Flint Hill FarmEducational Center, Inc. Non-Profit 5013C9
Who Are We? Flint Hill Farm Educational Center, Inc. is a 28-acre working horse-powered farm located in beautiful Lehigh County, PA. Operating on a farm that dates back to the 1850s Flint Hill Farm offers school tours that have been developed to heighten awareness of the relationship between food, farm, and family and to increase the understanding of water and soil conservation. Recognizing the national crisis of obesity in our children, we have built nutrition and good food choices into each unique experience of our hands-on active learning.
What We Offer • Hands On Learning • Tour Packages • We Meet Classroom Curriculum Codes • Math • Science • Biology • Ecology • Physical Education
Our Tour • WELCOME! • Everyone meets in the big red barn • Follow signs to the stations • Walk quickly to ensure everything moves smoothly • Enjoy the sights and sounds • Ask before touching plants and animals • Encourage students to use their senses
Our Tour • Dress appropriately for the weather, layers are best • We are wheelchair accessible, cater to special needs students • We offer tours during every season!
Our Schedule *Number of groups and stations may change due to volunteer availability **There is a PortaJohn next to office/store *** Hours can be changed to suit classroom needs
Gardens We incorporate a walk through our gardens into the tour, where we discuss compost and how it is used. The use of our hoop house is explained, as well as why growing vegetables without pesticides is better for everyone’s health. We will tour the beehives and explain the process of pollination and why it is important.
Blacksmith Our blacksmith shop is an indoor facility that accommodates 25 students and offers demonstrations in fashioning wall hooks or other household objects using the coal forge, anvil and authentic blacksmith vise from 1870.
Blacksmith The tour is suitable for Grades 4 through 6 and offers the history of the blacksmiths and forge as well as horsepower usage and the need for shoes. It also offers a science lesson in the reaction of metal to heat and pressure.
Dairy Students will have the opportunity to tour our farm buildings which house our goats and Jersey cows. The milk that we get from the goats and cows is not only used for our drinking pleasure but we naturally transform it into cheese, yogurt, smoothies, and even soap. Each tour will be taught fascinating facts about our Jersey Cows.
Dairy The facts will cover the amount of milk production per day, the origination of the Jersey Breed, and the nutritional value of the Jersey dairy cow. We will interact with the adult and baby goats while learning the proper names for the female, male, and baby goats. The end of the dairy tour we will taste our fresh delicious milk and cheese.
Chickens Students will learn basic care and identification of our chicks and full grown chickens which will include feeding and watering of our flock. They will also have the opportunity to learn how to clean and package our all natural, PA Preferred™ eggs. In addition, students will learn how to incorporate sustainable farming practices for the health and safety of our chickens.
Chickens The children will also learn interesting facts about the egg production and incubation periods. Finally we will discuss the USDA testing that has proven Free Range Eggs to be far more superior in nutritional benefits. We will define the term “Free Range” and evaluate the additional nutritional benefits.
Woods Walk The woods walk teaches children different aspects of the forest. It shows how the forest changes with the seasons as well as what happens to animals during the different seasons. Children can see and experience things such as new tree growth, then learn why it is important. The guide discusses domestic and wild animals while on the wood walk.
Woods Walk Children look for evidence of animals while on the woods walk. For example, they may see termites in trees, salamanders under rocks or deer frolicking in the pasture. They also learn about animals that live in the forest as compared to animals that live on a farm. They learn the difference between domesticated animals and wild animals. The children are taught the importance of conservation of the forest and our natural resources.
Pasture Our tour includes visiting the horses in the pasture. We explain the use of shoes and discuss horse safety. We explain to never approach a strange horse without permission, the correct way to feed a horse, and how to behave around horses.
Pasture As Part of our farm tour, we also show children our sheep and teach them all about wool. We explain how the wool is processed, from shearing all the way to yarn production. The children get to touch raw wool and learn the benefits of this renewable resource.
Thank you! Please call us at 610-838-2928 http://www.flinthill-farm.org