Pre-K Encounter

The Dalby Farm Pre-K Encounter summer learning program offers an educational and fun first chance for kids to meet and learn about the many animals on a fully functioning farm. Most children of three or four have very little experience interacting with animals – except for maybe the family pet! But for young kids, these kinds of interactions are what lay the foundations for them to be conscientious participants in our global ecosystem. Children that have positive experiences with animals early in life are more likely to develop respect and understanding for the many creatures that rely on human caretakers (and that people rely on themselves).

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Feeding the goats and sheep!

Through an age-tailored combination of stories, songs, crafts, hands-on activities, free play and interaction with animals, participants will learn about the different farm animals at Dalby Farm. Multi-sensory and engaging activities keep children entertained and reinforce learning! The Farm’s capable and experienced staff will work closely with your child to help them develop a better understanding of and appreciation for farm animals in a light and fun way. Our primary objective is to have every participant not only finish the program with a positive experience and a better understanding of farm animals but also for them to like animals and want to nurture them; not to fear them.

The Pre-K Encounter is open to all potty-trained three and four year olds and is the perfect stepping stone for the ‘Dalby Farm Experience’ summer learning program, which is geared for children entering grades K – 8.

 2017 Program Dates!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
June 12th, 14th, 16th

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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Lunch Bunch Program: Pre-K participants are invited to join in the Lunch Bunch Program. Each Lunch Bunch participant brings a packed lunch and drink and stays an additional half hour each day to enjoy their meal at the Farm. Lunch Bunch will run after the main program finishes and will run until 12:00 PM.

Pre k summer program

Morning visit with Pumpkin the pig!

Program Fee: The fee for the 3-day morning MWF Session is $150.00 per child. We will provide a snack and beverage for each participant or your child can bring their own, if you prefer. If you choose to have your child join the Lunch Bunch Program, the cost is an additional $12.50 per child for one day, or an additional $35.00 per child for all 3 days of the program. There is a $35.00 service fee for any returned checks.

Please note: The majority of ‘The Encounter’ takes place outside and each program participant will partake in outdoor activities, walk on wooded trails and will have contact with farm animals. The Pre-K Encounter will be held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, program participants should bring appropriate outerwear.

How to register: Registration will begin February 1, 2017 and is on a first come-first serve basis. Enrollment is extremely limited.  Pre-registrations are accepted by mail; a child is not considered registered until a written confirmation has been sent by Dalby Farm via e-mail. The $75.00 non-refundable registration fee is included in the total cost of the program. Full payment is due by May 1, 2017. If registering after that date, providing that space is available, the total program fee is due at the time of registration and all forms are due by June 1, 2017.

Pre-registered, reserved spaces will not be held for participants with unpaid balances and in order to attend, all completed forms and program fees must be received by Dalby Farm by the same June 1st deadline. If minimum registration is not met, Dalby Farm reserves the right to combine or cancel program groups.

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Peacock in full display for pre-K children

Wow! Look at Sammy’s beautiful feathers!

T-Shirt Ordering Information: Program participants will receive the discounted price of $10.00 on Dalby Farm T-shirts, when ordered and paid for with registration. Otherwise, shirts can be purchased in our Country Store but will be sold for $15.00.