Little Sprouts

Join the Poughkeepsie Farm Project as we explore the outdoors this spring! Sign up for a five-week session with your little one (ages 3-5) and learn about plants, insects, and water through outdoor exploration on the farm and in the woods. *Each class is one hour long. A parent or other caregiver must accompany each child.*

This spring we will explore all of the wonderful living things that are waking up from their winter slumber, focusing on plants and the insects that help them grow.  We'll dig in the soil, investigate the plants, and use nets to find water creatures.  All children will be able to explore the farm, plant seeds and take care of them, and learn where their food comes from.  Children will love the combination of free play, structured activities, and social learning, and we think parents will enjoy the classes too!  Children will become comfortable exploring nature on their own, and by the fourth class, will set up some experiments that they can share with the whole group during the last class.  In this way, we will encourage children to ask their own questions and engage in creative science exploration!   

Photo credit:  Jennifer Moriarty Photography

Photo credit:  Jennifer Moriarty Photography

Photo credit:  Jennifer Moriarty Photography

Photo credit:  Jennifer Moriarty Photography

Spring 2017 Sessions:

  • Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30.  Class dates: May 16, 23, 30 and June 6, 13
  • Saturdays from 10am-11am.  Class dates: May 20, June 3, 10, 17, 24.  No class weekend of Memorial Day.  


3-5 years old
with adult


Members: $75 for 1 adult and 1 child
Nonmembers: $90 for 1 adult and 1 child
Pre-registration required. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where will the classes take place?

All classes will be held at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and on the grounds of the Vassar Ecological Preserve.

Will the classes be held if it rains?

Classes will be held indoors at the Environmental Cooperative (across the parking lot from the PFP) if the weather is extreme. If it is raining, we'll still go out! Bring a raincoat and some boots!

What if I can't attend all of the classes?

We hope that you can come to all of the classes! We understand that things do come up, however, and that every family may not be able to commit to all weeks of the session. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer partial refunds due to the administrative costs associated with this program and makeups are only allowed if space is available in the other session (please contact the coordinator to inquire about this option). If the fee presents a hardship for your family, please contact us!

What should I bring?

Not much! Water, rain boots or shoes that can get muddy/wet, and possibly a change of clothes if your child is prone to smearing dirt on him/herself!

Can I bring my older child?

Children who are six and up are welcome to come with you; however we request that they refrain from answering questions and that you bring something else (a book etc) to occupy them during activities. Older children are of course welcome to join us as we walk to the stream and explore the farm; however we have found that the younger ones often sit back and refrain from answering questions or attempting an activity if an older child does so. We appreciate your help with this!

Can I bring my younger child?

Children younger than age 3 are welcome to attend; however unless they are registered as paying "participants" they will not be able to join in on the activities. We recognize that children who are "advanced 2-year-olds" may want to fully participate, and we welcome them if that is the case, but we do ask that you then register this child as well so that we may adequately plan for the numbers of children who attend. If your child is truly too young to participate, they are of course welcome to come with you, free of charge - but we suggest bringing a carrier or a stroller that can handle grass and dirt paths.