Class Trips/OPEX

Where better to learn about nature, animals, farming, and environmental concerns than here at Stony Kill Farm? Our Mission is to teach children and their families about our rich agricultural heritage, to learn more about the farm to table movement and the environmental challenges we face. Students will engage in activity and inquiry based programs that will foster a better understanding of our mission and the importance of being good stewards of our planet. We offer programs for elementary through middle school children. We have also worked with Girl & Boy Scouts Troops of all ages, pre-schools, and can accommodate children with disabilities.

Our most popular educational experience is Operation Explore, which is open to all schools groups, grades k-6. The activities are tailored to the age of your group. Modules, described below, focus on different elements of our rich agricultural, historical and environmental programs that are conducted year- round. Bring a snack and/or your lunch and have a picnic outdoors or indoors. Please call our Program Director at 845-831-3800 to make a reservation for your school group.

MODULES:There are 4 modules that we offer. For a half-day program you pick 2, and for a full-day program you attend all 4.

hens2Module 1: Farm Animals
Students learn about the needs of farm animals and their habits and about our close connection with the animals.

Module 2: The Watershed
Students learn about where their water comes from and how fragile our watershed is. They will participate in a hands-on activity to highlight various types of water pollution.
greenhouseplantsModule 3: The Greenhouse
Students will learn about the delicate balance in nature; what plants need to thrive; sustainability; and organic gardening. Students will enjoy a sensory experience scavenger hunt.

Module 4: Johnny Cakes
Through a brief historical discussion of farming and the history of Stony Kill, students will participate in making and sampling Johnny Cakes and homemade butter.
Students will also participate in a seasonal craft or art project to take home.

IMG_8585Alternate Module 4: The Native Americans
In this module, students will learn about the Native Americans that lived at Stony Kill, the Wappinger Indigenous people. Through artifacts and historical references, they will learn about the Native American beliefs and treatment of the animals and the land. This is a perfect module for fourth grade students, as it ties in beautifully with the curriculum.

Can’t come to us? We’ll come to you! We offer many seasonal programs that we can take right into school. Call or email us for more information on bringing our programs into your school.