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6-8 Field Trips

The 30-acre Hub Farm is made up of three learning areas – the Forest, the Fields, and the Water (including a Floating Lab). Students will experience all three learning areas during their field trip. Curriculum is designed to satisfy NC Common Core and essential standards.

Recommended Grade Level: 6-8
Time Required: 2.5 hours
Max Number of Students: 30 or 1 class
Availability: Wednesdays, 10am-1pm, September – November; March – June
Cost: $3 per DPS student; $5 per non-DPS student (or charter school students)


Request Life on the Farm field trip

Life on the Farm

Students explore the diverse ecosystems around the farm’s 30 acres. Students learn about sustainable farming practices by observing our chickens, beehives and the various components of the garden, while also gaining an understanding of environmental stewardship via exploration of the farm’s unique watershed and forest habitat.

Connections to NC essential standards

Science essential standards

  • Through active experience, students engage in scientific inquiry and observation
  • Supports the development of logical reasoning and problem-solving ability
  • L.2 Understand the flow of energy through ecosystems and the responses of populations to the biotic and abiotic factors in their environment
  • P.2 Understand forms of energy, energy transfer and transformation, and conservation in mechanical systems
  • L.3 Understand how organisms interact with and respond to biotic and abiotic components of their environment
  • L.5 Understand the composition of various substances as it relates to their ability to serve as a source of energy and building materials for growth and repair of organisms

Health education standards

  • 3 Analyze measures necessary to protect the environment

Plant Life

Through hands-on investigations, students learn the parts and functions of a plant, how plants adapt, and what plants need to keep healthy.

Waterworks

Explore the Farm’s ponds, creek and wetlands discover how they support plant and animal life in their unique and diverse ecosystems.

Into the Woods

Students venture into the woods to learn how a forest evolves over time; differentiate between types of leaves; identify plants, trees and animals in the forest ecosystem; and discover the interdependence and adaptation of plants and animals in the ecosystem.


Request From Seed to Belly field trip

From Seed to Belly

Harvest from the Farm’s production gardens and prepare a healthy treat as a team. Students become farmer-chefs, learning what grows when in NC, how to harvest foods straight from the earth, nutritional components of the food, and how to master essential cooking skills. After the tasting, students take home recipes and ingredients to share with their families.

Connections to NC essential standards

Science essential standards

  • Through active experience, students engage in scientific inquiry and observation
  • Supports the development of logical reasoning and problem-solving ability
  • L.3 Understand how organisms interact with and respond to biotic and abiotic components of their environment
  • L.5 Understand the composition of various substances as it relates to their ability to serve as a source of energy and building materials for growth and repair of organisms

Health education standards

  • 2 Apply strategies to consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages in moderation
  • 3 and NPA.4 Apply lifelong nutrition and health-related fitness concepts to enhance quality of life