Travel backwards across the geological timeline as students discuss different types of rocks and their formation. With this educational tour, students will learn about the geology of Virginia’s five different provinces, and then they’ll get their hands into the action like the prospectors of old, panning for treasure in our gem mining sluice. Students discuss igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rock types, and older classes will discuss rock characteristics and ways to identify rock types. Each student will take home a bag of rough cut rocks and gems to identify back in the classroom, using the identification card included with the field trip. Tours are available Tuesdays-Fridays.
Don’t forget to exercise those gross motor skills in our 5-acre play area! Our 2800 square foot Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillow, Double Barrel 80-foot slides, pedal cart track, and rope swings will make your heart race! You can become a Maze Master by challenging each of our 4 mazes. See who can climb up the Rubber Ridge tractor tire mountain the fastest, or go for a romp in our Corn Bin.
The Gem Mining Field Trip (April-October) is $9 per person, and includes:
- Discussion of rock types formation
- Virginia province geology education
- Mining activity with a bag of stones and sand to wash in the sluice
- Rock & Gem identification card
- Compost Your Lunch Soil station
- Wagon ride tour of the farm
- Gross motor work-out in our farm play area after your tour
With each of our school trips, one bus driver and one teacher receive complimentary admission for every 15 paid students, with a minimum of 15 students. We are here rain or shine, and there are several covered areas available to shelter your group if inclement weather arises.
Let us provide hotdogs for lunch so you can save time and enjoy your field trip and educational experience!
Please bring water for your group. We strongly recommend a large cooler with cups.
CSA/Fan Memberships, Military ID and Promotional offers are not applicable for school tour admission.