Top tips for a great Open Farm School Days Visit
So, you’ve decided to organise an Open Farm School Days visit, that’s great! Here are a few things to consider to get you started:
Get in touch with your local school – tell them about Open Farm School Days and explain you are taking part. Talk about your farm and what you have to offer and how the visit could fit in with the curriculum. Remember – do this as early as possible, before other events get organised. Here is a template email letter you could use.
Think about the type of visit you want to offer – on foot, tractor and trailer. Do you want to organise a full day or half day visit – either is fine! What age groups are you interested in having around? What activities to offer?
What you’ll need
Make sure you have adequate car parking space. Do you have a secured covered area with seating? Toilet and hand washing facilities. Signage so teachers and children know where to go. Helpers on the day – ask friends, family and neighbours to lend a hand. Have a wet weather plan!
For further information:
www.visitmyfarm.org – is a joint LEAF/FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) website covering everything you need to know about hosting a visit for schools. It includes planning and activity ideas, resource library, how to promote your event, and much more.