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
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.
Carrot harvest in September
Harvest in the vegetable garden
Working with the pigs
On the road with the tractor
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.
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.
Farmyard of the VNP school farm in Wilsede
Main building with vintage tractor
Bonfire site at the VNP school farm in Wilsede
Food and drink will be provided by the participants
Baking day in the bakehouse
Our cosy tiled stove
Well prepared for all weathers
VNP Schulbauernhof: Working in the vegetable garden | Photo: VNP Stiftung Naturschutzpark Lüneburger Heide
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.
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.