Interactive, place and seasonally based learning experiences for students of all ages and interests.
Experience our ecological farm and the surrounding boreal forest through a variety of different lenses and exploratory themes.
Whether you are interested in local products, crafts, ecological cycles, fiber arts, gardening, animal husbandry, food, aquatic invertebrates, the boreal forest, art, nature journaling or any other aspect connected to our web of life, there’s something to explore and learn at Calypso. Browse through the field trip themes below or contact us with your specific interests.
Spring Field Trip Themes!
Spring on the Farm, Food Preservation Techniques, Sheep and Wool, Insect Exploration, Fun with Fungi!, Nature Journaling, Life Cycles, Decomposers and Composting, Starting Seeds, Mobile Farm Animals, Math in the Garden, Food For Thought
Feel free to contact us about creating customized field trips to fit into your educational curriculum. We can cater to a large variety of subjects and grade levels.
To schedule a field trip, call 451-0691 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to get involved? Dozens of community volunteers lead groups of children on farm field trips as docents!
Field Trip Offerings
The baseline price for field trips is $6. Field trips with a material cost associated with them have alternative prices listed. The minimum number of students for a field trip is 8 for all field trips unless otherwise listed; we can cater to less students for the equivalent dollar amount. Chaperones are free; we ask for one chaperone per 8 students, after which each adult pays the price of a student. We do not want cost to be a barrier to you attending a field trip, so please ask about our sliding scale.
Spring on the Farm
A snapshot of Calypso in Spring. Students will flow through stations emphasizing the different pieces of the farm and forest, learning how they interact to support one another. Interacting with the animals, exploring the forest, and learning about growing food in Alaska. They also will go on an exciting walk on our nature trails, learning about the animals and plants that live in the boreal forest to paint a full picture. If the pond is available they will also get a glimpse of our water system and all of the life it supports.
Learn about the food preservation techniques that have allowed humans to thrive in temperate regions where winter doesn’t allow for growing food. The depth of knowledge covered is adjustable based on grade level, from functional knowledge to deeper scientific inquiry.
Sheep and Wool
This field trip gives children a chance to become acquainted with Calypso’s Shetland sheep. They will learn how we take care of our sheep and how we use their wool. Additionally, they will learn some basic techniques for working with wool and take home their own felted or spun wool object.
Cost: $7 / child. Chaperones are free (one chaperone per 8 students).
Explore the world of insects at Calypso, from honeybees in the garden, to dragonflies in the pond and everything in between including the surrounding boreal forest. Topics include life cycles of the insects, as well as the functional role insects play within agricultural as well as natural ecosystems.
Did you know that there are over 1.5 million species of fungi? We will go for a mushroom walk in the forest to learn all about these mysterious organisms. Learn how to identify different species, make mushroom prints, and see and study mycelium. Students will learn the important roles that fungi have in our ecosystem and explore the vast fungus kingdom.
Students will hone their observational skills through watching, drawing, and writing on the farm, with the animals, in the garden or in the forest. The best way to absorb nature’s wealth of knowledge is through recording what we see, smell, hear, feel, taste. Students will get their own journal to bring home and the program will give them the framework to continue journaling after they leave.
$7/student. Geared for age 10 and up.
Come explore the farm looking through the lens of the various life cycles that happen on the farm. These overlapping cycles run through our entire farm, from the reproductive cycles of our farm animals and plants to the seasonal shifts within the surrounding boreal forest and its inhabitants.
Decomposers and Composting
Come and explore the world of decomposition and composting in Interior Alaska. On this field trip students will explore the role of decomposers in human as well as natural ecosystems and learn about the various methods of composting organic materials that are available within our local climate.
Explore the world of seeds and how they grow! Topics covered in this field trip will include the anatomy of a seed, plant hormones and conditions for growth. Students will get the chance to start some seeds themselves either as a tasty treat of fresh greens, or to be able to start growing plants at home.
Mobile Farm Animals
Bring the farm to school with a sampling of the various farm animals as well as the products and services they provide to our farm ecosystem. This field trip has a minimum of four classes or 80 students, so we encourage teachers to collaborate and pool together.
Students get the opportunity to explore mathematical concepts in the practical setting of the farm and forest. We can tailor this field trip to the grade level and material that is relevant for your students. Younger students will focus on estimation and counting, attributes, symmetry, angles, and measurement using leaves, seeds, vegetables and other natural materials.
Learn about the history of food, from domestication through selective breeding to the effects industrialized agriculture has had on our planet. Students will learn where food comes from and how we can be healthy and care for our ecosystem by choosing what we eat and knowing where our food comes from.
We need these forms filled out for each field trip that we do so please fill them out and send them to us when you decide to come to the Farm!
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Calypso’s field trips provide fun, hands-on, educational experiences with Alaskan farming, boreal forest ecology, and folk arts. Calypso has been offering spring, summer, and fall field trips since 2000.
Field Trips are supported by:
ABR, Inc., Denali State Bank and Shannon & Wilson, Inc.