Visit the farm July and August info..Schools, Preschools, Day Camps, Child Care
i.e., weekday children’s groups, school field trips
We frequently hear from school teachers/leaders that Butterfield Acres is their favorite field trip in NW Calgary. For over 30 years we’ve lived by our motto of “Farming, Fun, and Learning”, and have given thousands of Calgary’s children, teachers and leaders an authentic taste of farm life. We now regularly see teachers and leaders who came here as children themselves and are excited to share this learning experience with the next generation. The Spring Babies experience also lends itself quite nicely to a special year-end windup and picnic.
Our programs are child-centered and very hands-on and support many curriculum objectives. School teachers are amazed by how much the children learn just being in this environment for such a short time. It is a fond stand-out life experience for many children.
To make your trip run as smoothly as possible, we provide a comprehensive field trip information package for both Teachers, Leaders and Parents in Calgary.
As always, we’ve got wonderful friendly farm critters waiting for your students to visit. We get many compliments on our field trip organization, and we have received many Parent’s Choice Awards. See a list of your options below.
Farmyard visits with all the traditional Spring Babies! Very hands on! You’ll want to get right in there and try all the things you’d do if you lived on a farm. Try some milking! There’s even a big old wagon ride behind “Old Blue”, our tractor! Mid-April through to the end of June. Minimum group size is 15 children. Because the farm is a unique, interactive environment we ask for a minimum of a 3:1 ratio.
Spring Babies Program Options:
A. 2 hour program*: an authentic Farmyard visit with our many different farm animals and activity stations, including Nursery Rhyme Park if you wish. Rates are $9.99/child and $4.99/adult A 45 min picnic time may be added if you wish for an extra $1/child.
B. 4 hour program*: A hike along Horseshoe Trail through our back pasture which has its many hike activity stations, and our Woodland Animals feature… life size!, another highlight designed by 2 of our teachers on staff (Thanks Lori and Kim!) a time for your picnic lunch in one of our picnic grounds, and a Farmyard visit with our many different farmyard activity stations, including Nursery Rhyme Park. Because the farm is a unique, interactive environment we ask for a minimum of a 3:1 ratio. Rates are $11.99/child and $4.99/adult.
Upon confirmation of your booking, a non-refundable deposit of $1.00 per child is required, which may be paid online (details with your confirmation).
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SUMMER FARMYARD EXPERIENCE!
Farmyard visits with all the traditional farmyard critters! Very hands on! You’ll want to get right in there and try all the things you’d do if you lived on a farm. Try some milking! There’s even a big old wagon ride behind “Old Blue”, our tractor! Available July through to the end of September. Minimum group size is 15 children. Because the farm is a unique, interactive environment we ask for a minimum of a 3:1 ratio.
Summer Program Options:
A. 2 hour program*: an authentic Farmyard visit with our many different farm animals and activity stations. Rates are $9.99/child and $4.99/adult. You can even add a 45 min picnic time to your visit for an extra $1/child.
B. 4 hour program*: A hike along Horseshoe Trail through our back pasture which has its many hike activity stations, and our Woodland Animals feature… life size!, another highlight designed by 2 of our teachers on staff (Thanks Lori and Kim!) a time for your picnic lunch in one of our picnic grounds, and a Farmyard visit with our many different farmyard activity stations. Rates are $11.99/child and $4.99/adult.
TEACHING YOUR CLASS NURSERY RHYMES?
Many Nursery Rhymes are farm-based (as was life when they were written), so when Kim and Lori (2 of our teachers on staff) wanted to set up a Nursery Rhyme Park in the corner of the Farmyard…. the wheels started turning!
Look for creative play, vocabulary, rhyming, all the wonderful things that Nursery rhymes introduce to our children.
Action-oriented, and great fun.
Excellent environment for teachers to bring this to life with their students.
An excellent kick-off activity for FALL programming, but can be managed with our farmyard experiences May through June. Animal visit and wagon ride included.
Teachers encouraged to do a site visit prior to their first Nursery Rhyme Park class visit. Come and visualize how you can make this wonderful resource work for you!
OCTOBER HARVEST PUMPKIN HUNTS
With fall comes the time to harvest and time to have a little fun with the fruits of the harvest! Climb aboard one of our big wagons and take a gentle rolling ride over the hills and through the Scarecrow Alley, with the most fun scarecrow scenes ever… crunching through the golden fall leaves … searching for some really cute kid-sized pumpkins!
The visit includes hunting time & a farmyard visit with the animals too! Cost: $11.99/child (includes pumpkin… $4 value); adults $4.99
Each child takes home their very own pumpkin.
Available all month but we recommend visiting the farm early so the kids can enjoy their pumpkin treasure for the entire month (they make great Thanksgiving table centerpieces)! Minimum group size is 20 children. Plan for 110 minutes. We ask for a 3:1 ratio.
Other ideas: some teachers use the pumpkins back at school in other learning areas, e.g., weights and measures, art classes. We hear some wonderful ideas for stretching the pumpkin/harvest theme!
Upon booking a non-refundable deposit of $1.00 per child is required.
Another option: The Animals can come to see YOU! Year round!
It’s not quite the same experience as actually visiting the real farm, but… our Farm Corral can come to your school with a variety of child-friendly animals! We bring all the Corral fencing, equipment, and clean up supplies (we try to leave only memories behind!)
(other than weekday children’s groups)
Looking for something fun to do with all of your relatives or your neighbourhood friends? Maybe you want something adventurous and new for that next Corporate outing! Family BBQ, School Groups, Sparks or Beavers? Yer all welcome at Butterfield Acres!
Butterfield Acres Farm has just the answer you’re looking for!
BOOKINGS during regular drop-in visiting times:
Plan for a visit of about 2 hours. Ths time may vary depending on the age of your children, time of day, etc. Plan for longer if you are planning on doing a picnic. Typically our Milkhouse, Tractor and Pony Ride times, repeat every 2 hours, so in that time frame, you should be able to include them all.
Prepaid parties of 20 or more people will receive 10% off general admission when all fees are paid by one person at one time. Please note that this applies ONLY to groups paying general admission rates.
IF YOU HAVE A LARGER GROUP getting the 10% discount on admissions, and there is even a remote possibility that you all will not arrive at the same time, we will get you to give us a Guest List (first names only). This is a great way to make all your guests feel very welcome while making admissions quick and easy for them. For admission to the farm, your guests will simply give their name at the gate and ‘sign in’. Guests lists must be prepaid (no-shows can be refunded if you check out to confirm this before you leave).
Good supervision of your children is essential, both for their safety and enjoyment, as well as for safety and kindness for the animals. Please check your Guest List to ensure there will be at least one adult for every 3 children.
Pony Rides are available for children under 60# (27kg). No exceptions, sorry. Tickets for the Public Pony Ride are $3 each, or 2 for $7. These may be pre-paid when your admissions are paid.
Tractor rides for the public are $3 for per group, and there is goat milking lessons!
You may wish to make the visit extra special by pre-booking a Private Pony (available for children under 60#), or Private Wagon on the tractor ride. The Prairie Palace (our indoor picnic shelter), and a firepit may also be pre-booked.
Chomp ‘n Cones are available to feed the animals. 3 cones for $1. If you are wanting many, please pre-order and we will have them ready for you in a convenient container.
Farm Safety Rules are important to know. Please ensure all adults are familiar with them. Please feel free to print them off this website and circulate them with other event details.
If you have a special request for your groups’ visit let us know and we will work with you to make it a special day here at the farm. Simply send us an email at farmfun@ButterfieldAcres.com