Virtual Farm Trips™ for Teachers & Classrooms

Take your class on a virtual field trip to real working farms from the comfort of your classroom!

These one-of-a-kind learning experiences, turn your classroom into virtual farms through the use of video conferencing technology.

With the click of a mouse, students are transported to fields, equipment and barns, all while learning directly from farmers about what they do each day to raise crops and care for their animals to provide us with food. Students are even able to chat with a farmer during a live Q&A session.

Registering and participating is as simple as 1-2-3!

  1. Fill out the registration form associated with a trip of your choosing below and click SUBMIT at the end to register your class and select a date for your Virtual Farm Trip.
  2. We’ll contact you to confirm your registration and set up a practice session with you to help you prepare and be comfortable with the video chat platform.
  3. On the day of your trip, all you’ll do is click a link and your class will be chatting to a real farmer who will give a tour of their farm and answer your students’ questions!

For more information, view our Frequently Asked Questions below.

The registration process is simple! Just click on a field trip you’d like to participate in below. You’ll receive more details about the trip and be presented with an online sign-up form to register your class. Be prepared to submit contact information, the number of classes and students participating, and to select a date that works best for you from the scheduled trips. Once your registration is submitted, a representative will be in contact with you to confirm your registration and provide further details.

Virtual Farm Trips are conducted using the Zoom video conferencing platform. Participants may be required to download a small plug-in to get the program to work the first time on your computer.

For maximum engagement, it is highly-recommended (though not required) that you have a webcam and microphone connected for a trip. If a webcam and/or microphone is not available, you will still be able to participate as long as you can see and hear the moderator and farmer, and you have the ability to type comments and questions into the chat window in the Zoom program.

In the weeks leading up to your trip, a representative will contact you for a test connection to ensure your technology works correctly, familiarize you with the Zoom platform, review the agenda for the trip and answer any questions you have.

Note: Some schools/businesses have restrictions on what programs can be downloaded and used on your computers. You may wish to have IT personnel present for your test to ensure you are able to participate.

Upon connecting with you to confirm your participation and set up a test connection, our representative will send you a link to connect using the Zoom platform. If you haven’t used Zoom previously on your computer, it may prompt you to download a small plug-in to work the first time. After this plug-in is downloaded, the program should automatically open.

After your test connection, you’ll receive the link to connect to your live Virtual Farm Trip. On the day of the trip, just click the link, and you’ll be connected.

As a courtesy, we ask all registered participants to please be prompt in replying to outreach messages and other communication to ensure that you’ll be able to participate in your scheduled Virtual Farm Trip.

Note: In rare cases, your computer may not be able to connect using the method described above. However, you will be able to connect using your browser and a limited Zoom interface. Our representative will provide instructions for connecting via this method if determined necessary.

A Virtual Farm Trip typically lasts 30-45 minutes, depending upon the audience.

You can expect to connect about 10 minutes before the program starts to ensure all parties are present and technology is working well prior to starting promptly when scheduled.

A brief welcome and introduction will be followed by a short chat and “show-and-tell” with the farmer and moderator. The remainder of the time will be devoted to questions and answers, with opportunity for participants to be on camera and ask questions directly to the farmer.

Note: Virtual Farm Trips are developed with the specific audience for each in mind. Organizers will ensure that the content for each trip is appropriate for all age levels of the audience for each trip.

Certainly! All Virtual Farm Trips are recorded, with many of them being posted online for viewing.

When completing the online sign-up form for a desired trip, you may find that scheduled trips do not align with your schedule. An option is provided in the sign-up form for you to request that a recording be sent to you.

Even if you participate in a Virtual Farm Trip but would like to receive a recording of it when complete, just let us know in the area provided for comments during registration.

For more information, contact our Virtual Farm Trip Manager, Dan Toland, at dan@shift-ology.com or 937-688-3878.

Current Virtual Farm Trips

View current Virtual Farm Trips being offered by our partners below. Complete sign-up forms with each to register for your trip. A representative will reach out to you after submission to confirm your registration and provide further details.

Virtual Farm Trip to a New York Beef Farm

The New York Beef Council offered two trips this fall to New York schools/classrooms involved in ProStart program through the New York State Restaurant Association. Each trip was recorded and available by request.  Qualifying classrooms/teachers may click here to learn more and to register/request a trip.

Virtual Farm Trip to a Northeast Dairy Farm

The American Dairy Association North East will be hosting trips this spring to dairy farms within its territory, which includes the New York City and Washington, D.C. metro areas and covers the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Separate trips will be held for elementary and middle/high school students, with openings for up to 100 connections per trip. Recordings of these and past trips are available per request. Click here for details and to register/request a trip.

Virtual Farm Trip to an Ohio Beef Farm

Eight field trips will were held in October and early November 2018, with additional trips planned for the fall of 2019. Separate trips will be held for elementary and middle/high school students, with the potential for some trips to focus on meat production for food science and high school agriculture classrooms. Each trip is also recorded so that classrooms not able to participate in live virtual field trips can watch a trip on-demand. Click here to learn more and to register/request a trip.

Virtual Farm Trip to an Ohio Pig Farm

Ten Virtual Farm Trips will be scheduled to Ohio pig farms throughout the 2018-2019 school year. The schedule and sign-up form will be available soon. You may also request a recorded link to watch at your convenience. Click here to learn more and to register.

Virtual Farm Trip to an Ohio Soybean Farm

This unique learning experience allows your students to connect with a real Ohio soybean farmer. Separate field trips will be offered in the spring and fall for elementary students and middle/high school students.

  • Engage in a live video tour of soybean fields and ride in a tractor and/or combine
  • Ask questions about planting, seed germination, and management
  • Discover the benefits and abundance of Ohio soybeans
  • Understand the challenges farmers face and the decisions they must make
  • Learn about current topics like GMOs, water quality, and nutrient management

Click here to learn more and to register/request a trip.

Virtual Farm Trip to a Pennsylvania Beef Farm

Two virtual farm trips were held in October 2018, one to a beef farm and another to a veal farm. Recordings of each trip are available to those who cannot participate. Click here to learn more and to register/request a trip.