Group Tours

Directions to Dickinson College Farm: http://goo.gl/0cKypW

Schools & Educational Programs

The Dickinson College Farm is a production farm that supports the academic and educational interests of students at Dickinson College. We are also passionate about offering food and sustainable farming educational opportunities to area youth. We have worked with area partners to create 3 formal youth education programs: SEED youth workshops, Farm, Cook, Eat after school cooking classes; and the Discover Inquire Grow summer camp. We also work with area high schools to offer internships to self-motivated high school applicants who are interested in sustainable agriculture.

Throughout the year, we are able to offer a very limited number of guided tours to area elementary, middle or high school classes and educational programs. The following guidelines apply to all school group visits:

  • The minimum grade level for tours is 3rd grade.
  • Our limit is 25 attendees (combined students and chaperones) per tour.
  • We are unable to offer hands-on components such as planting or harvesting.
  • We are unable to split groups into separate tours.
  • All tours are limited to 1 hour.
  • All schools, programs and classes are asked to pay a donation of $4 per student and $5 per adult.
  • School groups may only visit the farm on days/times when we can schedule a guided tour. Self-guided tours are intended only for prospective Dickinson College students, families of Dickinson College students or Dickinson College alumni.
  • Please email  farm@dickinson.edu to inquire about a guided tour for your school or educational program. Tour requests will be accepted or declined based on farm staff and student availability. Please contact us at least 3 weeks ahead of time.

Guided Tours Open to the Public

Every fall, we hold two open farm dates for the public. The first is held in conjunction with the South Mountain Outdoors festival and the second is held in conjunction with Penn State Extension's Discover Cumberland County Agriculture Day.

Depending on farm staff schedule, we will post available dates for ticketed tours for adults age 16 and over and youth aged 8-15. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $4 for youth aged 8-15 and $5 for adults age 16 or older. These tours are ideal for groups interested in visiting the farm!

Guide Tours for Prospective Students, Parents & Alumni

Guided tours are offered during Homecoming Weekend and Alumni Weekend. Please sign up using the respective websites for these events.

Guided tours are led by a farm staff member or student farmer and will include stops at our children’s garden, greenhouses, compost rows, production fields, livestock pastures, yurts and solar energy installations. Most tours take about one hour.

All tours start at the kiosk by the gravel parking lot. Please avoid parking on grass or along Park Drive, which limits visibility for other folks leaving the farm!

The Dickinson College Farm is a working farm. Parental supervision of children under the age of 13 is required at all times. Children may not move about the farm without appropriate supervision. 

Self-Guided Tours for Prospective Students & Alumni

Are you a prospective student or alumnus of Dickinson College who can’t make one of our guided tours? No problem! You may also consider taking a free self-guided tour during farm working hours, 8am-6pm Monday-Friday. The Office of Admissions can give you more information. Please email farm@dickinson.edu to let us know if you plan to take a self-guided tour. Self-guided tour brochures are located in the kiosk by our parking lot.

Except for guided tours and special events, we are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget to let us know you will be coming by sending us a message at farm@dickinson.edu!