Outreach Programs for Schools
Up Yonda Farm’s staff can come to your location and present a variety of topics. Our nature outreach programs can be a great supplement to the classroom education received by your students. The programs we offer compliment New York State core curricula and give the students an opportunity to learn in a very hands-on environment. All of our programs are offered rain or shine and can be presented indoors and outdoors.
$125 per hour for Warren County locations
$150 per hour for locations outside of Warren County, NY
Teacher chosen 20-90 minute sessions that can be scheduled consecutively
anytime between 8:30 AM-3:00 PM
Maximum of 50 students per session
Large open room
Smart Board or use of a screen, computer, and projector
Outside area for hiking, exploring, and/or group activities
If any of these requirements are not possible please let the staff at Up Yonda Farm know so other arrangements can be made.
The naturalists at Up Yonda Farm are willing to work with all teachers to create a program suited to your class needs. We are willing to develop a new program based on a topic not listed below as well as adapting current programs to fit a specific request.
Outreach Program Topics:
- Trees – Discover why trees are an important natural resource for humans and wildlife. Learn how trees grow and the parts of a tree through hands-on activities. Take a hike and learn to identify common local species.
- Monarch Butterflies – Learn about this fascinating insect and its annual migration. Discover the life cycle and body parts of butterflies and help a naturalist tag and release Monarchs as part of the University of Kansas’ Monarch Watch Program. This program can only take place during September.
- Ready or Not – When winter comes, animals need to be prepared to cope with cold temperatures and snow. Learn about animal survival skills including; migration, hibernation, dormancy and adaptation. Discover Adirondack wildlife through skulls, pelts, specimens and animal tracks.
- Planetarium – Learn to identify some of the constellations in our winter sky and hear about the mythology behind them. You will become familiar with star patterns, their names and locations, and even how they are created. This program uses Starlab, a portable planetarium. It has limited audience space.
- Snowshoeing – Learning to snowshoe is a blast! Learn about the creation of snowshoes and the history of the sport, then it is off to try it yourself as you are led on a naturalist-guided hike. This programs is weather dependent
- Natural Heritage – The topics covered include our New York State symbols and their meaning, as well as the natural formation of our state’s mountains, lakes and rivers.
- Honeybees – Learn about the lives of the fascinating honeybee. What makes a bee a bee? Find out as you learn about the body parts of an insect. You will also explore the roles of the different bees in the hive and find out how bees are beneficial for people and other animals. Students will also see the parts of a hive and learn about beekeeping. Don’t worry, no live bees.
- Pond Life – Discover all of the animals that live in and around a pond and learn to identify them. See how the insects, fish, turtles and plants depend on each other in a food chain, as we build a pond together. Please be aware that this program does have live pond life. This topic only requires 45 minute stations
- Animal Adaptations – Figure out how animals are able to survive by finding food, water, and shelter in a variety of habitats. Discover animal adaptations through animal skulls, pelts, specimen’s and a PowerPoint presentation.
- Wild Things – Discover the fascinating lives of reptiles and amphibians. Learn more about snakes, newts, turtles and many others. Figure out the difference of these groups of animals with the help of Reptile vs. Amphibian props. If available there will be a few, small, native live animals
- Dark Wings – Discover the creatures that rule the night -bats and owls. See the lighter side of these animals who have long been a source of fear in the dark.
- All About Birds – Birds are beautiful and fun to watch. Discover what makes a bird a bird, and learn how to identify birds in your backyard. Students will take part in activities to help teach them bird songs, flight patterns, and general bird characteristics.
- Woodworking – Woodworking programs at Up Yonda Farm make a great hands on outing! All our kits are pre-cut, drilled and ready to assemble. Even youngsters can participate with the help of an adult. Projects include: bluebird houses, bird feeders, bat houses, walking sticks, bug boxes, and more. These are offered as part of our public program schedule. Woodworking can also be arranged well in advance for school and group programs.