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Farm and Wilderness Exploration

Evening and Overnight Addition

Programs Including NGSS Concepts

NGSS Engineering Discovery Day (NEW!)

Farm and Wilderness Exploration (FWE) - 2nd to 6th Grade

Trek through the wilderness, interact with farm animals and explore our organic garden -- all in a single, action-packed day!  Farm and Wilderness Exploration invites students to appreciate the connectedness of all life while discovering the unique characteristics and roles of plants and animals on the trail and farm.  Students build confidence and develop new insights as they inspect an animal track in the trail, meet a banana slug along the creek, examine critters in the compost pile, or pet a farm animal. 

Classroom Visit - as a part of this program we visit your classroom to help prepare students for their field trip. Our Hidden Villa Naturalist will introduce topics relevant to the farm and wilderness. The visit lasts 2 hours and includes an interactive presentation and science-rich hands-on learning stations. 

Duration:  Up to 5 hours 30 minutes                 Times:  9:00am to 2:30pm (flexible),  Tuesday – Friday


Program Capacity
We can accomodate 64 students. If you have a group that is slightly larger than this, please contact us. After an opening cirlce, students will be divided into groups of 8 to 9 students each. 

Fees
$19/person September - February
$21/person March - May
$125/class for required Classroom Visit. (For schools outside Santa Clara, San Mateo, or San Francisco there is an addtional $25 fee)

This program is priced per participant. The number of adults you register should include the number of teachers planning on accompanying the trip. For every 8 children, you are entitled to 1 free adult registration. For instance, a group of 60 students includes 8 adults free of charge.  

Registration Proccess, Cancellation Policy, and Weather Policy 

 

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Evening & Overnight Addition - 2nd to 6th Grade 

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Enhance your Farm and Wilderness Exploration with an Overnight. You can extend your visit to invlude an evening program, a night hike, and an overnight stay in our rustic hostel! Discover the marvels of farm life and learn caretaking by helping with afternoon farm chores. These may including milking, feeding or egg-collecting maong other essential tasks. 
During the evening, you’ll participate in songs and skits before trekking out for a night hike under the stars. Experience the beauty of the night-sky and catch rare opportunities to observe creatures that only venture out at night. Participants stay in heated cabins at the Hidden Villa Hostel and cook their own meals in the Hostel kitchen. Stay with us for one or two nights!

Overnights are possible on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings and can be the night before or night of your FWE. These experience ust be in October, November, February, March or April. All meals are arranged by your parents and teachers and adult chaperones provided by the school will supervise children at all times during the overnight visits.  

Chores:  3:30pm-4:30pm  Evening Program: 7:00pm - 9:00pm            

Fees
$25/child
$13/adult who stays the night

Program Capacity
Maximum of 30 students. For exceptions, please contact hveep@hiddenvilla.org or (650)949-8644.

Registration Proccess, Cancellation Policy, and Weather Policy 

*First register for a FWE.  Be sure and pick a FWE designated with an *asterisk. When you register the system will prompt you to add the overnight.  


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Programs Including NGSS Concepts - 2nd to 6th Grade

Bringing students to a Hidden Villa Environmental Education program will give your students hands-on experiences that you can draw on to teach NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). Their experiences here will enrich their learning and activate their curiosity for both science and environmental literacy. To further customize your Hidden Villa program to meet your NGSS teaching needs, please contact us at hveep@hiddenvilla.org or 650 949-8644.

Our area of NGSS emphasis:

Grade NGSS Concept
2nd LS2-1 Plants need sunlight and water to grow.
  LS2-2 Animals disperse seeds or pollinate plants.
  LS4-1 The diversity of life in different habitats.
3rd LS1-1 Organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  LS 4-4 When the environment changes, the types of plants and animals that live there may change.
4th ESS2-1 The effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
  ESS3-1 Energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
  LS1-1 Animals internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  LS1-2 Animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
5th ESS3-1 Individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
  LS2-1 The movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  PS3-1 How animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.

 

Duration:  Up to 5 hours 30 minutes          
       
Times:  9:00am to 2:30pm (flexible),  Tuesday – Friday


Program Capacity
We can accomodate 64 students. If you have a group that is slightly larger than this, please contact us. After an opening cirlce, students will be divided into groups of 8 to 9 students each. 

Fees
$19/person September - February
$21/person March - May
$125/class for required Classroom Visit. (For schools outside Santa Clara, San Mateo, or San Francisco there is an addtional $25 fee)

This program is priced per participant. The number of adults you register should include the number of teachers planning on accompanying the trip. For every 8 children, you are entitled to 1 free adult registration. For instance, a group of 60 students includes 8 adults free of charge.  

Registration Proccess, Cancellation Policy, and Weather Policy 

 

*First register for a Nature Play Farm Tour. Then you must email or call us to discuss the appropriate NGSS emphasis – hveep@hiddenvilla.org  650 949-8644  

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NGSS Engineering Discovery Day - 2nd to 6th Grade

Pose a question, construct a solution, find out the results of your efforts and try again. As emphasized in NGSS, our Engineering Discovery Days give your students the opportunity to observe and experience a real problem, with the time and space to develop and implement solutions.

Our facilitated inquiry and investigation exercises will encourage children to ask questions. Through hands-on problem-solving for environmental issues such as erosion, water consumption, and alternative energy sources, students will learn how scientific knowledge is acquired, how scientific explanations are developed, and how science is utilized through the engineering design process. Also, as ideas are generated, students will be asked if they agree with the ideas and share their reasoning. This dialogue promotes critical thinking and self-reflection. 

Duration:  Up to 5 hours 30 minutes               
Times:  9:00am to 2:30pm (flexible),  Tuesday – Friday

Program Capacity
We can accomodate 64 students. If you have a group that is slightly larger than this, please contact us. After an opening circle, students will be divided into groups of 8 to 10 students each. 

Fees
During the 2016-2017 school year, we will be piloting our NGSS Engineering Discovery Day Program. If you would like to be a part of the pilot programs, which are funded by a grant, please contact hveep@hiddenvilla.org or (650) 949- 8644.

 

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