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New York Agriculture in the Classroom

Programs

Virtual Field Trips

Visit the Farm from your Classroom
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Food and agriculture experiences come to life for students during farm visits, and now an opportunity to give a look behind the barn doors is more accessible than ever with a virtual field trip.

With field trip and transportation funding becoming more scarce every school year, you can still give your students an interactive look at farms and food-related industries. Live virtual field trips are engaging because students will have the chance to ask the farmers questions in real time. Experiences will be developed for grades Pre-K through 12, and each individual field trip description will include the grade levels appropriate for an experience.

Classroom Requirements

  • Device connected to the internet
  • Webcam, microphone, and speakers
  • Access to Zoom
    • Work with your school's IT staff to ensure these sites are not blocked

Before your Virtual Field Trip

Inquiry Box

Prior to your virtual field trip you will be shipped an Inquiry Box to help trigger the curiosity of students. The Inquiry Box will hold four to six items that may include a tool used on the farm, products that are essential to animal or plant health, a farm or food by-product, samples, and more. None of the items will come with a description, and all of the items will be discussed, viewed, or demonstrated during the virtual field trip.

Strategies to Consider with your Inquiry Box:
  • Schedule an unboxing to build anticipation
  • Students select an item, create a hypothesis of its use or function, research, and present findings to the class
  • Place the items around the room and students move in stations to examine each item and hypothesize it's function
  • Write a question about one or more item to ask the farmer
  • During the field trip, students can check off which items they see, sharing locations or context of each item during your debrief

Upcoming Virtual Field Trips

Exciting new virtual field trip opportunities are in the works! Check back here for updates and more information.

Maple Virtual Field Trip
Wednesday, March 15
Stockbridge Valley CSD
Munnsville NY
10:00 am
40-minute duration
Grades K-12
Vernon Verona Sherrill CSD
Verona NY
12:30 pm
40-minute duration
Grades 6-12

Inquiry boxes will be provided to the first 100 classrooms to register.

Late winter and early spring are a “sweet” time in New York. As the state that produces the second most maple syrup in the nation, maple syrup production is important to New York agriculture and one of the first commodities to be harvested in the new year. To highlight how this delicious natural product is produced and to learn about "schoolyard" maple programs, join New York Agriculture in the Classroom as we tour two school sugaring programs.

At 10 am, students and educators from Stockbridge Valley CSD will share the history of their program and take us on a sap flow journey from the sugarbush to the bottling room.

At 12:30 pm, participants will be given a tour of the Vernon/Verona/Sherril (VVS) CSD maple program by students and educators who will share how syrup is produced in their central New York sugarbush and discuss their sustainable fuel source program which was started as a partnership and research project between the district, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and Cornell University.

At the completion of both virtual tours, students will have learned about the science, economics, passion, and tradition of making maple syrup and recognize the industry's impact on New York State.