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NatureWise
Animals and Food on the Farm
Farm and Wilderness Exploration
NGSS Engineering Discovery Day for 4th Grade

 

NatureWise

Wilderness Investigation and Science Exploration.
Step into another world for a day! Students
will practice being scientists as they learn to answer their own questions about the natural world through observation and simple investigations. Exploring the creek and trails will give students the chance to become immersed in NGSS Life Science 1 and 2 (LS1 and LS2-1) They will compare and contrast plant and animal structures and life cycles including the internal and external structures that function to support survival and growth. They will look for evidence of movement of matter between plants and decomposers while discovering the natural phenomena that allow plants and animals to grow. All of this and the opportunity to feel the joy and wonder of being in nature!

Bringing students to this wilderness program will give them hands-on experiences that you can draw on while teaching back in the classroom. This immersion experience will spark curiosity and help create a deep appreciation for our natural environment.

Classroom Visit - As a part of this program we visit your classroom to help prepare students for their field trip. Our Hidden Villa Naturalist will introduce topics relevant to science investigation in nature. The visit lasts 2 hours and includes an interactive presentation plus science-rich hands-on learning stations.

Duration: Up to 5 hours 30 minutes       Times: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (flexible to fit your schedule), Tuesday-Friday

Program Capacity
We can accommodate 64 students. If you have a group that is slightly larger, please contact us. After the opening circle, students will be divided into groups of 8 to 9 students.

Fees
$19/person September-February
$21/person March-May
$125/class for required Classroom Visit or $250 for 2 or more classes.

This program is priced per participant. The number of adults you register should include all the adults (including the teachers) that plan on accompanying the trip. For every 8 children, you will be given a credit for 1 free adult on your invoice. For instance, a group of 60 students will include a credit for 8 free adults on the invoice. Siblings are not allowed on this program. 

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Animals and Food on the Farm

Connect with the animals and plants that enrich our daily lives! Students spend a full day interacting with farm animals and exploring the organic education garden. They learn not only what animals provide, but discover unique breed characteristics and caretaking responsibilities. They might collect eggs or give the cows a "Cow Spa" or prepare some wool, or assess the health of the animals.  In the garden, students examine just what goes into raising the plants that feed us. They will discover the critters that live and work in the compost. They will help complete an essential garden chore - such as seed-planting, mulching, compost sifting, or weeding. Then they will reap the benefits of their work by tasting some of the delicious goodies ready for harvest!

Classroom Visit - As a part of this program we visit your classroom to help prepare students for their field trip by introducing topics relevant to the farm and garden. The visit lasts 2 hours and includes an interactive presentation plus science--rich hands-on learning stations.

Duration: Up to 5 hours 30 minutes      Times: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (flexible to fit your schedule), Tuesday-Friday

Program Capacity

We can accommodate 64 students. If you have a group that is slightly larger, please contact us. After the opening circle, students will be divided into groups of 8 or 9 students.

Fees

$19/person September-February
$21/person March-May
$125/class for required Classroom Visit or $250 for 2 or more classes.

This program is priced per participant. The number of adults you register should include all the adults (including the teachers) that plan on accompanying the trip. For every 8 children, you will be given a credit for 1 free adult on your invoice. For instance, a group of 60 students will include a credit for 8 free adults on the invoice. Siblings are not allowed on this program.

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Farm and Wilderness Exploration 

Trek through the wilderness, interact with farm animals, and explore our organic garden- all in a single action-packed day! Farm and Wilderness Exploration invites students to appreciate the connectedness of all life while discovering the unique characteristics and roles of plants and animals on the trail and farm.  Students build confidence and develop new insights as they inspect an animal track on the trail, meet a banana on the trail, meet a banana slug along the creek, examine critters in the compost pile, or pet a farm animal.

Classroom Visit - as a part of this program we visit your classroom to help prepare students for their field trip. Our Hidden Villa Naturalist will introduce topics relevant to the farm and wilderness. The visit lasts 2 hours and includes an interactive presentation and science-rich hands-on learning stations. 

Duration:  Up to 5 hours 30 minutes       Times:  9:00am to 2:30pm (flexible to fit your schedule),  Tuesday – Friday


Program Capacity
We can accommodate 64 students. If you have a group that is slightly larger than this, please contact us. After an opening circle, students will be divided into groups of 8 to 9 students each. 

Fees
$20/person September - February

$22/person March - May
$125/class for required Classroom Visit or $250 for 2 or more classes.

This program is priced per participant. The number of adults you register should include all the adults (including the teachers) that plan on accompanying the trip. For every 8 children, you will be given a credit for 1 free adult on your invoice. For instance, a group of 60 students will include a credit for 8 free adults on the invoice. Siblings are not allowed on this program.

Registration Process, Cancellation Policy, and Weather Policy 

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NGSS Engineering Discovery Day for 4th Grade

How do I teach engineering to a 4th grader? What does the NGSS engineering requirement look like? How can I make it less intimidating? Come find out!

Our Engineering Discovery Day for 4th Grade will give you a chance to see the teaching of engineering in action. Your students will have the opportunity to observe and experience the real problems erosion can cause, with the time and space to develop and implement erosion solutions (3-5-ETS1). Students will study and learn about topographic maps with an emphasis on slopes and trails (4-EES2). Then, using the maps, students will explore parts of Hidden Villa and see first-hand the effects of erosion and solutions implemented to control erosion.

During a hands-on problem solving experiment, students get to Plan, Create, Test and Improve solutions to solve a Hidden Villa erosion problem. By giving students real-life examples and the opportunity to experiment with solutions, they learn how scientific and engineering knowledge is acquired, how scientific explanations are developed, and how science is utilized through the engineering design process.

Duration:  Up to 5 hours 30 minutes          
       
Times:  9:00am to 2:30pm (flexible),  Tuesday – Friday

 

Fees

$25/person September - May
$125/class for required Classroom Visit


This program is priced per participant. The number of adults you register should include all the adults (including the teachers) that plan on accompanying the trip. For every 8 children, you will be given a credit for 1 free adult on your invoice. For instance, a group of 32 students will include a credit for 4 free adults on the invoice. Siblings are not allowed on this program.

Program Capacity
We can accommodate 35 students. If you have a group that is slightly larger than this, please contact us.

Registration
To register for this program, contact hveep@hiddenvilla.org or (650) 949-8644.

Registration Proccess, Cancellation Policy, and Weather Policy 


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