What Happens on a Field Trip?

Ask Questions

"Where does our food come from?"

Hold the Animals

Feel the baby animals right in your hands.

Listen to a Story

Hear the farmers describe their daily experiences.

Get Answers

Remember what you learned in that teachable moment.

We are booking field trips for 2022.
To book a group on a farm day, call  204-736-3460
or email   info@morningsoundfarm.com

ALL FIELD TRIPS 

WILL BE SELF-GUIDED    

IN 2022

$10 PER PERSON

New format -- 25 stations self-guided

All the favorites will be available:  pony rides, hayrides, sheep shearing, goat milking, chicken talks, and all the babies.

On your map of the farm, you will find a description of each animal or experience.  Your small groups will choose in what order to visit and how long to spend at each space. 

 

The Hayride

On the hayride, you will ride out to the pasture where the cows and sheep are grazing and get up close to them from your perch on the hay wagon.  You can ask one of the farmers all about the herd while the animals mill around on the ground.

Chicken Talks

Take a chance to see the hens and roosters up close, offer them some food and see the eggs they lay.  Ask your questions about eggs that hatch and eggs that we eat.  Then head over to the baby chick barn to snuggle and study them as long as you like.

Shearing and milking

One of the farmers will shear a sheep for everyone to see and let you ask him questions about the wool, the sheep and the task.  Then he will give each student a bit of wool.  Next, he will show you how to milk a goat and teach you all about good food for goats and people.  Finally, you get to try milking the goat yourself!

WHAT TEACHERS SAY

"We had the best experience today. The children were engaged from start to finish and they really enjoyed being able to move and explore all your wonderful farm had to offer. The set up is so thoughtful and really honours the students’ needs to be active as they are learning."

—  Kindergarten teacher, Winnipeg School Division

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OUR FACILITY

RAIN or SHINE

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Lots of indoor activities make your tour fun no matter what the weather

ACCESSIBILITY

Level grass and gravel walkways and an accessible washroom stall with a large change table

Six flush toilet stalls, running water for handwashing and bottle filling water taps with drinking water

Picnic tables and blankets are provided close to the playground with a sheltered alternate area for weather

There is no smoking anywhere on the property so plan to walk out to the road if you need to smoke

LUNCH TIME

NO SMOKING

FLUSH TOILETS

 

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Frequently asked questions

Group Tours

What ages are the tours appropriate for?


Because our tour is very hands-on and conversational in nature, we adapt to suit the needs of each age group. For a preschool class, we present answers to the questions they have in an engaging and brief way. For elementary students, we expand the answers to challenge their thinking about food, animals and agriculture. High school students and adults will always learn something new about the world of farming. "I love that every year I learn something new. Your continuing self education is evident." E. M., parent group organizer (2018) Our Family Days are also perfect for the very youngest children and are self-guided.




How long is the tour?


The tours usually run from 10 am to 2 pm on weekdays. We are flexible if you need to start a little later or end sooner- we can adjust the amount of time each segment needs so you won't miss anything. Each segment can run 30-45 minutes.




When are tours offered?


We offer tours on weekdays, May through July. The farm is closed August through April. We’re also closed Mondays in July. Our Family Days are open to the public and are on weekends or holidays.




Can anyone come on a tour?


All tours must be pre-booked and are for groups only. A group is approximately 30 people or more and a group minimum charge will apply. Call 204-736-3460 or email info@morningsoundfarm.com to book ahead. If you don't have a group, you can sign up for our email updates below, and we'll let you know when we have an Open House tour that does not require a group. Our Family Days are open to the public and do not require a group or pre-booking.




When should I book my field trip?


Since we fill up early, you can book a date as soon as you like for the following season. To get a good selection of dates, it is recommended to book for May and June by March and for July by mid-May. However, it is still worth calling on short notice, since there are sometimes last minute openings.




What is the cost?


The cost is $8.00 per person, which includes GST, for both children and adults. Infants up to 12 months are free. This is our group rate, since we only take bookings from groups.




What is the tour schedule?


The tour has four parts and each takes 30-45 minutes. Your group will have two parts before lunch and two parts after lunch. Lunch break can be from 11:30 to 12:30, depending on circumstances. These are the four tour parts: Mr. Farmer’s tour– You will see Mr. Farmer shear a sheep and you can ask him questions about their wool, then he will milk the goat before giving everyone a chance to try it for yourself. Mrs. Farmer’s tour– We will feed the chickens and learn about eggs, then we will wind through the cattle chute, see a big cow and her calf. In the big barn, we all have a chance to pet lambs and goats, and to hold chicks. You will see the mother rabbits and and sometimes newborn baby rabbits. The Small Barn– Enjoy the barn where you see the piglets, hold chicks, and the climb to the hayloft to cuddle the other baby animals. And this is when you get your very own pony ride. The Hayride– Ride on a wagon with bales pulled by a tractor to see the pastures and herds of the farm. This is weather permitting and will be substituted by another activity if there is rain.




What happens in bad weather?


All of our tour dates go ahead rain or shine. We have lots of indoor activities that will keep kids and animals dry, allowing everyone to have a great time. On any day, no matter what the weather, it is extremely important to dress for the weather. Spending four solid hours outside requires planning ahead. On a cool, windy day, it is perfectly reasonable to wear parkas, mittens and touques. We also have a bin full of extra parkas available for kids who are underdressed. Adults are the most likely to be uncomfortable, since kids usually stay active. Please wear windproof clothing and lots of layers. On a rainy day, or after a rainy day, rubber boots are recommended. Since we don't make groups stand out in the rain, rain jackets and umbrellas are not as important as warm clothes. On a very hot day, we encourage frequent water breaks (we have excellent water available at a water fountain or from a bottle filler tap). We also make sure to keep our activities in the shade or indoors. Bringing along a spray bottle for misting the group is recommended.





Farm Days 2020

What is the farm doing to stop any spread of COVID-19?


We are opening to a limited number of families/ groups. Each family/ group will need to stay together in their 2m bubble for the whole visit. Each family/ group must be under the current group size limit mandated by the province. We will reduce high-touch surfaces and disinfect the necessary ones frequently throughout the day. No visitors or staff who are at all sick will be in attendance. As usual when handling animals, frequent hand-washing is encouraged before, during and after your visit.




What about bad weather?


All of our dates will go ahead rain or shine. We have lots of indoor activities that will keep kids and animals dry, allowing everyone to have a great time. On any day, no matter what the weather, it is extremely important to dress for the weather. Spending several hours outside requires planning ahead. On a cool, windy day, it is perfectly reasonable to wear parkas, mittens and touques. We also have a bin full of extra parkas available for kids who are underdressed. Adults are the most likely to be uncomfortable, since kids usually stay active. Please wear windproof clothing and lots of layers. On a rainy day, or after a rainy day, rubber boots are recommended. Most activities can be held indoors, so rain jackets and umbrellas are not as important as warm clothes. On a very hot day, we encourage frequent water breaks (we have excellent water available at a water fountain or from a bottle filler tap). We also make sure to keep most of our activities in the shade or indoors. Bringing along a spray bottle for misting is recommended.




What if I need to cancel?


Please let us know as soon as you can, so that someone else can take your place. If you still wish to visit, you will then need to sign up for another date.




What will our day be like?


We offer one-and-a-half to two hours of activities, including a pony ride, many baby animals to hold, bigger animals to feed and pet, demonstrations of sheep shearing and goat milking and lots of space to have a picnic. We will send you a self-guiding map with all the details once you are booked in. You will need to choose a morning or noon arrival time when you book to allow enough space for all the visits. The farm and the animals will be available until 3pm, but the activities will end at 2pm.




Is it safe to be around animals during the pandemic?


The risk of coronavirus infection to both the animals and the visitors is extremely low. Only a handful of animals worldwide have contracted the coronavirus and there is no evidence of animal to human transmission. As well, the very low number of cases in our province further reduce any possibility of infection. Even so, we will ask all visitors to wash frequently before, during and after handling the animals, which is always a necessary practice. Any visitors or staff with any symptoms will need to stay home.




What is a family bubble?


We would like each family (or group within the maximum allowed by the province) to visit the farm as if they were in a pod or bubble. They would stay together inside this invisible bubble and stay two metres apart from other families in their bubbles. We are providing many additional stations at the farm so that there will be lots to do!





Frequently Asked Questions

Group Visits

What ages is the farm appropriate for?


Because our farm is very hands-on and conversational in nature, we adapt to suit the needs of each age group. For a preschool class, we present answers to the questions they have in an engaging and brief way. For elementary students, we expand the answers to challenge their thinking about food, animals and agriculture. High school students and adults will always learn something new about the world of farming. "I love that every year I learn something new. Your continuing self education is evident." E. M., parent group organizer (2018) All farm visits are self-guided and can be taken at the pace suitable for each age.




How long should our visit be?


The farm is open from 10 am to 2 pm on weekdays. We are flexible if you need to start a little later or end sooner- you can adjust the amount of time spent at each station so you won't miss anything. We will provide materials to help navigate through the stations, including recommended time allotment for each space.




When are field trips offered?


We offer field trips on weekdays, May through July. The farm is closed August through April. We are taking bused groups on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Groups arriving in cars will book on Fridays and Saturdays. Our Family Days are open to the public and are on Saturdays or holidays. All farm visits on any day must be pre-booked.




Can anyone come on a field trip?


All field trips must be pre-booked. There are restrictions on which days are available, depending on the type of transportation you use. Wed-Thurs: buses Fri-Sat: cars Call 204-736-3460 or email info@morningsoundfarm.com to book ahead.




When should I book my field trip?


Since we fill up early, you can book a date as soon as you like for the following season. To get a good selection of dates, it is recommended to book for May and June by March and for July by mid-May. However, it is still worth calling on short notice, since there are sometimes last minute openings.




What is the cost?


The cost is $10.00 per person, which includes GST, for both children and adults. Paid staff of the school/facility are free for group bookings. Infants up to 12 months are free. Why the price increase? There are increased investments and risks each year, in particular these last few. This ticket price is comparable to other educational and entertainment opportunities, and we believe that you will not be able to easily match the hands-on, face-to-face nature of your experience here.




What is the day's schedule?


Upon arrival, you will be directed to your designated lunch area to leave your things and you will be introduced to the farm. You will split into small groups of 5-8 students with a supervisor. You will have received materials and maps to allow each group leader to navigate through each station at the farm, including the suggested time allotment for each station to ensure each groups gets all the experiences. There will be about 25 stations to move through. You can designate times to meet for lunch, playground time and leave time, if you wish.




What happens in bad weather?


All of our field trip dates go ahead rain or shine. We have lots of indoor activities that will keep kids and animals dry, allowing everyone to have a great time. On any day, no matter what the weather, it is extremely important to dress for the weather. Spending four solid hours outside requires planning ahead. On a cool, windy day, it is perfectly reasonable to wear parkas, mittens and touques. We also have a bin full of extra parkas available for kids who are underdressed. Adults are the most likely to be uncomfortable, since kids usually stay more active. Please wear windproof clothing and lots of layers. On a rainy day, or after a rainy day, rubber boots are recommended. Since we don't make groups stand out in the rain, rain jackets and umbrellas are not as important as warm clothes. On a very hot day, we encourage frequent water breaks (we have excellent water available at a water fountain or from a bottle filler tap). We also make sure to keep our activities in the shade or indoors. Bringing along a spray bottle for misting the group is recommended.




Can I bring a group in 2022?


We will be offering field trips for bused groups on Wednesdays and Thursdays in 2022. If your group is coming in cars, you must book on a Friday or Saturday. Contact us for a group booking.




What is the new format?


There will be approx. 25 numbered stations that small groups (5-8 students with a supervisor) will be able to attend at their own pace. Teachers will receive maps and preparation materials well ahead of their visit. The activities and areas will be very similar to 2019 field trips, with a few extra spaces opened up. The main difference is the self-guided nature of the visit.




Why did you change to self-guided field trips?


With all field trips cancelled for 2020 and 2021, the farm had to offer small group experiences. We tested the self-guided station format with families, as well as with several nursery schools and daycare centres. The response from these teachers/directors was entirely positive. They appreciated the flexible timing, the shorter segments and the ability to go back and see something over again. It also means there are extra staff and more spaces to enjoy. We decided to continue in this format for 2022, especially considering the uncertainty of the times.





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What is the farm doing to stop any spread of COVID-19?


We are opening to a limited number of families. Each family will need to stay together in their 2m bubble for the whole visit. Each family group must be under the currently mandated group size limit. We will reduce high-touch surfaces and disinfect the necessary ones frequently throughout the day. No visitors or staff who are at all sick will be in attendance. As usual when handling animals, frequent hand-washing is encouraged before, during and after your visit.




What about bad weather?


All of our dates will go ahead rain or shine. We have lots of indoor activities that will keep kids and animals dry, allowing everyone to have a great time. On any day, no matter what the weather, it is extremely important to dress for the weather. Spending several hours outside requires planning ahead. On a cool, windy day, it is perfectly reasonable to wear parkas, mittens and touques. We also have a bin full of extra parkas available for kids who are underdressed. Adults are the most likely to be uncomfortable, since kids usually stay active. Please wear windproof clothing and lots of layers. On a rainy day, or after a rainy day, rubber boots are recommended. Most activities can be held indoors, so rain jackets and umbrellas are not as important as warm clothes. On a very hot day, we encourage frequent water breaks (we have excellent water available at a water fountain or from a bottle filler tap). We also make sure to keep most of our activities in the shade or indoors. Bringing along a spray bottle for misting is recommended.




What if I need to cancel?


Please let us know as soon as you can, so that someone else can take your place. If you still wish to visit, you will then need to sign up for another date.




What will our day be like?


We offer one-and-a-half to two hours of activities, including a pony ride, many baby animals to hold, bigger animals to feed and pet, demonstrations of sheep shearing and goat milking and lots of space to have a picnic. We will send you a self-guiding map with all the details once you are booked in. You will need to choose a morning or noon arrival time when you book to allow enough space for all the visits. The farm and the animals will be available until 3pm, but the activities will end at 2pm.




Is it safe to be around animals during the pandemic?


The risk to both the animals and the visitors is extremely low. Only a handful of animals worldwide have contracted the coronavirus and there is no evidence of animal to human transmission. As well, the very low number of cases in our province further reduce any possibility of infection. Even so, we will ask all visitors to wash frequently before, during and after handling the animals, which is always a necessary practice. Any visitors or staff with any symptoms will need to stay home.