Explore & Discover – Connecting Students with Agriculture!
School Tours at Rounds Ranch
An Educational & FUN Farm Experience
We provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities that meet curriculum requirements and various learning goals for grades J/K to Grade 3!
Our spring school tours run from early May until the end of June and offer an interactive experience to allow for natural learning while reinforcing the vital link between farming from inception to consumption. Your day at the Ranch will include a rich environment for learning and understanding and include a complimentary mix of Science and Technology along with Health and Physical Activity to meet Ontario’s Elementary curriculum requirements. Our 4,000 sq/ft wes
tern pavilion is ideal for gathering, conversing and offers picnic tables for snack and lunch breaks. Separate public washrooms, and a drinking fountain are also located just outside the pavilion.
Farm Animal Tour
Spring time is when we celebrate ‘new life’ on the farm with baby animals born (or hatched) each week and is the ideal time for children to engage using some or all of their five senses. The children will have an opportunity to hold, pet and feed baby bunnies, chicks, goats and sheep – visit ponies, llamas, ‘Glory’ our donkey as well as observe and discover the basics of hatching chicks. Each parent helper will be able to ask questions of their group of 5 children when they visit the different animals. “What coat are these animals wearing? Feathers, fur, wool or hair?” The significance and importance of farming and self discovery of where food comes from will be taught through an interactive game where the students identify how some foods transform into others. This one hour guided tour is designed to meet curriculum requirements for JK to Grade 2. The farm visit includes one additional hour in our “Ranchland” playground area that features pedal carts, straw maze, barnyard boxcars, and western fort with slides and zip-lines.
Plant Life Tour
Each student will participate in a fun skit on the lifecycle of corn. The interactive skit includes the importance of the sun and rain to help plants grow as well as the farm machinery used to prepare the soil and harvest the crop. This tour also includes a fun exercise where the students use their mapping skills to gather the perfect seed bed for their corn, bean (or pea) seed. Students are divided into groups of 5. Each student receives a styrofoam cup and each group receives a map of the Ranch. As a group they are to read the map to find the location of the necessary ingredients to grow a plant. (bedrock, subsoil, topsoil, soil organisms, seed, and water). The students can take their planted seed home. This tour is one hour in length. The farm visit includes one additional hour in our western playground playing on the pedal carts, straw maze, barnyard boxcars, and western fort.
At Rounds Ranch, we offer spring school class trips from mid April until the end of June that are designed to meet curriculum requirements for J/K – Gr. 3. All tours are “hands-on” and interactive. Included, is a large covered eating area with picnic tables for snack and lunch breaks, separate public washrooms, and a drinking fountain.
Sincerely, Samantha Zuercher, RECE
Child Care Representative
County of Simcoe, Children & Community Services Department
Samantha Zuercher, RECE Child Care Representative County of Simcoe, Children & Community Services Department