Hillmershof Wilsede – School classes explore agriculture

The school farm programme of the VNP Stiftung Naturschutzpark is aimed at 3rd to 6th grade school classes. The stay is five days from Monday to Friday.

Environmental education programmeAccommodation in WilsedeTravel to and from the farm and costsOur animalsContact for questions

View of the herb garden at the school farm Hillmershof | VNP Children's Academy
View of the herb garden at the school farm Hillmershof | VNP Children’s Academy

Environmental education programme

The school farm programme of the VNP Stiftung Naturschutzpark is aimed at 3rd to 6th grade school classes. The stay lasts 5 days from Monday to Friday.

This is what children say


VNP school farm: postcare for the Hillmershof from Badenstedt | VNP Kinderakademie
4th grade school class from Badenstedt

Work Groups

The school classes are divided into small groups of 4 to 5 pupils who go through the different work areas as a fixed team for the duration of their stay.

Under supervision and depending on the weather and season, the work groups take on practical tasks in the stable, in the field, in the garden, in the forest, in the meadow, at the bee fence and in the farm kitchen.

This involves “real” work, such as feeding, mucking out, planting, harvesting, cooking and baking.

Free time

Handling the horse-drawn carriage at the Hillmershof school farm | VNP Children's Academy
Helping to push the carriage to the right spot

In addition to work, the programme naturally also offers activities in class, such as campfires and baking bread on sticks, a horse-drawn carriage ride or a night hike. In the free time, the large natural garden invites you to play and romp around.

In the garden at the school farm Hillmershof | VNP Children's Academy
In the gardent of the school farm Hillmershof

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The accommodation in Wilsede

Surrounded by old oak trees, the buildings of the 600-year-old Hillmershof are located in the middle of extensive heath, farmland and woodland.

The old thatched farmhouse has room for 31 guests:

  • one 8-bed room
  • two 6-bed rooms
  • two 4-bed rooms
  • two rooms for teachers

Each room has its own bathroom with shower.

In addition

  • kitchen
  • lounge
  • dining room.

Meals

Meals are prepared by one of the work groups together with a housekeeper in the courtyard kitchen.

Table service and dishwashing are done alternately by the work groups.

Arrival and departure

The village of Wilsede is located in the middle of the Lüneburger Heide nature reserve and can only be reached on foot, by bicycle or by horse-drawn carriage. Access for private cars and buses is not permitted.

School classes arrive and depart on foot from the Oberhaverbeck, Döhle or Undeloh hikers’ car parks. A shuttle service is available for luggage.

Costs

The costs for a stay of 5 days (4 nights/all meals) are 205,00 € per person (1st supervisor free of charge, 2nd supervisor pays 50%, each additional supervisor pays the full price).

Many foundations in Lower Saxony and Hamburg award scholarships to school classes.

Scholarship opportunities


Many service clubs such as Lions or Rotary clubs also sponsor stays. Ask about this in your region.

Our animals

What would a farm be without animals! A wide variety of animal inhabitants live on the Hillmershof. Here is a small introduction:

Would you like to know more?

Our head of department „Environmental Education and Nature Conservation“ Johannes Buhr will be happy to give you more information:

Phone: +49 5198 98243-29
Email:

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