Hartland Farm and Orchard loves participating in the education of children and has a lot to offer school groups. We welcome school field trips on weekdays in September and October. To schedule a field trip, call Cheryll Green at (540) 532-0436.


Educational programs are designed to meet the Virginia Standards of Learning for math, social studies, and science. Under the numbered objectives below are the activities we are prepared to do with students. Some use apples and some use pumpkins. Teachers can choose the activities for their students when making their field trip reservation. Depending on the activities chosen, students will leave the farm with either a small pumpkin or an apple.


What fun can you expect to accompany learning at Hartland Farm and Orchard? Students and chaperones will get to go on a hayride, and our Fun Field will be open for play! There are pig races, a pretend cow to milk, a corn maze, a jumping pillow, farm animals, and plenty of room to play outside! Picnic tables are available for lunch or snacks. If you have an especially large group, plan on picnicking on the ground and bringing blankets for students to sit on.


We are open for school field trips Tuesday through Friday, by appointment for groups of 20 students or more. The cost is $8 for students, parents, and siblings age 2 and up. There is no charge for school staff.


It is important to arrive on time! We don't want a delay to affect the exciting activities we will have planned for your students. There may be groups scheduled following you, and if you are late, you may have to wait to follow their check-in process.


Please plan on paying by check or credit card immediately upon arrival. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted. Wrist bands will be provided once fees are collected.


These SOLs can be met by the described activity at Hartland Farm. Guidance was provided by an expert Virginia public school teacher.

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Kindergarten

Sol K.4

Identify and name six basic colors, including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple; and identify and name black and white.

Students will name and sort red and green apples, or we will color pumpkins orange with a black Jack-o-Lantern design depending on the program you choose.

Compare objects using the concepts of heavy/light, long/short, wide/thin, big/little, and large/small.

Students will listen to an apple or pumpkin-themed story. Students will sort pumpkins using the above language. 


Science SOL K.7

The student will investigate and understand basic needs and life processes of plants.

  1. Plants change as they grow, have varied life cycles, and eventually die.
  2. Describe the life needs of plants. Life needs are nutrients, water, air, light, and a place that has adequate space for them to grow.
  3. Describe some simple changes that plants undergo during their life cycles. This may include size, presence of leaves and branches, fruits, and seeds.
  4. Compare and contrast young plants and animals with their parents, using pictures or live organisms.
  5. Predict what will happen to plants if life needs are not met.
  6. We have several options including an investigating what's inside apples or pumpkins, or planting winter wheat seeds to take home. Teachers can choose the activity best suited for their class.


Social Studies SOL K.4

Terms to know:

  1. Map: a drawing that shows what a place looks like from above and can show the location of places in real-life situations. They show the position and/or location of things or objects. Maps can show simple drawings of classrooms, playgrounds, neighborhoods, rivers, and oceans.
  2. Model: something that stands for something else. They show things and objects as they are, only smaller.


Our corn maze experience comes with a map! The corn maze map can be used to meet this SOL through a discussion of the map and students following (or trying to follow!) the map through the maze.

First Grade

Science SOL 1.4

In order to meet this standard, it is expected that students will:

  1. Identify the functions of the seed, root, stem, and leaf.
  2. Interpret a model/drawing of a plant, including seeds, roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits.


Students will be lead in a demonstration (before frost) using live plants, particularly pumpkin plants.


Science SOL 1.4

Terms to know:

  1. Map: a drawing that shows what places look like from above and where they are located.
  2. Symbol: a picture or thing that stands for something else-land, water, cities, and roads.
  3. Map Legend: a list of shapes and symbols used on a map and an explanation of what each one stands for
  4. Cardinal directions: the directions of north, east, south, and west.

Using the above objectives to guide discussions, we will use a map of the corn maze to teach about maps before students explore the maze. 

Second Grade

Science SOL 2.4

In order to meet this standard, it is expected that students will:

  1. Identify the stages in the life cycle of a flowering plant.
  2. Classes who come before the first frost, will learn about plant parts using the pumpkin plants in our pumpkin patch. Classes who come after the first frost (pumpkin foliage dies with the first frost) will be taught using a poster of the plant parts. Teachers can also choose to have students make an apple tree life-cycle bracelet.


Social Studies SOL 2.6

In order to meet this standard, it is expected that students will maps include the following:\

  1. Title: the name or kind of map
  2. Map legend: a list of shapes and symbols used in a map and an explanation of what each stands for.
  3. Compass rose: a symbol that shows directions (north, east, south, and west) on a map


We will use the above objectives to guide a brief talk about the corn maze map and the students can use the map in the maze.


Students need to understand different types of resources including the following: 

  1. Natural: water, soil, wood, and coal.
  2. Human: farmers, miners, builders, and painters.
  3. Capital: hammers, computers, trucks, lawn mowers, barns, and cows.


This is a hard objective to teach in the classroom without real-world examples. Learning about these economics on the farm is a perfect and memorable example.

We will have a chart listing the different types of resources. We will give students pictures of different things that have to do with the farm. Students will add the pictures of the items to the correct section on the chart as we discuss them.


Social Studies SOL 2.9

Terms to know:


  • Scarcity: Not being able to meet all wants at the same time because resources are limited
  • Consumer: A person who uses goods and services
  • Producer: A person who uses resources to make goods and/or provide services
  • Following the resource activity, we will introduce this vocabulary talking about running out of apples and pumpkins on the farm.

Third Grade

Social Studies SOL 3.7

Terms to know:

  1. Natural resources: Materials that come directly from nature (e.g., water, soil, wood, coal).
  2. Human resources: People working to produce goods and services.
  3. Capital resources: Goods made by people and used to produce other goods and services (machines, tools, buildings).
  4. Producers: People who use resources to make goods and/or provide services.
  5. Goods: Things that people make or use to satisfy needs and wants.
  6. Services: Activities that satisfy people's needs and wants.


This is a hard objective to teach in the classroom without real-world examples. Learning about these economics on the farm is a perfect and memorable example. We will have a chart listing the different types of resources. We will give students pictures of different things that have to do with the farm. Students will add the pictures of the items to the correct section on the chart as we discuss them. Then they will try to name some more.


Social Studies 3.8

The student will recognize that because people and regions cannot produce everything they want, they specialize in producing some things and trade for the rest.


Students will be led in a discussion about the following economic concepts as they apply to Hartland Farm which will provide them memorable examples.

  • Specialization occurs when people focus on the production of selected goods and services.
  • People and regions often specialize in the production of certain goods and services.
  • Specialization encourages trade because people want goods and services that they do not have.
  • People trade when individuals or groups benefit from the trade.


Mathematics SOL Objectives K-3

Measurement Strand

Students can estimate the weight and weigh apples or pumpkins.

Students can do addition and subtraction problems using apples.

Students can measure ingredients for one baked apple. If this activity is chosen, each child will receive an apple and the ingredients for one baked apple with a recipe card for their take-home gift. We need one week notice for this option.


Very important information:

  1. Everyone must remain seated on hayrides at all times.
  2. Teachers and/or parents will be responsible for supervising children in the corn maze and fun field.
  3. Refunds are not available if the weather changes during your visit and your trip must end early. 
  4. Closed-toed shoes are best for farm activities.
  5. Sunscreen and hats may be useful.
  6. Please arrive on time. If you are late and we have another group coming, it may prevent us from providing the service you are expecting.