Field Trips

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE POST INSTEAD OF CALLING WITH QUESTIONS THAT ARE ALL ANSWERED HERE. You might also read the “Your Visit” section for more details about parking, admission, food for animals, picnic facilities etc.  Text Farmer Mary with specific field trip requests. Please state dates you want the field trip, ages that will interact with the animals, remind Farmer Mary if you have visited the farm, try to provide as much information possible so Farmer Mary can simply reply “yes” and avoid endless back and forth texts. 919-244-1800. Please do not FB message, Instagram message, leave voice mails, or try to email. Texting ONLY please. 919-244-1800

Winterpast Farm has hosted pre-schools, Scout goups, Mom groups, Homeschooler groups and public school groups. One time we had 150 second graders here! Farmer Mary hired a few farmer and a forestor friend to help that time! There is plenty of parking and school buses can get in and out easily. 

 The cost is $10 per person (adopted children always visit at no charge)
Parents and siblings also pay $10 per person. Teachers of the class do not have to pay admission. Please plan on plenty of parents and chaperones. Please remind chaperones to keep a close eye on the children while they are at the farm. Be sure all teachers and parents read “your visit” at www.winterpast.org.  Please plan to bring animal food or else, with advance notice, Farmer Mary can provide a mixed bucket of animal food per child for $5/bucket.

Most school groups stay two or three hours. Some ask to do service projects. Some stay for a picnic lunch.  Farmer Mary usually closes the farm to other visiotrs while groups are here.

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  Activities can be based on ages…all sorts of games, learning about different animals, identifying rocks and trees, planting in the garden, clearing trails, helping with the care and feeding of all the animals …

Most school trips involve meeting and feeding and petting animals. Touching different fibers (sheep) and collecting feathers. Art activities include drawing an emu and fern splatter paintings. Rock collecting is popular as is tree identification.

There are great opportunities for team building-if there are 10 children and 6 bunnies how many children have to wait patiently? Rolling up and down the hills in huge black tubes is a time to learn to work together to go faster and have more fun! 

 Let Farmer Mary know what your group is studying and she can probably come up with some fun activities in line with your particular curriculum. She had pre-schools plant her garden this year…one group dunked peat pellets into water and placed seeds inside, a few weeks later another group planted the plants into the garden and the sunflowers are about 8 feet tall now! 

 The cost is $10 per person (adopted children always visit at no charge)
Parents and siblings also pay $10 per person. Teachers of the class do not have to pay admission.

Your fee goes to feed the animals and for the expense of raising Farmer Mary’s children and sometimes to buy more animals. It also will subsidize other groups like Project Enlightment and the Murdoch Center who visit the farm without a fee. 

 Farmer Mary can also come to your school classroom or camp with animals and provide hands-on fun for students and adults. The cost varies for on-campus or in-classroom activities and may be higher if your location is far from the farm. The price for approximately two hours of animals and interaction and education is usually the price of an away Birthday party, but talk to Farmer Mary about your specific needs and budget.

The price is occasionally negotiable. Perfect for all ages: summer camps, Vacation Bible Schools, AWANA, home school groups and Scout events. Campouts and Bonfires are also available.

Farmer Mary’s can also provide fertile eggs for those with incubators. After the hatch she’s happy to take the babies to raise. 

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12936 Ghoston Road. Wake Forest NC 27587

(919) 244-1800 (please text –Farmer Mary is too busy to answer) 

Text Farmer Mary with specific field trip requests. Please state dates you want to have he filed trip (Farmer Mary is happy to set aside a rain date) , the  ages that will interact with the animals-try to provide as much information possible so Farmer Mary can simply reply “yes” and avoid endless back and forth texts. 919-244-1800. Please do not FB message, Instagram message, leave voice mails, or try to email. Texting ONLY please. 919-244-1800

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