School Field Trips
Field trips will be highly interactive and can be structured around the age groups of the students that will be visiting. We will explore the basic of Aquaponic farming and will participate in planting in and harvesting food from an Aquaponic unit that they can learn to build at home. They will also learn about the many experimental projects that are being conducted at this demonstration center, as well as discuss age appropriate educational topics.
For example, we can teach students to read food labels and learn the difference between healthy food verses "junk" food and what healthy food does for their bodies. If special arrangements are made, students can even learn how to prepare what they help harvest from the Aquaponic system for consumption (such as a wheatgrass high energy smoothie) so that they can relate that growing healthy food is something that they desire, and if they want to enjoy this type of food again they have to plant a garden at school (or at home) and work to grow it again. If time allots, we will also teach students how to trace the ingredients of a basic meal back to their origins in the soil to make the connections between food, agriculture, and ecosystems. All the lesson plans can be custom designed based on the teachers interest and will be simple in nature so that students will have fun.
More advanced classes can learn about the challenges of growing food: the need for healthy soil, access to freshwater and land, organic verses pesticides and herbicides, and how healthy ecosystems are required for a healthy food chain. They will explore how Aquaponics can address and solve some of these agricultural and environmental challenges and explore the inter-connections between food, health, and environmental sustainability, They will learn why Aquaponic farming techniques can play a pivotal role in solving the challenges we face with respect to the global food crisis, rising diet-related human diseases, and current environmental concerns.
These personalized tours will be taught by a trained professional and scientist and will take approximately 2 hours. They are a great hands-on learning opportunity to bring about an exciting and thought provoking learning experience for students of all ages. Groups of up to 75 students can be accommodated by utilizing a revolving tour presentation with a ratio of 1 teacher or chaperone per every 10 students to be maintained. We will supply 1 trained guide instructor for each group of up to 20 students and the cost of the field trip is $7 per student with a minimum of $200 (or whichever is greater). Additional chaperones will be subject to the $7 per person admission fee. A 50% deposit is required at the time of scheduling to lock in a tour and once a trip is scheduled, the school will be contacted within 3 working days to confirm the tour details of the tour. The remaining balance must be paid in full no later than 7 days prior to the scheduled field.
Plan to arrive 20 minutes early and if coming in groups, please divide the children into small groups ahead of time, so that after our introduction we can efficiently split up (no larger than 20 students per groups) and enjoy as much time as possible touring the facilities. Please provide nametags if possible, and color-code them for each groups (the red group, the blue group, etc.) to keep things running smoothly.
Dress appropriately for the weather with closed-toed shoes and keep in mind they nay get dirty and slightly wet! Heavy rain will cancel a field trip so please call the morning of the field trip to cancel and reschedule if the rain is looks like it will be too heavy.
For cancellations, please contact in advance if possible. If you cancel your field trip less than two weeks prior to the field trip date, the field trip deposit will not be refunded but can be credited to a re-scheduled field trip.
Field Trip Agenda: Field trip times can be custom arranged. Large group introduction will be split into smaller groups. We will rotate through 4-5 stations, 20-30 min per station with a large group wrap-up.
Allergies: This program may include tasting of fruits and vegetables if interested. Please let us know if your class includes children who have allergies that might be of concern, including insect allergies. email concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.