Homeschool Classes | Field Trips
A real working farm with a focus on sustainable and humane agriculture. Located on picturesque Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, Gale Woods Farm offers unique educational opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn about agriculture, food production and land stewardship.
Hours of Operation: Open year round, 9am-5pm.
Gale Woods Farms offers several series of classes for homeschool students.
- The weekly series Hooves, Halters & Horticulture is a leadership program in which students ages 10 to 14 master animal husbandry skills and livestock showmanship. Students discover the science behind growing plants and raising farm animals while exploring animal agriculture and horticulture through discussion, hands-on activities and farm chores. Fall classes focus on the harvest and preparing for winter. Spring classes concentrate on a new growing season and new life on the farm. This curriculum is part of a two-year rotation of four sessions (in the fall and spring of each year). Participants do notneed to enroll in the full two years to attend any session, but they will benefit the most if they are able to do so.
- The weekly series Farm Explorers is a program for students ages 6–9 that runs concurrently with Hooves, Halters & Horticulture. Students care for farm animals, cook with farm-fresh produce, and explore through hikes, wagon rides and games. In the fall, students assist with the harvest. In the spring, students help prepare the gardens. This curriculum is also part of a two-year rotation of four sessions.
- The weekly series Farm BioScience is designed for older students ages 12 to 16 who wish to explore biological concepts and ecosystems of the farm. High school and college biology concepts are covered. Fall classes cover soils, compost, extended season growing, and animal breeding. Spring classes focus on plant and animal systems.
- The weekly series, Food Science is sub-divided into ages 6 to 9 and ages 10 to 14. Both groups investigate the science behind food including such topics as why bread rises and milk curdles, as well as helping with animal care and exploring the farm.
- The monthly afternoon series Farm Quest runs from September through April and provides children ages 7 to 13 with a regular opportunity to learn how the farmers care for the animals and gardens throughout the year. Each month, students care for the animals and cook with farm produce in the education center.
- Younger siblings will be interested in the concurrent companion preschool programs, Farm Adventures for ages 4 to 6 and Farm Discovery for ages 1 to 6.
- The monthly full-day series Farm Excursions runs from September through May and provides children ages 9 to 13 with a regular opportunity to investigate how to bring the harvest to the final product through cooking or craft projects.
- The monthly spring series Exploring Animal Science runs from February through April and provides children ages 10 to 16 with a regular opportunity to investigate the science behind raising farm animals while spending time caring for the animals and exploring outdoors.
- At the annual event Holiday Gifts from the Farm in early December and provides children ages 8 to 16 craft handmade gifts with materials from Gale Woods Farm. With staff guidance, students make special touches to share with family or friends for the holidays and meet the animals, visit the farm, and make a farm-fresh snack.
Homeschool class listings and registration:
Please visit Gale Woods Farm's website for a description of current programs which focus on the seasonal life of the farm, including fall harvests and springtime animal babies and plant seedlings.
Note: All children and adults should have name badges, and everyone should be dressed for the weather and wearing closed-toe shoes (no sandals or Crocs™).
Outdoor space for bag lunches is available on a first come, first serve basis. Indoor lunch space may be arranged in advance for 3 and 4 hour programs.
Minimum Group Size: no minimum number, but there is a minimum fee of $75 to $120 depending on program length — see below for details
Maximum Group Size: 12 children per Farm Educator, plus accompanying adults for no more than 22 persons per group
Cost per Child/Student
2 hour program: $75 for up to 12 students ($6.25/child for a group of 12)
3 hour program: $100 for up to 12 students ($8.33-1/3/child for a group of 12)
4 hour program: $100 for up to 10 students ($10/child for a group of 10)
$110 for 11 students and $120 for 12 students)
Cost per Adult/Educator:
$6.25/adult for 2-hour preschool programs
Free for adults accompanying children in grades K-12. Adults may be asked to assist the farm educator during the program.
Target Age Range: Programs offered for preschoolers through adults. Program content will be geared toward the requested age group.
Sibling Policy:All participating children should pay the participation fee. Younger children may not participate in some task for safety reasons.
Parent/Guardian/Educator Policy: Parents are welcome to join their children in role of volunteer assistants to the farm educators.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations evaluated individually. Payment may be required based on the time of cancellation.
Gathering Place Recommendations: Right outside the visitor's center, right by the chickens. During inclement weather, there's a small lobby inside the visitor's center.
Parking Information: Free parking in large lot on site.
Directions From I-494, go west on I-394/Highway 12 for four miles. Exit on County 15 West in Wayzata and travel eight miles. Turn left in Mound on County Rd 110, then travel three miles and look for Gale Woods park signs. Turn right at driveway and proceed up the hill into the park. (Note: Access to CR-11 is not affected by the road construction on Highway 7.)
Directions From Highway 7 and County Rd 44 (Lake Minnetonka Regional Park), head north on County Road 44 to Mound; turn Left on County Rd 110, then travel one mile and turn right at Gale Woods driveway and proceed up the hill into the park.