Thank you for considering Liberty Ridge Farm for your class field trip! Our educational field trips are a three-hour self guided tour; allowing you to spend time at the various activities that most suit your class! We suggest a ratio of one adult to every 6 students for your visit. Younger children might require a higher ratio. When you arrive at the farm, you will be greeted by our friendly staff in the parking lot. Please try to arrive at the time of your reservation.
Admission payment: Please have an exact count of everyone attending as part of your field trip when you arrive on the farm; the first thing the organizing teacher does while children are getting off the bus is arrange payment for the group, either paying right then or being invoiced for the number who are in attendance. Admissions needs to know how many students are attending, how many staff, how many parents, and how many if any siblings ages 3 and up. Students, parents, and siblings ages 3 and up pay the discounted Field trip rate of $9.50 per person, while staff (teachers, aides, and bus drivers) receive complimentary admission. The admissions building is right by the parking lot with many windows. Cash, Checks and credit cards are accepted (Visa, MasterCard and Discover). You may use BOCES/Questar or school purchase order. For a faster check in please consider collecting money from all parents and siblings planning to attend as well your students: this means the parents do not have to wait in a line to pay and then race to catch up with the group.
Faculty and paid staff receive complimentary admission to Liberty Ridge Farm. After paying admission and gathering your group together, one of our friendly farm hands will get you started on your first activity, and after that you are free to roam the farm as a self guided tour! If you have question please call us (518)664-1515
Lunch: If bringing a bagged lunch, students should place them in the bin designated for your school. If you school has its own lunch bins, you are welcome to use them, but please make sure your school name is on them! Your lunches will be brought down to the Lunch Tent adjacent to the cornfield maze.
Don’t want to bring lunch bags and then make sure they all get brought back to the school? Consider buying the Farm Hand lunch for your group; a hot dog on a bun, a beverage, bag of chips, and a fresh fruit, napkins and condiments provided. If you choose to order the farmhand lunch, $5.50 per person,a head count of how many people are being fed is needed one week out. Any minor changes in number are due 2 days in advance of your trip and that is the number that you will be charged for regardless of reductions the day of.
Corn Maze – First stop in the Junction to pick up your Passport and Cornundrums. Phase 1 is recommended for field trip groups. Try the Passport game; this is a great teambuilding activity- the passports help you navigate through the maze by answering multiple choice questions; there are a variety of topics for every grade level!
Cornundrums, fun mind-twisting puzzles, are posted by the chicken coop. Fill out your answers and leave them in the drop box to enter our year end grand drawing!
Pig Races – For field trips we have our daily shows at 11am and 12pm. Make sure to make time for this hilarious show and cheer on your favorite pig !
Miss Moo’s Musical Revue – A barn full of animals singing, telling jokes and providing educational fun facts on farm life.
Pumpkin Cannon – Shows provide lessons in potential and kinetic energy while watching a pumpkin sail a quarter of a mile across a field. Show times 11:30am and 12:30pm
Brad’s Barnyard Adventure – There are educational activities in the barnyard, and many play areas:
- Spookley Viewing Barn- watch an anti-bullying video on featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin!
- Fun facts at each animal station- Test you knowledge about farm animals, and check your answers right there.
- Giant Gerbil Wheels and pedal carts- human powered and very fun!
- Lil’ Farmersville- an area devoted for preschool aged children.
- And of course the Jumping Pillow- a huge inflated trampoline for the children (and adults if they wish to wait for their own turn) to jump on.
Trolley Ride – Hop onto the trolley, with stops all around the farm, to take a ride around the grounds and then out to our pumpkin patch where everyone takes home a free orange pie pumpkin! Don’t forget to eat lunch! You are welcome to eat at anytime- classes are not required to eat together. Your lunches will be in the large white canopied event tent by the corn maze unless you are told otherwise by a staff member.
*Cow train is not open during the weekday for school field trips. Field trip rate is only valid Tuesday-Friday with an arrival before 12pm. Home schools are welcome; parent/teachers are given the chaperone rate.*
Please use the lesson plans links below to enhance your learning experience when you come to the farm. Your students will have the chance to learn about corn, pumpkins, and farm animals by adding a lesson plan from below with your field trip to our farm.
Pumpkin Life Cycle: A lesson plan focusing on the understanding of the pumpkin life cycle was created through the Internet based 8 Step Task Stream Staff Development …http://visalia.k12.ca.us/teachers/psmith/cstp/3/pumpkin_life_cycle.htm
Kindergarten- Grade 3: A Day on the Farm. Includes two activity sheets and an overview for the teachers use that has ideas for discussions and group activities.https://www.kyfb.com/media/files/fed/ag-in-the-classroom/lesson-plans/2009/ANIMALS%20ON%20THE%20FARM-revised4-3Final521.pdf
Grades 1-3 A day without Agriculture. Teaches children about how agriculture affects their daily lives- what do you use everyday that is grown? Could you go a day without agriculture?http://www.clover.okstate.edu/fourh/aitc/lessons/primary/daywoag.pdf
Grades 3-5. All about pollination. Multiple lesson plans available on pollination. Learn about how parts of the flower and how bees pollinate them. http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/
Grades 4-5. Lesson plan about Corn. Biology of corn, how to grow it and its history in the United States. http://www.ksgrains.com/corn/CornClass04.pdf
Grades 4-5. “Miss Moo and You.” Learning about Cows. A great lesson plan to learn about the biology of cows, types of cows and what kinds of food cows produce. http://www.nyaged.org/aitc/resources/pdf/activities/miss.pdf
Grades 4-5. A harvest lesson plan. “Harvesting the Garden.” How do farmers harvest their crops? How do they earn a profit with their produce? Lesson is taught around pumpkins. http://www.nyaged.org/aitc/resources/pdf/activities/harvest.pdf
Grades 4-5. Learning about Plants. “The Right Plants the Right Place”. Teaches about perennials, annuals, habitat and climate. http://www.nyaged.org/aitc/resources/pdf/activities/right.pdf
Quizes about Agriculture for grades K-5 http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/agknow.htm
NY Agriculture in the Classroom website:http://www.nyaged.org/aitc/
Harvard Medical School presents the Center for Health and the Global Environment. This site features videos, lesson plans, and interactive features for students K-12. This link leads to the Lesson Plans and Activities page:http://chge.med.harvard.edu/edu/resource-type/lesson-plans-activities
Albany & Saratoga NY Fall Field Trip Adventures can be Booked Online Today for the Upstate N.Y. Capital Region’s premier agritourism destination. Liberty Ridge opens its farm gates to school groups for a day of adventure! Your Upstate NY students will experience an awesome time on the farm, navigating the Albany Capital Region’s largest cornfield maze and engaging in Brad’s Barnyard activities, full of fun and learning.