All Milwaukee Public Schools K5 students will attend a Learning Journey to Oak Ridge Farm located in Dousman, Wisconsin. The 200-acre farm provides an up-close experience with farm life where students learn how the farm is important to them and their community. Students also learn which goods and products come from the farm as well as how they are produced. A farm guide will lead students through appropriate activities for the day. Weather and time of the year may affect which choices are available. A teacher's guide provides classroom activities, pre- and post-assessments, songs, and other additional resources.
Schools will be scheduled for a specific date. Date assignments will sent directly to school principals via Smartsheet for confirmation prior to the Learning Journey. This Learning Journey takes place Tuesdays through Fridays from September through May.
Students per Visitation Day
Prior to arrival at the farm, students should be put into assigned groups of approximately 15-18 students. Each group will be assigned a farm guide. It is the teacher's responsibility to have an adult chaperone for each group. Students should be dressed according to weather conditions.
Length of Visit
All programming is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. (10:15 a.m. for late schools). All schools should plan to eat lunch on the premises. Buses are scheduled for departure from the farm at 1:00 p.m. (1:45 p.m. for late schools). Note: Plan accordingly for an approximately 40- to 45-minute bus ride.
Cost to Schools
This Learning Journey is provided free to all MPS K5 students. Student admission costs and programming as well as teacher and chaperone admissions will be paid by MPS Central Services. Transportation will be paid for and arranged on the schools' behalf by MPS Central Services. Schools cannot charge students for busing.
Transportation will be paid for and arranged by MPS Central Services on the schools' behalf. Transportation details will be sent to teachers and principals via Smartsheet. Schools cannot charge students for busing. Questions regarding transportation or requests for special accommodations, such as wheelchair or walker needs, should be directed to Mary Grant, Learning Journeys planning assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students are expected to participate. Teachers will need to obtain field trip permission slips for this Learning Journey. Teachers are expected to use all curriculum materials in preparation for their Learning Journey.