School Visits

Why a school visit?

We offer a hands-on experience to connect with food right where it grows. Nestled amongst the George Pearson Centre residential care facility in Marpole, Vancouver, BC, our farm and therapeutic gardens offer children a place-based learning opportunity to get outside, sink their hands in the soil and connect with a vibrant urban farming community.

During your visit, we’ll reconsider what a farm is. Through inquiry thinking, we’ll link concepts of food to nutrition, sustainable ecosystems, and community well-being. Your group will have the opportunity to see, touch, smell and observe food growing right in the city!

All visits are 1-hour and guided by a professional farmer and experienced educator. Activities are grade-appropriate and align with the BC curriculum.

School Visit Descriptions

LIFE ON THE FARM for Preschool & Grades 1-3

Use all five senses to experience the farm’s many plants. Hear the story of how Farmers on 57th turned lawns into farms, tour the fields to learn and taste what’s growing, and explore what’s in the soil.

Preschool Connections
    • Identify plants and animals.
    • Experience a new learning environment.
    • Describe what you see, hear, feel, taste, and touch.
    • Let us know what excites your group!
Kindergarten Curriculum Connections
    Science Big Ideas (Kindergarten)
    • Plants and animals have observable features.
    Science Curricular Competencies (Kindergarten)
    • Demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world.
    • Ask simple questions about familiar objects and events.
    • Make exploratory observations using their senses.
    • Experience and interpret the local environment.
    • Discuss observations.
    • Transfer and apply learning to new situations.
    • Share observations and ideas orally.

    Back in the classroom, spark interdisciplinary learning by reflecting on your farm visit in other subjects, such as physical education and social studies.

Grade 1 Curriculum Connections
    Science Big Ideas (Grade 1)
    • Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.
    Science Curriculuar Competencies (Grade 1)
    • Demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world.
    • Ask simple questions about familiar objects and events.
    • Make exploratory observations using their senses.
    • Experience and interpret the local environment.
    • Discuss observations.
    • Transfer and apply learning to new situations.
    • Share observations and ideas orally.
    Social Studies Big Ideas (Grade 1)
    • Healthy communities recognize and respect the diversity of individuals and care for the local environment.
    Social Studies Curricular Competencies (Grade 1)
    • Explain the significance of personal or local events, objects, people, or places (significance).

    Back in the classroom, spark interdisciplinary learning by reflecting on your farm visit in other subjects, such as physical education and social studies.

Grade 2 Curriculum Connections
    Science Big Ideas (Grade 2)
    • Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.
    • Water is essential to all living things, and it cycles through the environment.
    Science Curricular Competencies (Grade 2)
    • Demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world.
    • Ask simple questions about familiar objects and events.
    • Experience and interpret the local environment.
    • Transfer and apply learning to new situations.
    • Communicate observations and ideas using oral or written language, drawing, or role-play.

    Back in the classroom, spark interdisciplinary learning by reflecting on your farm visit in other subjects, such as physical education and social studies.

Grade 3 Curriculum Connections
    Science Big Ideas (Grade 3)
    • Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
    Science Curricular Competencies (Grade 3)
    • Demonstrate curiosity about the natural world.
    • Make observations about living and non-living things in the local environment.
    • Experience and interpret the local environment.
    • Transfer and apply learning to new situations.

    Back in the classroom, spark interdisciplinary learning by reflecting on your farm visit in other subjects, such as physical education and social studies.

WHAT IT TAKES TO EAT? for Grade 4

Put on your sustainability lens and consider all the resources it takes to get food into your belly. Tour the fields and dig in the soil searching for features that contribute to a healthy farm, healthy environment, and healthy us.

Learn from a farmer how our urban farm provides fresh produce to the local community with a light footprint. Consider together what a healthy and sustainable food system could look like in the future.

Grade 4 Curriculum Connections
    Science Big Ideas (Grade 4)
    • All living things sense and respond to their environment.
    • Energy can be transformed.
    Science Curricular Competencies (Grade 4)
    • Demonstrate curiosity about the natural world.
    • Make observations about living and non-living things in the local environment.
    • Experience and interpret the local environment.
    • Transfer and apply learning to new situations.
    Social Studies Big Ideas (Grade 4)
    • The pursuit of valuable natural resources has played a key role in changing the land, people, and communities of Canada.
    Social Studies Curricular Competencies (Grade 4)
    • Differentiate between intended and unintended consequences of events, decisions, or developments, and speculate about alternative outcomes (cause and consequence).

    Back in the classroom, spark interdisciplinary learning by reflecting on your farm visit in other subjects, such as physical education and social studies.

Details

Cost

A 1-hour farm visit led by one of our professional farmers is $125. Find payment and cancellation information in our School Visit Guide.

Group Size

Group Size: We can host up to 25 children per visit. We maintain a child/adult ratio of 1:5 and so require at least 3 adult chaperones plus the teacher for a group of 25 to help facilitate the activities and model participation.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

We want to keep your group, our farmers, and George Pearson residents safe, and help stem the spread of this virus. Please review our current COVID-19 safety protocols for group visits. Let us know of any additional safety measures you’d like us to implement.

Booking

Before booking, please review our School Visit Guide for more information and our complete policies. To bring your group to the farm, please complete our School Visit Request Form.

Contact us at hello@farmerson57th.ca or (778) 997-3609 with questions or to learn more.

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