Virtual Field Trip Frequently Asked Questions

If you have further questions, please contact Mandy Masters at mmasters@wppa.org or 608-723-7551.

What is a virtual farm tour?

Our virtual farm tours give you a unique on-farm experience without having to leave the classroom. That means no field trip forms to sign, no sack lunches to pack, and no buses to coordinate.  This one-of-a-kind experience will connect you with a pig farmer via a live video chat. You’ll get an inside view of a modern pig barn, learn about how pigs are raised, and have ample opportunity to ask questions.

Does it cost anything to participate?

Our virtual farm tours are FREE for Wisconsin classrooms. The cost of the tours is paid for by Wisconsin’s pork producers through the Pork Checkoff.

How do I sign my classroom up?

You can sign up by entering your information on the Virtual Field Trip page or by contacting Mandy Masters at mmasters@wppa.org or 608-723-7551.

How much time does the virtual tour take?

Please set aside 45 minutes to one hour for your virtual farm tour.

Do you have lesson plans to go along with the virtual tours?

Complete lesson plans are not yet available, however we do have a worksheet for students to complete during or after the virtual farm tour.

Elementary Worksheet      Elementary Answer Key

Is there a limit to how many students can participate?

Nope-the more the merrier! We do however ask that you let us know how many students will be watching from your classroom so we can keep track of how many students have gotten to experience the virtual farm tours.

What age groups can participate?

We currently have virtual farm tours scheduled for elementary aged students, but we hope to reach other age groups in the future.

Can I invite other classrooms to view the virtual tour?

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to invite other classrooms to participate. If all students/classrooms will be viewing the tour from the same room, there’s no need to sign up separately. However, if they would like to join the tour from another location, they’ll need to register in advance.

What equipment do I need to connect my classroom to the virtual farm tour?

All you need is an email account and a computer or other audio & video equipment connected to the internet. Make sure your device has a working microphone and camera so you can ask questions and we can see your smiling faces!

I’ve never used Zoom video conferencing before. Can I practice connecting in advance?

If you’re new to Zoom, we’re more than happy to set up a time to do a practice hangout with you. Even those with more experience are encouraged to do a trial with us to make sure the connection and equipment is working properly.