David Pulver shares love of animals with school kids

Close to 8,000 school children come through Springdale Farm each year to learn about agriculture and part of that learning is coming from David Pulver, a tour guide.

Pulver loves animals, so for about a decade he has participated in the day program at Springdale Farm. In the last couple of years, though, he has started helping with tours by showing students
around the farm and introducing them to animals. The goats seem to be one of the favorites among the students, he said, but tours can include a robotic milking barn and miles of nature trails – all while they:
• Explore the life cycles of animals;
• Develop awareness of the interdependence of plants and animals;
• Apply observation, classifying and predicting skills;
• Apply mathematical reasoning including estimating, predicting and numeration;
• Expand listening, speaking and vocabulary skills;
• Become familiar with the products that come from a farm.

“The kids are nice,” Pulver said, and he enjoys teaching them about the farm. “I feel happy. It feels good.” †

About tours
Springdale Farm has several well-trained tour guides who are available to work with groups of 15 people or more. One-hour tours cost $5 per person. To help teachers and students get the most out of their visit, the farm provides an online pre-tour packet with a tour description and other helpful information. An online post-tour packet, including a lesson plan for use in the classroom, encourages students to continue learning about what they have seen on the farm. Springdale Farm has a limited number of scholarships and transportation stipends for schools in the city of Rochester. Some restrictions apply. To schedule a tour call: (585) 349-2090 ext. 4505.