Farm Tours

*All activities subject to change due to availability, farmer’s discretion and weather.

Spring on the Farm

  • Tours are 3 hours in length with 1/2 hour break for lunch (lunches are not provided)
  • 1-1/2 hour tour option is available for half-day pre-K
  • Contact us for pricing & special events
  • Spring tour includes the following activities*
Hay wagon

Hayrides

Enjoy a scenic country ride through our fields while spotting our farm animals going about their day along the way. Safety is our #1 concern, especially on the wagons! So, we make sure all teachers, parents and guardians are aware of our safety procedures. We ask that they participate in the fun by joining on the ride and keeping a close eye on their children. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time!
Goat

Goat milking

Not only will we demonstrate for you how to milk a goat, but we will give each visitor the opportunity to try it themselves. We first show the technique for milking then give you the chance to be a farmer for the day.

Egg

Egg collecting

Our tours are all presented in a way that you can learn about the daily life on our farm, and try it out too. Every one learns how the hens cage works and how the farmer would collect the eggs they lay. We even let the children collect their own egg to put in our collecting basket, as if they were a farmer!

Sheep

Hand feeding sheep & goats

Who wouldn’t want to feed our friendly farm animals? We give everyone on our tour handfuls of sheep and goat feed to walk over to the sheep and goats as they eat right from the palm of your hand.

Cow face

Learning about & meeting other animals

Meet many of our friendly animals on the farm! We ask the children to point out the difference in each breed of animal we have including our cows, goats, sheep, bunnies, chicken, pigs, and donkeys. We educate visitors on these breeds to understand why a farm might choose to have a certain breed over another. Along with many other fun facts about each animal and their purpose on our farm.

Baby bottle

Bottle feeding baby goats

Meet our adorable kids (baby goats) and get the chance to feed them milk from a bottle. We use the milk we get from our adult milking goats and feed it back to the babies, so there is no waste.

Sheep shearing

Sheep shearing demonstration

During the tours, you get the unique opportunity to see our professional shearer demonstrate how the sheep’s fur gets sheared off. This is a favorite among many of all ages, because it is both fun and very informative. We show you how and why we need to maintain our farm animals, even on their haircuts!

Potted plant

Planting Activity

Flowers are quintessential to spring time, so we let everyone join in the gardening fun! Each Child gets to participate in planting at our farm, with the optional choice to take home planted seeds in a pot. It’s messy and fun for all!

*All activities are subject to change

Fall on the Farm

  • Tours are 3 hours in length with 1/2 hour break for lunch (lunches are not provided)
  • 1-1/2 hour tour option is available for half-day pre-K
  • Contact us for pricing & special events
  • Fall tour includes the following activities*
Hay wagon

Hayrides

Enjoy a scenic country ride through our fields while spotting our farm animals going about their day along the way. Safety is our #1 concern, especially on the wagons! So, we make sure all teachers, parents and guardians are aware of our safety procedures. We ask that they participate in the fun by joining on the ride and keeping a close eye on their children. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time!
Goat

Goat milking

Not only will we demonstrate for you how to milk a goat, but we will give each visitor the opportunity to try it themselves. We first show the technique for milking then give you the chance to be a farmer for the day.

Egg

Egg collecting

Our tours are all presented in a way that you can learn about the daily life on our farm, and try it out too. Every one learns how the hens cage works and how the farmer would collect the eggs they lay. We even let the children collect their own egg to put in our collecting basket, as if they were a farmer!

Sheep

Hand feeding sheep & goats

Who wouldn’t want to feed our friendly farm animals? We give everyone on our tour handfuls of sheep and goat feed to walk over to the sheep and goats as they eat right from the palm of your hand.

Cow face

Learning about & meeting other animals

Meet many of our friendly animals on the farm! We ask the children to point out the difference in each breed of animal we have including our cows, goats, sheep, bunnies, chicken, pigs, and donkeys. We educate visitors on these breeds to understand why a farm might choose to have a certain breed over another. Along with many other fun facts about each animal and their purpose on our farm.

Corn Maze

Corn maze

For younger visitors, there is a maze designed specifically for their height. They have fun trying to navigate their way through, as parents, guardians and teachers cheer them on.
Pumpkin

Pumpkin picking

Every visitor gets to go out to our field and pick their own pumpkin to take home with them. It’s a great decorative piece around the house for the fall time, or some even make a yummy dessert from it!

Apple Basket

Apple pressing

Not many have seen a working apple press before, but we have one and show you how to use it! We give a demonstration, then pass out a cup of apple cider to everyone for a little taste of autumn.
Scarecrow

Scarecrow building*

We love to be festive with the seasons, so we welcome our fall visitors to bring their own set of clothes to stuff with the provided straw and make their own scarecrow. Kids love this activity, even the very young ones. If your group is not old enough to make a scarecrow on their own, we recommend making one big scarecrow as a fun group activity.

*Bring your own clothes

Sheep shearing

Sheep shearing demonstration

During the tours, you get the unique opportunity to see our professional shearer demonstrate how the sheep’s fur gets sheared off. This is a favorite among many of all ages, because it is both fun and very informative. We show you how and why we need to maintain our farm animals, even on their haircuts!

*All activities are subject to change

Virtual Trips

  • Tours are available year-round for all school grade ages (30 or 45 minute visits)
  • Contact us for pricing
  • Q&A with your farm guide included with each tour
  • Activities can be customized to each class*
Goat

Goat milking

We demonstrate how to milk a goat. We first show the technique for milking.

Egg

Egg collecting

Our tours are all presented in a way that you can learn about the daily life on our farm. Every one learns how the hens cage works and how the farmer would collect the eggs they lay.

Sheep

Hand feeding sheep & goats

Watch the farm guide feed the sheep and goats right from the palm of their hand.

Cow face

Learning about & meeting other animals

Meet many of our friendly animals on the farm! We ask the children to point out the difference in each breed of animal we have including our cows, goats, sheep, bunnies, chicken, pigs, and donkeys. We educate visitors on these breeds to understand why a farm might choose to have a certain breed over another. Along with many other fun facts about each animal and their purpose on our farm.

Baby bottle

Bottle feeding baby goats

Meet our adorable kids (baby goats) and get the chance to watch them drink milk from a bottle. We use the milk we get from our adult milking goats and feed it back to the babies, so there is no waste.

Sheep shearing

Sheep shearing demonstration

You get the unique opportunity to see our professional shearer demonstrate how the sheep’s fur gets sheared off. This is a favorite among many of all ages, because it is both fun and very informative. We show you how and why we need to maintain our farm animals, even on their haircuts!

Potted plant

Planting

Gardening is quintessential to our farm. We show how to plant seeds in a pot. It’s messy and fun for all!

Apple Basket

Apple press demonstration

Not many have seen a working apple press before, but we have one and show you how it is used to make apple cider!

*All activities are subject to change

Why Choose Us?

The Doyle’s Farm, a sixth generation farm family, would like you to enjoy a fun and educational taste of farm life. Our goal is to acquaint students with the vanishing heritage of farm living.

Depending on the season, you’ll share in planting or harvesting crops, get hands-on demonstrations of farm machinery and care for various farm animals. Additionally, all our visitors enjoy the peaceful farm setting as a change of pace from today’s busy life-style. 

A field trip to Doyle’s Farm is fun, safe and educational. Student trips to Doyle’s Farm are our main focus. Specializing in school tours at our active and local farm has made us the teachers’ first choice for agriculture related curriculum in the state.

Grade specific programs let students learn all about farming and where our food comes from. Our programs meet NJ curriculum criteria for each grade listed below.

5.3.1 Investigate and compare the basic physical characteristics of plants, humans, and other animals (e.g., observing and discussing leaves, stems, roots, body parts; observing and drawing different insects; sorting leaves by shape; comparing animals with fur to those with feathers).
SWBAT (Students will be able to): Observe and be taught by our tour guides basic physical characteristics of many farm animals as they meet and greet them throughout the tour. Expect to see, but not limited to: sheep, goats, cows, ponies, horses, hen, & bunnies. (i.e. the children will observe that sheep have fur. In our sheep shearing demonstration children will be able to feel the sheep’s fur and see how it is shaved off).

5.3.2 Observe similarities and differences in the needs of living things, and differences between living and nonliving things (e.g., observing and discussing similarities between animal babies and their parents; discussing the differences between a living thing, such as a hermit crab, and a nonliving thing, such as a shell).
SWBAT: Understand the similarities and differences in the needs of animals. The tour guide will explain the concepts and question the students on what they already know about the needs of animals, humans, and plants. The differences of living and nonliving things will be highlighted throughout the tour including active participation between the guide and students. (i.e. the tour guide may ask a question such as “What does an animal need to survive? A flower? You?”. This will allow the tour guide to emphasize the distinct similarities and differences of the needs of living things).

5.3.3 Observe and describe how natural habitats provide for the basic needs of plants and animals with respect to shelter, food, water, air, and light (e.g., digging outside in the soil to investigate the kinds of animal life that live in and around the ground or replicating a natural habitat in a classroom terrarium).
SWBAT: Understand by seeing how the natural habitats of animals and plants provide all basic needs for life. For example, during our cow segments – explaining that a cow in nature drinks from natural water sources found on the earth, eats the grass in the fields, and then finds a shady spot under a tree to lay down and sleep. Or, when planting a flower in the springtime, showing students that the flower will get everything it needs from nature when its planted in the ground- water, sunlight, and space to grow).

5.3.4 Observe and record change over time and cycles of change that affect living things (e.g., monitoring the life cycle of a plant, using children’s baby photographs to discuss human change and growth, using unit blocks to record the height of classroom plants).
SWBAT: Participants will observe and plant their own flower (during the spring tours) while discussing the life cycle of flowers.

5.4.2 Explore the effects of sunlight on living and nonliving things (e.g., growing plants with and without sunlight, investigating shadows that occur when the sun’s light is blocked by objects).
SWBAT: Evaluate and learn the effects sunlight has on the animals on the farm, and the growth of their planted flowers in the spring.

5.4.4 Demonstrate emergent awareness of the need for conservation, recycling, and respect for the environment (e.g., turning off water faucets, collecting empty yogurt cups for reuse as paint containers, separating materials in recycling bins, re-using clean paper goods for classroom collage and sculpture projects).
SWBAT: A greater respect for the environment while on our farm and the animals that live there. They will see how important cleaning up all trash after themselves, and keeping human food and trash away from the animals is to their health and the health of our community.

K-LS1-1 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
SWBAT: Observe patterns of need for both plants and animals. For example, students will see and be instructed by the tour guide that animals need the same things as a human to survive; water, shelter and food. They will see that the types of food and shelter are different, and the way that animals obtain their food varies by species. They will also learn what plants need for survival.

K-ESS2-2 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
SWBAT: Observe our animals in their natural habitat and see how they affect the environment to meet their needs. In the spring, the students will get to see how the flower they plant will eventually outgrow its container and will need to be planted in a garden. The flowers roots will start to take over another part of the flowerbed in order to continue to thrive.

K-ESS3-1 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
SWBAT: Recognize that the different habitats that each animal lives in correspond with their needs. (i.e. cows live in fields with lots of fresh grass and a few trees because they eat grass to survive and enjoy laying under trees in the shade to digest their food). This will be reinforced by the tour guide throughout the trip.

1-LS3-1 Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
SWBAT: Observe the young animals and plants with their parents at our farm and note the differences/similarities, which will be reinforced by the tour guide throughout the trip.

1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
SWBAT: complete this exercise in the classroom from observing and being instructed about the needs and characteristics of animals on our farm. Specific attention on animal and plant external parts, how these parts protect them and help them to survive and grow.

1-LS1-2 Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
SWBAT: Highlight patterns in both their parents and themselves that are for the purpose of helping them grow, survive and ultimately live on their own. (i.e. throughout the tour students will observe and be taught by the tour guide that offspring may give their parents signals that include hunger, being hurt or upset by crying, cheeping, or other sounds, and the parents respond to this by feeding, comforting, and protecting their young).

2-LS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
SWBAT: Relate their farm experience of planting flowers in the spring, or picking pumpkins in the fall, with knowledge learned from the tour guide, that no matter the species all plants need water and sunlight to live and grow.

2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
SWBAT: Observe and note the differences around the animals and plants in each different habitat on the farm. (i.e. the tour guide will point out and question the students on the differences between their habitats and compare that to other non-farm animal habitats to show that each animal lives in a habitat unique to their needs).

3-LS1-1 Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
SWBAT: Observe and gain knowledge from the instruction of the tour guide on the pattern of the life cycle for all living things. (i.e. The tour guide will point out the young animals and explain that they will continue in the same life cycle as their parents. Also, during the spring, the students will be taught the life cycle of flowers when they plant their own flower. During the colder times students will be taught the life cycle of pumpkins when they pick their own pumpkin to take home).

3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
SWBAT: Learn from the tour guide that some of the animals on the farm, such as horses, sheep and goats, always stay in a pack because it helps them get their food, defend themselves from predators, and even gives some comfort.

3-LS3-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
SWBAT: Observe animals and plants together with their offspring and note differences and similarities, which will be reinforced by the tour guide throughout the trip. (i.e. the students can observe for themselves the similarities and differences that are seen between parent animals and their offspring, and the tour guide will explain and highlight these characteristics between animals).

3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
SWBAT: learn that animal and plant characteristics can be altered as a result of their environment and give examples of how the immediate environment may contrast with one that is more common to the species. (i.e. the tour guide will open a question-driven discussion with the students on the effects of giving the animals too much or too little food, and how that could change their appearance).

3-LS4-2 Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
SWBAT: Identify the favorable characteristics that some animals and plants may enjoy in their environment and contrast it with that of various other plants and animals that experience more harsh environments. (i.e. the tour guide might ask questions such as: “what trait of an animal would help it to survive by blending in?” then continuing the discussion around examples of camouflage).

3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
SWBAT: Discuss some of the factors that make up the typical habitat of certain plant or animal examples and the ways that habitat can change to help or hinder their survival. (i.e. the tour guide will demonstrate to the students that certain farm animals prefer and thrive in the shade vs the sun, or the grass vs the water compared to other animals. The discussion will continue with other various plant and animal examples and circumstances).

3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.
SWBAT: Understand that when there are changes in the environment all plants and animals are effected. The tour guide will return to this theme with the students throughout the tour.

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