Educational Farm Tours Make Great Field Trips & Group Outings!
At Smolak Farms, we have further developed our Educational Tours to align with and in some cases exceed MA STEM/STEAM standards, providing a wide range of integrated growth opportunity for all ages through experiential learning processes. After exploring the subtitles that fall under each category, please contact the Education Department to learn how each tour can be customized to suit the needs of your group and grade level. Tours are available year-round with the exception of our fruit-picking tours, which are seasonal. Prices vary due to season and content. Tours are designed to accommodate all groups, including public and private schools, homeschooling, girl/boy scouts, daycare and preschool groups, elder care groups, and more.
*A Note on Winter & Weather: Here at Smolak Farms we adopt the belief that “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing choices.” Winter may seem like a hibernation period for farms, but this is not true! The winter season is vital for reflection, planning and getting a headstart on the planting season. While we will not have the opportunity for hayrides during this season, short walking tours require a need to dress appropriately for weather, which in New England can be quite unpredictable. Boots or shoes that have good tread, rain ponchos, hats, gloves and scarves are necessary in addition to warm winter coats!
Smolak Farms strives to maintain high-quality educational programming. Due to an increase in expenses, we unfortunately have had to raise our costs to maintain the highest quality in educational tours. We thank you for understanding. Please see our new pricing lists for 2019 below, which vary depending on season and content.
Fruit & Berry-Picking Tours: $10/child with one free adult per group.
Farming & Agricultural Tours: $12/child with one free adult/teacher per group.
Structural Design & Engineering: $12/child with one free adult/teacher per group.
Ecology & Earth Science: $12/child with one free adult/teacher per group
Living Arts: $12/child with one free adult/teacher per group.
Elder Educational Tours: $15/person
Fruit & Berry Picking: (Seasonal) “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Our fruit and berry picking tours have been a popular local activity for decades! Tour reservations fill up months in advance, so contact us to make your seasonally appropriate reservation today.
Farming & Agriculture: Agricultural manager Jeremy Tackett refers to the entire farm as ‘an organism,’ and within that organism lies the potential for hands-on exploration of the following areas:
- Bees & Beekeeping
- Animal Husbandry
- Fruit – Picking Tours
- Plant identification
Structural Design & Engineering: The design and implementation of interconnected systems that compliment and benefit one another is crucial to to the success of our farm. Balance between the human and pre-existing natural systems is key. Experience these processes in the following areas:
- Landscape Design
- Structural Design & Building
- Designing & Implementing Systems
- Farm & Farmstand Management
Ecology & Earth Science: Understanding and working harmoniously with the biodiverse ecosystems of the farm is vital to its successful functionality.
- Matter & Energy
Living Arts: Much of what we refer to today as crafting began as necessity in earlier times. Discover the artforms that begin on the farm and can be practically applied to daily life in the following areas:
- Plant dyes
- Fiber processing and crafting
- Candle making
- Design and drawing
- Music and plant life
- Observation and painting
- Basket weaving
- Herbal sachets
Elder Educational Tours are also available!
As studies continue to reveal, the health of our elders has as much to do with physical needs as cognitive. Many older adults suffering from dementia and alzheimers remain physically fit and crave more activity. Our Elder Educational tours provide a safe and beautiful atmosphere to encourage both physical and cognitive exercise, whether working with animals, gardening, cooking workshops and more!
Important Tour Information
Reservations and Cost
- Reservations are required.
- A minimum of 15 people are required to book a tour (except for Hop on Tours).
- One teacher per class (20 – 25 students) is free.
- A non-refundable deposit of $140 is required for groups of 25 or more and a $70 deposit is required for groups smaller than 25 people. The deposit must be received by our office 3 weeks prior to your tour in order to guarantee your date and time slot.
Arrival and Check-In
- Groups should arrive 15 MINUTES prior to the tour’s scheduled start time.
- An adult in charge must check in at the Education and Activities Office located next to the bus parking lot.
- The remaining balance for the entire group is payable in full prior to loading the wagon. There are no exceptions. We accept cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard and American Express. If you are using a purchase order, the paper purchase order must be presented upon arrival. A $25 fee will be assessed for any check returned for any reason.
- Due to the large number of groups who reserve tours during our busy fall season, late arrivals or starts caused by groups may result in condensed or shortened tours. Please be on time.
Facilities, Weather and Dress
- Smolak Farms has portable toilets on the premises for our visitors.
- Please note that tours do go out rain or shine, except in severe weather conditions. All of our hay wagons are covered.
- Wagons cannot accommodate strollers or wheelchairs.
- Please have children dress appropriately for the weather e.g.; boots, raincoats, hats, jackets, mittens, etc. We also recommend that everyone wear closed-toe shoes.
- Cancellations by a group will result in the loss of the full deposit.
- Smolak Farms reserves the right to cancel any tour due to severe weather conditions. Should cancellation by Smolak Farms be necessary, we will notify your tour’s contact person by approximately 7:30 AM on the day of the tour. In this situation, we will try to reschedule the tour. If this is not possible, a full refund of the deposit will be issued.
For questions or reservations please email firstname.lastname@example.org.