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 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.

DID YOU KNOW WE ARE OPENING A FARM SCHOOL?

Dennita has taught 23 years in Virginia's public schools.  She is a licensed teacher of English, Special Education, and  School Administration.  She has taught every grade, except 10th grade, served as a reading specialist, teacher coach, and mentor.  Her vision is to create a BACK-to-BASICS, ONE-ROOM farm school where children will develop a strong foundation in phonics, reading, writing, mathematics, hands-on science, Virginia History, all things rural, and Christian values. The vision of The Little Red Schoolhouse just makes good sense, especially as public school drifts further and further from common sense education, morals, and values parents want their children to learn.  ​Scroll below to learn more. 

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DIRECTIONS TO THE FARM:

From Richmond area take I-95 South to exit 51/I-85 South/US 460 West. Take exit 63A/Boydton Plank Road.  Turn left on Duncan Road and left on Smith Grove Road.

From South Hill/Bracy/North Carolina state line area take I-85 North to exit 61.  Turn left on Route 1/Boydton Plank Road.  Turn right on Duncan Road and left on Smith Grove Road. 

From Roanoke Rapids/Emporia area take I-95 North to exit 51/I-85 South/US 460 West.  Take exit 63A/Boydton Plank Road.  Turn left on Duncan Road and left on Smith Grove Road.

 

THE LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE

A faith based, back-to-basics school where children develop a strong foundation in reading, writing, mathematics, hands-on science, American history, and all things rural.

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WELCOME TO THE LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE

This little schoolhouse is a testimony of how faith the size of a mustard seed can impact so many lives.  

School begins August 15, 2022.  Pre-registration is now open. (click the link)

Many parents have asked about the school calendar, discipline policies, curriculum, and tuition.  We are working on creating digital information for parents. For now, we will share answers to the most common questions. 

School Calendar (click to view)

School begins August 15, 2022.  The school day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm.  The option of before and after school care is in addition to tuition. We will follow the traditional school calendar with longer breaks during the holidays. 

Discipline:

Children are less likely to behave inappropriately when they are fully engaged in learning at their instructional level.  Student engagement is vital to building confident learners. Additionally, we believe that children learn best through exploration, investigation, and inquiry.  Children attending school will learn how to solve conflict through kindness, respect, and understanding for each other. 

Curriculum:

Final decisions regarding curriculum will be made by the end of January.  While the Virginia Standards of Learning serve a purpose for public school, we feel student deserve to be educated above minimal standards.  Additionally, we believe that grades should reflect student learning and mastery of the content.  Formative assessments (quizzes, assignments) provide important data about each child's growth.  Struggling students receive reteaching to ensure they are able to master the content.  Students receive leveled reading, writing, and mathematics instruction in order to bridge any gaps in learning. In essence, we believe all children will learn with the right instruction.


Tuition: 

Student tuition is $6,000 per school year with 5% discount for second sibling.  Parents who pay their child's tuition by August 15, 2022 receive 5% discount. 

 

2022 SUMMER PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Those who say money can't buy happiness have never paid a rescue fee.

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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 special events scheduled throughout the week.  Admission per student is $10 (includes animal feed).    Parent and sibling (2 years and older) admission is $8.00 with an optional $5 food bucket. 

We offer Mini-Melt ice cream - $4.

Field trips are by appointment only.  Please call 804-536-6879 for available dates and times.

 

SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS

Family Fun

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.


2022 Family Farm Visit Dates:

  • April - June hours: Saturday 10 am - 2 pm (closed Sunday, except for special events)

  • July - August 14 Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 2 pm (closed Sunday, except foe special events.)

  • August 15 - November 25 Saturday 11 am - 2 pm (closed Sunday, except for special events)

  • Staff at the Red Barn Farm welcome family farm visits without a reservation between 10 am - 2 pm on the days listed above. We are closed on Sundays, except for special events and birthday parties.

  • $8 per person 2 years old and up, $5 option animal food buckets.

  • All major credit credit cards and Apple Pay accepted.

  • All visitors must wear closed toed shoes.

SPECIAL UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • ​Easter Egg Hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny  April 9, 10, 16 10 am - 3 pm each day

  • Halloween on the Farm  October 29, 10 am - 5 pm 

  • Cookes with Santa:  The REAL Santa arrives each day! ​Nov  19-20, 25-27, and December 3-4 and 27-28 10 am - 3 pm each day.

  • Live Nativity: Walk Through Bethlehem  December 9-11 and 16-18  4 pm - 8 pm Collaboration with First Baptist Church of Hopewell

COMMON QUESTIONS:

WHAT KIND OF ANIMALS DO YOU 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. 

 

SUMMER DAY CAMP

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YOUTH SUMMER DAY CAMP

Children Ages 5 - 12  

 ANIMAL EXPLORERS FARM CAMPYour 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.  Campers who attend more than one week will spend more time with the animals and complete farm projects (example: building nest boxes for chickens and rabbits and leading the brain challenges).  This will ensure that all repeating campers enjoy the multiple weeks.  Animal Explorers will work in teams and learn about animal husbandry of rabbits, emus, chickens, mini horses, mini donkeys, and quail.  Additionally, campers will learn how to begin their own chicken business.  Imagine your child being an entrepreneur at their young age!  This is a hands-on FUN 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 year, campers will meet their parents on the last day of camp at 3:30.  We will begin with a PARENT BRAIN CHALLENGE (so much fun) and end in the barnyard where the campers will share with all parents the knowledge they learned about their favorite animal. 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):

Session 1: June 20 - 24

Session 2: June 27 - July 1

Session 3: July 4 - 8

Session 4: July 11 - 15

Session 5: July 18 - 22

Session 6: July 25 - 29

(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. 

Camp Leader 1 Bird Team: 5 - 8-year-olds

Camp Leader 2 Mammal Team: 9 - 12-year-olds

and all volunteers are CPR/First Aid Certified

Junior Camp Counselors:  Previous campers who are now 13 years old may attend camp as a Junior Camp Counselor (JCC).  All JCCs work directly under the direct supervision of an adult Camp Leader until the age of 16.  Junior Camp Counselors may volunteer all 6 weeks provided they complete CPR and First Aid training.  A JCC position may lead to a future paid (adult) summer Camp Leader position.  If you would like to assist as a JCC this year, please send an email of inquiry to theredbarnfarmva@gmail.com.

 

TODDLER/MOMMY "SPROUT" CAMP

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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):

Session 1: June 27 - July 1 (Mon - Thurs)

Session 2: July 11 - 15 (Mon - Thurs)

Session 3: July 25- 29 (Mon - Thurs)

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

 

COOKIES WITH SANTA

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IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Sharing the Magic of Christmas with every child.  (Video)

We believe Christmas traditions create lifelong memories and that is why we are passionate about sharing our traditions with the community.  Bring your children to see the REAL Santa and his adorable elves. All children will begin their adventure by creating a wish list at the farm prior to sitting on Santa's lap. Parents, bring your cameras to capture the precious moments between your child and Santa!   Afterwards, children may decorate their own Christmas cookie, enjoy a hayride with the elves, and interact with the Gingerbread Man and Abominable Snowman. Children friendly concessions available for purchase (hotdogs, cotton candy, pop corn, hot chocolate, ice cream). 

Dates:

November 19, 20 25, 26, 27, and December 3, 4

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

No reservation needed.

 

WALK THROUGH BETHLEHEM: LIVE NATIVITY

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"AND SHE GAVE BIRTH TO HER FIRSTBORN SON AND WRAPPED HIM IN SWADDLING CLOTHS AND LAID HIM IN A MANGER, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO PLACE FOR THEM IN THE INN."  LUKE 2:7

The First Baptist Church of Hopewell presents the second annual Walk Through Bethlehem: Live Nativity at The Red Barn Farm.


Step back 2,000 years in time and experience life in Bethlehem.  Encounter Roman soldiers, shopkeepers, live animals, shepherds and angels.  Witness the Baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.

This is a hands-on, interactive event for the entire family.  Come peruse the craft vendors, enjoy good food, live music, a warm fire, hot chocolate, and make great family memories while feeling the Spirit of Christmas. 


Dates:

December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

No reservation or admission fee. 

 
 

CONTACT US

25115 Smith Grove Road
North Dinwiddie, Virignia 23803

804-536-6879

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