The Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch at Barton Hill Farms is the perfect way to spend a nice autumn day in Central Texas. Our picturesque family-owned farm just outside of Austin lets you experience life on the farm – even if it’s just for the day.
Take fall photos with the family under the cottonwood trees. Pick your very own pumpkins from our beautiful pumpkin patch. Get lost (and then found again) in our 3.5 acre corn maze. Then take a break, relax on a swing beneath a shady tree, and let the Colorado River wash your cares away.
We are looking forward to welcoming students back to the farm to learn about agriculture and enjoy the Bastrop sunshine. With over 100 acres of farmland, there will be plenty of space for kids to spread out.
Reservations will go quickly! If you’re interested in reserving a spot for your students, please fill out our online form.
Our team will be reaching out to educators in November with additional information about spring field trip availability and policies, so make sure to sign up now!
Field Trips at Barton Hill Farms
Spring Field Trips at Barton Hill Farms
Spend a fun and educational day on the farm!
Our 118-acre farmstead will be open on select dates in March and April 2021 to excite and delight your public and private elementary school aged students. Our real world, working farm will teach children about pollinators, how our spring crops grow, and life on the farm. This is an experience they won’t soon forget!
Fall Field Trips at Barton Hill Farms
Interested in a Fall Field Trip near downtown Austin? Sign up for our newsletter to get updated when fall field trip days are announced. Students can enjoy the corn maze and pumpkin patch!
Field Trips Information
What You’ll Learn
A day at Barton Hill Farms is an opportunity to do some hands-on learning. We will discuss our farm animals and their importance. Students will hear about how our helpful worker bees pollinate the crops, like strawberries and zinnias in the spring, or pumpkins and corn in the fall. They may also learn about healthy nutrition, life on the farm, and what makes our crops grow. Exact agendas may vary. Y’all may see a gopher or two or three!
Our goal is to enable our kiddos to gain a better idea of where their food comes from and to make the connections between farm and city life. Plus, we want kids to learn about the science and technology that come with modern agriculture.
Part of your day on the farm can include free time, where students can enjoy some of our many activities. Fun and games include climbing and sliding on Wilbarger’s Fort Tree House, corn hole, washers, the Trike Track, the Lively Ship sandbox, sack races, and more! In the fall, kids can explore our giant Corn Maze. And in the spring, they can learn about our spring strawberries and zinnias.
Please note: Not all activities will be accessible at every field trip.
A Typical Day
A day at Barton Hill Farms starts with arrival at 9:30am. Your bus will be greeted by one of our tour guides who will collect pre-signed waivers. Then, they’ll hand out wristbands to the teacher for all the students and chaperones. There will be one wristband for every pre-booked student or adult. Tickets MUST be purchased online prior to arrival. Parents and chaperones not employed by the school district must purchase a ticket online and present before entry. Please make sure to book all of your attendees online in advance! Your group is required to enter together. Late arrivals will result in an adjustment to group’s tour time.
Once every student and chaperone has their wristband on, the tour guide will lead your group to the first learning experience. This may be an audience-participation skit, a trail ride, or learning about the farm animals. Your group will be rotated through the activities by your tour guide.
At lunch time, your group can gather together on the farm to eat their sack lunches. For more info about lunch, please see “Lunch on the Farm.”
Then at 1:15pm, it’s time to get back on the bus and head back to school!
Lunch on the Farm
Concessions is limited on Field Trip days. Feel free to bring a few dollars for a dessert or tasty lemonade beverage. However, all students, teachers and chaperones will need to bring a clearly labeled, fully disposable sack-lunch. Teachers-place all bagged lunches & bottled waters into a wheeled cooler with ICE packs for cooling. We don’t permit coolers on the weekends but do make SPECIAL accommodations for the Field Trip days. The cooler will be taken to the lunch area and ready for your group at lunch time! Please label your school’s cooler. Food Suggestions include: a sandwich, veggies and fruits, nuts, and a bottled water. We do not provide a reheating option on Field Trip days. Barton Hill Farms is not a nut-free/allergy free facility.
At lunch time, your group can gather together on the farm grounds to eat their sack lunches. Use of our covered pavilion is available first come first served. Each group is required to clean up and dispose of their own trash.
Every attendee on Field Trip Day must bring a signed waiver to the farm. Teachers can download the waiver here and distribute copies to students in advance for parent signatures. Our Field Trip Co-ordinator will be contacting y’all about this…
Your tour guide will bring wristbands to your bus when you arrive and provide one wristband per signed waiver. Please have waivers ready when you arrive on the farm!
Frequently Asked Questions
Our lessons and activities are perfect for 1st through 4th grade students.
Although we can accommodate up to 1000 total students and chaperones per field trip day in normal circumstances, we may be reducing our capacity due to COVID-19. Please let us know if you're interested in reserving a spot for Spring 2021 by filling out the form below.
Teachers, teacher’s assistants, and bus drivers may enter the farm for free. We require one adult per three students in each group.
Parents, please don’t bring any additional siblings to the farm, as this is an educational field trip.
1115 FM 969, Bastrop, TX. Barton Hill Farms is conveniently located just outside of the Austin area, in Bastrop, Texas. We are a 25-minute drive from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and a 45-minute drive from downtown Round Rock.
Barton Hill Farms is a working farm, and it’s entirely outdoors. That means students, teachers, and chaperones should dress appropriately for the weather. Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and jackets may be necessary depending on the conditions. Hat are recommended on very sunny days.
No, the farm will be closed to the public on Field Trip days. This is so students and teachers can focus on the learning process among their peers.
Barton Hill Farms is not a nut-free venue. There are pecan trees on the farm. In addition, we are unable to control the food items that students and chaperones bring with them to the farm. If you have any allergies, please bring any necessary medication.
Absolutely! Please note that the terrain is all grass. There are no sidewalks or cement pads. So we do not recommend motorized wheelchairs. Instead, we suggest a manual chair with a helper to push.
There is a handicap accessible, portable restroom on site.
We can provide some assistance for children with disabilities to get on the hayride, but they will need to provide tie downs to secure the chair. Please call the farm for details about how we can accommodate a specific disability.
Service animals are allowed on the farm, per ADA requirements. They must be trained for a specific task that is ADA approved. Other pets and emotional support animals are not allowed on the farm, due to the large number of children and farm animals on site.
Tickets to Barton Hill Farms Field Trip Days are non-refundable.