The Collingwood Children’s Farm offers an educational, interactive farm experience for all age groups and school levels.

School Tours

A Farm tour begins at 10 am and lasts for approximately two to two and a half hours. Afternoon tours can be arranged by appointment.

With trained staff leading the tour, children can meet, feed and touch a variety of farm animals while learning how to safely interact with them.

We are currently offer two school tours, with more options on the way!

Meet and Greet   -  An ideal introduction to the Farm for kinder and preps, or children who are not familiar with animals.

Using their five senses, students get up close and personal with the animals while focusing on the vocabulary used for animals, what animals need to live well (such as what they eat, where they live etc), and the differences between farm animals, pets and wild animals. We also cuddle the guinea pigs, everyone’s favourite, and aim to have each child leaving feeling a little more confident with animals.

Curriculum Links and Resource:

Paddock to Plate  -  An excellent excursion for grades 1 and 2s, or children who have visited the Farm before.

Where does our food come from?  Which animals give us what?  We focus on the cow brushing, sheep producing fibre, pigs and meat, poultry and eggs, as well as having a look around the gardens to see what’s growing.

Curriculum Links and Resources:

  • We are currently working with the Wurundjeri Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation to develop a new Farm Tour.

  • We are working to re-develop our Sustainability Tour.

  • We’ll let you know when they’re here!

Details

Our staff can tailor any of these tours to suit your needs.

The Farm experience is magical and changes with the seasons. All our animals are bred on site, are happy, healthy and friendly. They love contact with people.

The minimum cost for the tour is $180 (this covers the first 20 people – adults and children). Additional people incur a cost of $8 extra per head.

The Farm may close due to extreme weather (eg high temperatures, fire ban days, high winds or extreme events). In this instance, tours will be refunded or any payment already made can be transferred to another booking date .

Should a school wish to cancel a tour due to weather, the Farm must be notified within 24 hours. Refunds will be given only in cases of extreme weather warnings issued by BoM. Tours will go ahead on warm OR cold and wet days – students are encouraged to wear gumboots, wet weather clothing and warm jackets/sun protection and bring water!

The Farm aims to ‘bring city folk closer to country life’ and experiencing the elements is all part of this!

For more information regarding educational programs at the Collingwood Children’s Farm or to make a booking, please call reception on 9417 5806 or email reception@farm.org.au.

 

Child Safe Policy, Code of Conduct and Procedure

Work Experience and Placements

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Students from a variety of different areas can apply for work experience at The Collingwood Children's Farm. We have had placements from a large range of courses including veterinary science, teaching, community development, agricultural science, TAFE animal studies, animal science, children's services, early childhood development studies, education and international development and primary and secondary schools.

There are far more students seeking work experience than we can accommodate or properly train. Because of this we prefer to take on students that are looking to do placements of two or more weeks. We feel that more learning happens after the first week of training and a greater degree of independence can be achieved.

We ask all intending applicants to carefully address:

  • why they would like to do work experience at the Farm

  • what their experience of working with animals is

  • what their understanding of the Collingwood Children's Farm is

Please indicate your available dates in your application. All applicants will be asked to come to the Farm for a Farm tour and interview.

Work experience students assist with a variety of activities tailored to their particular area of study. These can include assisting with animal chores, feeding, housing and handling animals, food production and harvesting, landcare, farm tours, working with groups and special events.

Students are encouraged to shadow farm staff for a while and then when confidence and skills develop they are encouraged to work both independently and as part of a team.

Please email your application to Anita Stec at volunteer@farm.org.au addressing the questions posed above. Include what you are studying and where, when you are available to do work experience and the duration of time you will be doing work experience. 

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