A field trip to Massaro Community Farm offers students a hands-on experience at a working farm, engaging all their senses in learning about where their food comes from and responsible stewardship of the land. Our educational programs use the farm’s barns, fields, garden, apiary and nature trail as our classroom.
Field trips generally take place April through November, weather permitting. See below for in-class education outreach visits.
All programs are aligned with CT curricular standards
Five Senses on the Farm – Students will explore the farm using all five senses.
Plant Growth and Life Cycle – Students will explore farm plants in different stages of their life cycle, and be able to describe the life cycle of flowering plants.
Soils – Students will be able to describe different types of soil on the farm and consider the relationships of soil type, water retention, and plant growth.
Checking out the Chickens – Students will explore the farm’s chickens, and consider their role on the farm.
Farm History – Students will explore the history of farming in the area through farm tools and dairy products.
Seedy Sleuths – Students will explore the inner workings of seeds to gain an understanding of their function.
Butterfly Basics – Students will be able to describe the role of the butterfly on the farm, butterfly life cycle and metamorphosis, and sources of food for these amazing creatures.
Bees and Pollinators – Using our demonstration hive and apiary, students will learn about the important role of bees and other pollinators on the farm.
Biodiversity on the Farm – Students will learn how small, diverse farms like Massaro are crucial to the health of our environment and our food system.
Compost – Students will explore the magical world of compost, as decomposers turn garbage into healthy soil.
Food Webs and Ecosystems – Students will gain an understanding of food webs and the three components of food chains: producers, consumers and decomposers.
Nature Trail – Students will discover the secrets of Massaro’s woods and wetlands.
You may wish to add a self-guided walk on our nature trail to your trip. If so, plan on at least 30 minutes to walk the trail.
**We can also design a custom program to meet your needs. Contact us to discuss.**
November 15-April 15: If you can’t make it to the farm, or if you’d like a program in the winter, we can bring the farm to your classroom. A classroom visit is also great paired with a farm field trip earlier or later in the school year.
Outreach Program Fee: $100 includes up to three classes at one school
*The farm is ADA compliant, with the exception of the 2nd floor of the Dairy Barn and the Nature Trail, and includes an ADA compliant restroom.
**The farm offers a limited number of reduced/free farm programs each year to groups with limited financial resources. Please contact our office at 203-736-8618 to apply.