Suffolk County Farm & Education Center

This 220-acre working farm offers fun, hands-on educational programs about Long Island’s agricultural heritage while showcasing present-day agriculture. Groups will tour the farm on a tractor-drawn wagon ride, and will be able to see the everyday workings of a large scale farm up close. In a program called Green Footprints, learners will discuss what it means to think globally and act locally. Egg to Chick, Fleece and Fiber, and Dairy programs show groups how chicken, dairy, and wool life cycles and production work, and discovery programs offer hands on encounters with butterflies and other insects.
Contact Info
Address: 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank, NY 11980. Suffolk County. Long Island, NY. Tel: 631-852-4600. Email: Website: Hrs: Daily 9AM-3PM. 
Trip Info
Grade Level: Pre-K-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Cost: Fee. 

Farms Fun Facts

The average American may eat 125 pounds of potatoes each year but corn is actually America's number one field crop, providing ingredients for cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks. Have your campers note the various ingredients in the food they eat.

The average person eats 68 quarts of popcorn a year alone! Have each camper keep a record of how much popcorn they eat during the camp season, or the total amount that their camp consumes.

Use a trip to an agricultural farm to find out about the benefits of eating local. Ask the farm staff to discuss the process from seed to market.