know that our food comes from farms, but farm animals also supply fiber for our clothing and blankets. During this workshop, we’ll learn first-hand about fiber-producing animals and use wool from our own sheep to make a felted toy or decoration to bring home.