The grade 2 and 3 classes visited a great new fieldtrip site on Friday June 6.
37 students, 4 staff and 9 parents traveled to Darwell. The “Darwell Country Gardens Adventure Farm” is a new petting zoo located 3km North of Darwell on HWY 765. What a great day we had! The weather was lovely, the staff was attentive and very knowledgeable, the students were engaged and enthralled all day long! I’ll venture a guess that all participants slept exceptionally well Friday night!
Contact information for the farm: dcgadventurefarm
Diana Richardson and Shelly Reid (780)892-3084
Although the farm’s literature offered only a half day program, when we wondered about a whole day, they brought a great program offer back to us! What a full day it turned out to be:
Rotation #1: The students were able to enter some of the pens and get right up close to many of the available goats (and kids), chickens (and chicks), pigs, sheep (and lambs), llamas, alpacas, horses, ponies, cows (and calves), rabbits, ducks, geese, and a turtle, etc… I feel as though I’m missing some.
Rotation #2: Each student built a bird house which they were able to take home. The wooden pieces were pre-cut and had pilot holes drilled for building convenience. There were several hammers and screwdrivers and many, many nails! Groups that finished early were treated to a brief lesson, with posters, about insects, their life-cycles and habitats.
Rotation #3: A huge hit was the wagon ride behind the quad and the “unnature” walk where the students were challenged to notice about 15 things that did not belong in nature.
Rotation #4: The students were toured through the greenhouse and garden where plant life-cycles and other gardening details were discussed. Each student planted a bean in a Styrofoam cup and information regarding the nurturing of a bean plant was provided. During this rotation they also examined pond water collected in a kiddy pool and learned about frog life-cycles and pond plants. The students were given the opportunity to feed the geese and ducks grain from outside the fence around the actual duck pond.