Hunt Club Farm offers four seasonal field trips geared for groups of 10 or more. Please read below to learn about each different educational program.
Field trips are offered Monday through Friday and require an advanced reservation. Please call the farm office at (757) 427-9520 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to reserve your field trip date and time.
Field trips are $7 per student and $7 for chaperones/siblings & any additional guests.
No charge for teachers and/or bus/van drivers
Payments are made on the day of the field trip when you check in at the farm or by P.O. as determined by the school system. Hunt Club Farm accepts school checks, credit cards and cash.
Hunt Club Farm’s picnic areas, petting farm and playground areas are included at no additional charge for all educational programs. Bring your lunch to enjoy on the farm or purchase drinks, small snacks and frozen treats here.
Children’s Garden Field Trip
APRIL – JUNE
Hunt Club Farm’s children’s gardening program was developed in accordance with Virginia’s Science and Math SOL guidelines for Pre-K through 3rd Grade, and has been honored with several awards. This hands-on approach to learning will help your students better understand their study of plants & animals.
Your class’s one-hour guided tour includes the following learning stations
- Bee’s Buzz (observational beehive)
- Bull Frog Pond – Tadpoles & Frogs
- Aviary Adventure (feeding experience)
- Planting Experience – What do plants need to grow?
- Where’s the Worm?
Points of discussion:
- Benefits of plants & animals to our environment
- Different habitats and camouflage for animals
- How Seeds Travel
Students will be able to plant seeds, see examples of the parts of a plant and discover what plants need to grow. Field trip guides stress the importance of nature and the benefits that plants have on the environment. The students will visit worm and bee habitats and see live examples of the life cycles of frogs and birds. Every child will receive a peacock feather to remember their experience. The guided program takes approximately one hour. If your time allows, your group is welcome to stay for self-guided play time with the animals and at the playground.
Saddle Up Field Trip
JUNE – AUGUST
Everyone loves Hunt Club’s petting farm, especially when the weather is warm! Bring your family group, scouts, daycare center, church organization or club on a field trip to the farm this summer! This self-guided educational experience is all about fun in the sun with the animals, and participants can spend the morning or afternoon petting goats, catching chickens and, of course, “saddling up” on one of the ponies, as a pony ride is included in the field trip. Besides time with the animals, the children are invited to enjoy a bag lunch in one of the picnic areas, slide and swing on the Rainbow Play Set, and on hot days, get wet in the sprinkler!
Pumpkin Patch Field Trip
Late September through First Week of November
When fall is in the air, it’s time to enjoy a day on the farm at the Pumpkin Patch Field Trip, the most popular educational program among schools,
family groups, scouts, daycare centers and church organizations. Start with a straw-filled, tractor-pulled hayride bumping down the lane past pastures, stables, horses, the greenhouse and pond. Then, the children head to Hunt Club Farm’s new and improved “Pumpkin Play Area,” which includes a giant hay stack! This play area is in the petting farm, where the children can enjoy meeting all of the farm animals. Bring a snack and drink or lunch and enjoy one of the farm’s picnic areas. Finally, it’s off to the pumpkin patch, where the children select their very own pumpkin to take home. Every child will be provided with a bag to hold their pumpkin. No outside bags are permitted. Adults may purchase pumpkins at the farm market. Most groups at the Pumpkin Patch Field Trip plan a 90-minute visit.