Take a Field Trip

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General Information

Whether a large group of professionals or students, we offer a competitive group rate to encourage participation.

With a party of 15 or more, your group will qualify for our special rate of $8 per person (this rate includes sales tax). We recommend making arrangements for a school field trip or large group at least 2 weeks in advance, via our online form. We accept only cash or check for large groups.

For school groups, we recommend one chaperone for every 10 students. Because of the nature of the Farm, chaperones are required to stay with their group at all times and are responsible for the conduct and safety of students.

Unless there is a case of severe weather, programming for field trips and tours will always continue, rain or shine.

We encourage our groups to enjoy the Island Farm environment – picnic lunches are welcomed! There is a grassy lawn available for picnicking, adjacent to the Visitor’s Center. Island Farm has ample space for bus parking and maneuvering, too.

Not part of the public school system? No problem. Each year, Island Farm hosts a Homeschool History Day! Check out our calendar for all of the details.

Educational Programs

Island Farm’s staff is proud to offer programming that is cohesive with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. A basic outline of our programs can be found below. If you’ve got questions, feel free to contact us! Our activities vary seasonally. They are always different, exciting, and memorable!

A Farmer’s Life for Me!

K – 2nd Grades | Program Length 45 minutes | Maximum 75 students per program

Explore a traditional Outer Banks farmstead, where our educators will tour our younger students on a multi-sensory journey through Island Farm.

Through four-five interpretive stations, interact with the farm’s animals, learn about traditional hearth cooking, island living, and how families lived by harvesting and growing their own foods.

By the Fruits of Their Labor: Life on an Island Farm

3rd – 12th Grades | Program Length 70 minutes | Maximum 120 students per program

Here, our educators focus on experiences and ask students to acclimatize to an 1850s island farm and learn by doing; students will take away a variety of tools by which to understand coastal history and traditional skills. Early Outer Banks are revealed as strong and resolute – able to successfully live and eventually thrive in a notoriously harsh and unpredictable environment.

Students will learn subsistence, coastal customs, and early work techniques through four-five interpretive stations which may include agricultural practices, hearth cooking, butter making, egg-collecting, animal lessons, a musket firing demonstration, blacksmithing demonstration, or a farmhouse tour.

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