School Group & Summer Programs

Queens Farm offers morning field trip programs for school groups from October - June. We offer morning programs for camp groups June - August. Our programs:

  • Introduce students to the largest tract of undisturbed farmland in NYC
  • Interpret our 300+ year history of farming in Queens
  • Inspire discovery of the colonial life of the Adriance family
  • Use curricula that focuses on inquiry, observation, and hands-on activities
  • Teach students about a small-scale, market vegetable & livestock operation
  • Present concepts of sustainability and environmental preservation
  • Explore how our farm positively impacts the food system 

Scroll down for a menu of programs and register online.

 

Questions? Contact the Education Department at:

(718) 347-3276 x115 or education@queensfarm.org.



PLAN YOUR VISIT

 

Program hours: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Payment: You will be issued an invoice upon making a reservation. Full payment is due three weeks before your trip. If payment is not received by the due date indicated on your invoice, your trip is considered canceled.

 

Registration minimums: All guided programs require a minimum of 20 people per class/group. You may reserve a program for fewer people, but are obligated to pay the fee for 20 people (this enables us to cover staff/supply costs).

 

Registration maximums: Once you make a reservation, the number of spaces you reserve represents students and parents and is the maximum number of people you can bring for your trip.

 

Chaperones: Parent chaperones are charged admission and we recommend 2-3 parents per class. Teachers, paraprofessionals and other school/organization staff are not charged admission. For summer programs, we charge per person including staff and offer one free admission for every 25 people.

 

Hayrides: Hayrides are included in several programs (Seed to Pumpkin, Farmyard in Fall/Spring, and Animal Adventures). Hayrides can be added to fall and spring programs for an additional $1/person.

 

Lunch: If you wish to bring a bagged lunch, you can reserve lunch space when you register for your program. Lunch takes place from 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm.  Our lunch areas are indoors, outdoors and picnic-style and are assigned based on availability.

 

  • In the fall season, our outdoor lunch areas can have yellow jacket activity. We do our best to manage these pests, but cannot prevent them from being on the farm. You have the option to return to school for lunch at 12pm if you choose.

 

Weather: All programs are offered rain or shine, and most aspects occur outdoors. Cancellations are at the discretion of Queens Farm. If you choose not to attend the trip due to inclement weather, call us by 8:30 am the day of your trip to cancel. Refunds are not offered, but you can reschedule within the school year.

PROGRAMS BY SEASON

WINTER (November 12, 2019 - March 31, 2020)
- Registration began September 3, 2019


Farm Fibers (K - 12th grade)

Does fashion begin on a farm? Students learn how Queens Farm raises livestock for fiber, cultivates our own plant based dyes, and the many techniques, historic and contemporary, used to turn fleece into cozy works of art. STEM learning comes alive when students meet our sheep and alpaca and hone their carding, spinning, and weaving skills with real sheep’s wool in our Fiber Lab.

FEE: $8 per person

 

Quilting Lab (K - 12th grade)

Examine quilts from around the world, and discover how they have been used to tell stories throughout American history. STEM learning comes alive when students put their geometry, creative problem solving, and practical sewing skills to the test in our Quilting Lab. Each student tells their own story by creating a square for a class quilt and receives an outdoor tour of the Farm, weather permitting.

FEE: $8 per person

 

18th Century Cooking (3rd -12th grade)

What was life like in Queens in 1772? Through the story of the 3rd generation Dutch farming family, students learn about NYC’s agricultural past pick up a few practical life skills like food preparation and preservation in our 18th century kitchen. Students assist in preparing vegetable soup, cornbread, and freshly churned butter. While soup and bread are cooked over the fire, an outdoor tour provides a view of the farm in the winter months. Students return indoors to enjoy the flavors of 18th century recipes around the fire.

FEE: $9 per person

Note: Our historic farmhouse can only accommodate one class per day (35 people maximum).

 

 

 

SPRING (April 1 - June 12, 2020)

- Registration begins January 2, 2020


Plants & Ecology

  • 2nd - 5th grade: What does a plant need to grow? This program explores plant parts, photosynthesis, and the plant growth cycle. Students learn how our farmers utilize greenhouses and cold frames for plant propagation and season extension. Students will transplant seedlings to bring back to the classroom. A guided tour of our working farm is included with specific focus on our growing fields and propagation areas.

FEE: $8 per person

 

  • 6th - 12th grade: How can organic farmers work with their local ecosystem to restore soil health and grow more nutritious food for their community? In this program, Students will observe the farming practices we utilize--crop rotation, drip irrigation, composting, season extension, integrated pest management -- and discuss solutions to the challenges climate change poses to our food system.

FEE: $8 per person

 

 

Pollinators

  • 2nd - 5th grade: Honeybees are fundamental to our food system. Through an indoor presentation students will be introduced to the life and behavior of honeybees and learn how bees pollinate many of crops we eat every day. Students learn about added-value products through a candle-making activity and taking home an edible honey stick. This program is complemented by a tour of our working farm with specific observation time spent in our apiary.

FEE: $8 per person

 

  • 6th - 12th grade: Can we survive without pollinators? Students observe the essential role of native and cultivated pollinators on our ecosystem and food system. Analyze how Queens Farm uses sustainable farming practices to preserve native habitats and encourage biodiversity while strengthening our community’s food system. Identify problems facing pollinator populations and discuss practical solutions to population decline.

FEE: $8 per person

 

History of New York City

  • 3rd - 5th grade: Step inside our 18th century farmhouse to learn about the life of Dutch farmers, Jacob and Catherine Adriance. Students will explore period artifacts and learn about daily lifestyles and family roles of an early NYC family. A brief outdoor tour of our herb garden and historic farmland is included. Select from one of the following additional indoor activities:

 

     A) Churn and taste butter with an 18th century churn

     B) Writing with quill pens with ink, an intro to 18th century schooling

 

FEE: $8 per person

Note: Our historic farmhouse can only accommodate one class per day (35 people maximum).

 

  • 6th - 12th grade: Journey through the history that shaped New York City. From the indigenous peoples to Dutch colonialism, Queens Farm showcases the 300-year history of agriculture as a way of life in NYC. Learn how this 17th century colonial homestead evolved to a bustling truck farm serving a growing city well into the 20th century. Analyze artifacts and architecture in the historic farmhouse to find evidence of how changing culture, politics and technology shaped the way New Yorkers live today.

 

FEE: $8 per person

Note: Our historic farmhouse can only accommodate one class per day (35 people maximum).

 

 

Animal Adventures (PreK - 3rd grade)

What types of animals live at Queens Farm? Students will learn more about the livestock we raise and how each animal benefits the farm. Hands-on activities, including butter churning, help connect students to the value-added products we get from farm animals. This program includes a hayride, tour of our working farm, and feeding a snack of hay to our goats.

FEE: $9 per person

 

Seasonal Farm Tour sponsored by Kohl's Cares & Cohen's Children's Hospital

  • PreK - 5th grade: This comprehensive outdoor tour explores our food system in the spring and the many aspects of our historic, sustainable farm. Students learn what crops we are growing, how we integrate livestock into our practices, and recycle food scraps into compost. This program includes a hayride and students have the opportunity to feed a snack of hay to our goats!

FEE: $8 per person

 

  • 6th - 12th grade: This outdoor tour explores regenerative agriculture by learning about the farming techniques we utilize to close waste loops, build healthy soil, restore biodiversity, and provide nutritious food to our community, without the use of chemical inputs. Additionally, students will be introduced to our livestock and learn about holistic planned grazing and its importance in reversing desertification and sequestering carbon to combat the climate crisis.

FEE: $8 per person

 

 

 

 

SUMMER (June 15 - August 28, 2020)

- Registration begins April 1, 2020


Summer Farmyard Adventure (PreK - 12th grade)

What does summertime look like at Queens Farm? This comprehensive walking tour explores the many aspects of our historic, working, sustainable farm. Students will learn about what crops our farmers are growing and harvesting, how we integrate livestock into our practices, and how we recycle food scraps! This program includes a hayride and students have the opportunity to feed a snack of hay to our goats!

FEE: $8 per person; 1 free admission for every 25 people

 

Compost

  • K - 5th grade: The powerful ecological value of compost comes to life in this hands-on workshop. Through a series of exploratory, hands on activities, students learn the basic science of compost, from the microbial food web living in our windrows to the nutrient balance needed to feed our crops. Farm educators demonstrate how we harness natural processes to divert food waste from landfills, reduce pollution, and restore soil health at Queens Farm using only the power of compost. Students make “seed balls” using a combination of compost, clay and wildflower seeds to bring back to school.

    FEE: $9 per person

    Note: This program can only accommodate one class per day (35 people maximum).


    6th - 12th grade: Students actively explore our compost site as an outdoor laboratory through a combination of reading, teamwork and hands-on experimentation. They will be introduced to the process of composting, and the important role it serves in diverting waste from landfills and mitigating the climate crisis. Using the knowledge they gather, small teams of students create a “Campaign for Compost” as a culminating activity.

FEE: $9 per person

       Note: This program can only accommodate one class per day (35 people maximum).

 

 

 

FALL (2020 dates TBD)
- Registration begins Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 9:00 am


 

Seasonal Farm Tour

  • PreK - 5th grade: This comprehensive outdoor tour explores our food system in the fall and the many aspects of our historic, sustainable farm. Students learn what crops we are growing, how we integrate livestock into our practices, and recycle food scraps into compost. This program includes a hayride and students have the opportunity to feed a snack of hay to our goats!

FEE: $8 per person

 

  • 6th - 12th grade: This outdoor tour explores regenerative agriculture by learning about the farming techniques we utilize to close waste loops, build healthy soil, restore biodiversity, and provide nutritious food to our community, without the use of chemical inputs. Additionally, students will be introduced to our livestock and learn about holistic planned grazing and its importance in reversing desertification and sequestering carbon to combat the climate crisis.

FEE: $8 per person

 

 

Seed to Pumpkin

  • K - 3rd grade: Students explore botanical and agricultural concepts like the seed cycle, seasonality, and pollination using an autumn favorite: the pumpkin! Learn how this squash shaped Native and early American history before it spiced your latte. Each student will pick their own small pumpkin from our patch, receive a guided tour of our working farm, take a hayride, and feed a snack of hay to our goats.

FEE: $9 per person


  • 4th - 8th grade: History and sustainability collide! Students learn how Native Americans influenced many of the popular crops of the Americas, including corn, tomatoes and squash. Through saving seeds and observing plants over time, they developed vibrant crop varieties and utilized companion planting -- a sustainable growing technique that is still used today. Each student will pick their own small pumpkin from our patch, receive a guided tour of our working farm, take a hayride, and feed a snack of hay to our goats.

FEE: $9 per person

 

 

Apple Cider Pressing

  • 1st - 5th grade: Find out how the apple has shaped lives throughout American history and learn a little about food preservation as you press fresh cider from antique presses. STEM savvy students get a taste of plant genetics while discussing the seasonality, propagation, and the pollination process needed to produce New York’s signature fruit. Each student will receive a small bottle of pasteurized cider and a guided tour of our working farm and historic orchard.

Fee: $8 per person

 

 

  • 6th - 8th grade: From Kazakhstan to Queens, apples are the perfect fruit to explore plant genetics, history, and the economy of agriculture. Students will discover how orchardists throughout history have produced New York’s second largest cash crop and the science that makes it all possible as they try their hand at our antique cider presses. They will receive a small bottle of pasteurized cider and a guided tour of our working farm and historic orchard.

Fee: $8 per person

 

Compost

  • K - 5th grade: The powerful ecological value of compost comes to life in this hands-on workshop. Through a series of exploratory, hands on activities, students learn the basic science of compost, from the microbial food web living in our windrows to the nutrient balance needed to feed our crops. Farm educators demonstrate how we harness natural processes to divert food waste from landfills, reduce pollution, and restore soil health at Queens Farm using only the power of compost. Students make “seed balls” using a combination of compost, clay and wildflower seeds to bring back to school.

    FEE: $9 per person

    Note: This program can only accommodate one class per day (35 people maximum).


    6th - 12th grade: Students actively explore our compost site as an outdoor laboratory through a combination of reading, teamwork and hands-on experimentation. They will be introduced to the process of composting, and the important role it serves in diverting waste from landfills and mitigating the climate crisis. Using the knowledge they gather, small teams of students create a “Campaign for Compost” as a culminating activity.

FEE: $9 per person

       Note: This program can only accommodate one class per day (35 people maximum).