Dinwiddie County, Virginia
The Red Barn Farm is a historical rescue farm nestled in beautiful Dinwiddie County, Virginia just minutes off of the I-85 and I-95 interchange. We offer educational farm tours, educational summer camps, and birthday parties for children. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay current with the latest weather conditions affecting our venue.
You may also follow our farm journey on Instagram.
DIRECTIONS TO THE FARM: USE THE WAZE APP. Waze is a free cellular GPS app and easy to download.
GOOGLE MAP IS NOT UPDATED.
Dennita has taught 23 years in Virginia's public schools. She is a licensed teacher of English, Special Education, and School Administrator. She has taught every grade, except 10th grade, served as a reading specialist, teacher coach, and mentor. Our vision is to create a BACK-to-BASICS school here at the farm. It just makes good sense as public school drifts further and further from common sense education, morals, and values we want our children to learn.
Wood and concrete prices are higher than ever and the cost to build the modest, one-room schoolhouse is the only barrier to opening during the 2022 - 2023 school year. PLEASE DONATE $20, $30, or more to help us build. Imagine the possibilities this time next school year. Planting seeds of knowledge, love, and kindness in the hearts of young children means they will not depart from their understanding when they are older. Click this link to donate today.
SCHOOL REGISTRATION opens on January 1, 2023.
2021 CALENDAR OF SUMMER PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:
FAMILY FARM VISITS
September - December staff at the Red Barn Farm welcome family farm visits Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 2:00 pm without a reservation. For visitation after 2:00 pm, please call 804-536-6879. Visitors are required to wear closed-toed shoes to enter the barn.
YOUTH SUMMER CAMP
The Red Barn Farm hosts 6 weeks of interactive youth summer camp. Camp registration OPENS January 3, 2021.
This is an educational experience for all children between the ages of 5-12 who will enjoy barn life, farm animals, team building, fishing, canoeing, and archery.
MOMMY / TODDLER "SPROUT" CAMP
Mommy and toddlers visit the farm and spend time holding baby animals, hand-feeding Little Joe (mini-horse), Winnie (mini-donkey), and Tinkerbell and Willow (mini goats). Children will learn how to plant seeds, sing songs, and experience barn life. Children must be accompanied by parent/guardian/au pair.
Camp registration OPENS January 3, 2021
The Red Barn Farm is the perfect venue for school field trips, children's educational birthday parties, weddings, family reunions, and church events.
HALLOWEEN ON THE FARM
Mark your calendars for the annual HALLOWEEN ON THE FARM Saturday, October 30, 2021 10 am - 5 pm.
Free lunch, music, and educational farm tours...fun for the entire family. Wear your costume!
Space is limited. Call to reserve 804-536-6879.
COOKIES WITH SANTA Santa arrives
November 20 - 21 and November 27 - 28 11 am - 2 pm each day.
Call 804-536-6879 to reserve your family time with Santa!
Bring your child to see the REAL Santa at his workshop and don't forget your camera! Children will be able to decorate their own cookies and hand-feed the barnyard animals. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Red Barn Farm School.
WALK THROUGH BETHLEHEM: LIVE NATIVITY
December 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 (2021) 4 pm - 8 pm each evening.
Step back 2,000 years in time and walk the busy streets of Bethlehem.
See the Angel of the Lord appear to the shepherds keeping watch over their sheep, and witness baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger (Luke 2).
Come join us for good food, live music, a warm fire, hot chocolate/cider, and the spirit of Christmas.
2021 SUMMER PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
Those who say money can't buy happiness have never paid a rescue fee.
SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
Interactive Student Experience
School field trips are a wonderful way to introduce life science through an engaging and interactive experience. We are open to all public, private, and home school students. Our field trips are aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning and provide a hands on experience for all children. Field trips are by appointment only. Please call 804-536-6879 for available dates and pricing.
SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
FAMILY FARM VISITS (CLICK)
“If you live to be a hundred, I hope I live to be a hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live a day without you.” Winnie the Pooh
The Red Barn Farm is a haven for rescued animals needing a second chance in life. This is their FOREVER HOME - a place where they are surrounded with constant love and kindness. Children of all ages enjoy learning about mammals, reptiles, and hand-feeding all of the animals. The animals definitely enjoy the chin scratches! Throughout the year, we have plenty of baby bunnies, chicks, and quail for children to hold. This April, we are expecting our sweet rescue mini horse, Sugar, to foal. We are also expecting baby emu, peafowl, and turkeys. It's going to be a busy year on the farm.
2021 Family Farm Tour Dates (By appointment only):
April 10 - June 12 (Weekends Only 9 am - 5 pm)
June 13 - August 28 (Wednesday - Sunday 9 am - 5 pm)
August 29 - November 28 (Weekends Only 10 am - 5 pm)
SPECIAL UPCOMING EVENTS:
Halloween on the Farm October 30, 10 am - 5 pm
Cookes with Santa: The REAL Santa arrives each day! Nov 20-21 and 27-28 11 am - 2 pm each day.
Live Nativity: Walk Through Bethlehem December 9-11 and 17-19 4 pm - 8 pm Collaboration with First Baptist Church of Hopewell
HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?
Call 804-536-6879 to schedule your family farm visit.
HOW MUCH IS A FARM VISIT?
$8 per person, $7 with valid military ID, $5 animal feed buckets. Cash/Credit/Apple Pay accepted.
WHAT KIND OF ANIMALS DO YOU HAVE?
We have turkeys, bunnies, chicks, emus, chickens, ducks, geese, a tortoise, peafowl, alpacas, cows, horses, a donkey, a snake, an iguana, and sheep.
DO YOU HAVE A PICNIC AREA?
There are three picnic areas for family picnics
ARE ANIMALS ALLOWED?
No pets are allowed.
CAN WE BRING OUTSIDE FOOD?
Yes, you may bring food and coolers. Grills and alcoholic beverages not allowed.
ALL VISITORS MUST WEAR CLOSED-TOED SHOES.
SUMMER DAY CAMP
YOUTH SUMMER DAY CAMP
Children Ages 5 - 12
ANIMAL EXPLORERS FARM CAMP
Your little animal lover will want to join us for summer camp. No two weeks are the same as barn life changes from week to week with new babies born throughout the entire summer. Animal Explorers will work in teams and learn about animal husbandry of rabbits, emus, chickens, mini horses, mini donkeys, and quail. This is a hands-on FUN, EDUCATIONAL experience where all campers will assist with animal care and become the expert of their favorite farm animal. On the last day of camp, campers will give their parents/guardians a tour of the farm teaching them everything they learned throughout the week. This is an amazing opportunity for campers to build their self-confidence as leaders.
Typical Summer Camp Agenda:
8:00 Campers arrive/unpack/sunscreen
8:30 - 9:30 Animal lesson
9:30 - 11:30 Barn Chores and Animal Snuggles
11:30 - 12:00 *Lunch/sunscreen
12:00 - 1:00 Fishing/Canoeing/Archery/Craft
1:00 - 1:30 Water Challenge/Team Building
1:30 - 2:30 Barn chores
2:30 - 3:00 Prepare for pick-up
3:00 - 5:00 Extended Day Camp Hours Available
* Due to state and local requirements, all campers will bring their own lunch each day. Refrigeration is provided.
Sessions (click any link):
(Camp sessions $250 per week. 10% sibling discount, 10% military discount - 1 discount per family)
Campers are assigned a camp counselor based on their age.
Counselor 1: 5 - 8-year-olds
Counselor 2: 9 - 12-year-olds
Counselors are CPR/First Aid Certified
Based on their camping experience and future camp session availability, 12-year-old campers may be selected to attend another camp session as a junior camp counselor.
Camp scholarship information: the details are found by clicking this link. Application deadline is May 15, 2021.
TODDLER/MOMMY "SPROUT" CAMP
MOMMY / TODDLER "SPROUTS" DAY CAMP
Children Ages 2 - 4
MOMMY / TODDLER DAY CAMP
This is the perfect opportunity to introduce toddlers to farm life. Toddlers will learn how to hold and touch baby animals, the life cycle of chickens, animal and plant needs. Your little "sprout" will enjoy our playground area while socializing with other toddlers. Parents are welcome to bring lunch and eat under our picnic shelter.
Parents/guardians/au pairs are required to participate with their toddler during camp.
Typical Sprout Weekly Agenda:
9:00 Sprouts arrive
9:00 - 9:30 Sprouts' animal/plant interactive mini-lesson
9:30 10:15 Sprouts tour barnyard and learn animal names, the sounds they make, and hand-feed animals
10:15 - 10:30 break/wash hands
10:30 - 11:00 Sprouts investigate mammal life cycle and match babies with their mommas
11:00 - 11:30 Sprouts collect chicken eggs and learn the life cycle of a chicken / explore incubators
11:30 - 12:00 Sprouts explore garden plants and vegetables and investigate the effects of sun and water on plant growth
Parents may use the playground area and picnic area after camp.
Sessions (click any link):
All sprouts receive a camp t-shirt
(Sprout sessions $150 Mon - Thurs. 10% sibling discount, 10% military discount - 1 discount per family)
SUMMER AND SPROUT CAMP REGISTRATION LINKS LISTED BELOW