Our Outdoor Classroom is nestled in the picturesque Springton Manor Farm, a 300 acre farm located in Glenmoore. This open air demonstration garden is possible thanks to a partnership with Chester County Parks and Recreation and the Chester County Commissioners. As a part of the Food Bank’s Agricultural Program, the ‘classroom’ features a greenhouse for seedling production, an 80 foot high tunnel (hoop house) that we can harvest vegetables from year-round, raised bed gardens and nearly an acre of field near the Great Barn that is utilized for growing vegetables.
This unique opportunity for hands-on learning also includes volunteer opportunities to maintain and harvest the gardens and fields.
Host a Field Trip
Field trips to the Outdoor Classroom are engaging, hands-on and will enhance elementary science curriculum. Students will engage in activities focused on the cycle of a plant from seed to table. Programs, offered May-October for Pre-K through grade 5, are 1.5 hours in length and include:
- Seeds – Follow the life cycle of a plant and discover the secret ways of seeds.
- Plant Parts – Learn about the six parts of the plant, and tour the garden to taste what is in season.
- Compost Critters – Dig in and discover the critters that decompose our garden waste into soil.
- Food Systems – Compare local food systems to conventional food systems. Learn how food choices affect our health and the environment.
Rates are $5 per student, adult chaperons are free of charge. Minimum of 10 students required, maximum of 60 students per visit. All types of groups are welcome – preschool, elementary schools, Girl or Boy Scouts, home-schools and other community groups.
Visit the Outdoor Classroom
The community is welcome to visit the Outdoor Classroom and gardens located near the Great Barn for self-guided tours during regular park hours (dawn to dusk).