Friends of Danada provides free field trips for 3rd and 4th grade students, and interested groups to the Danada Model Farm and Equestrian Center. Students enjoy a hayride to the Danada Model Farm and an opportunity to learn first hand about crops of corn and soybeans, farming methods of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as history of the country's midwest. Students learn the importance of agriculture in their daily lives and the nation's economy. Additionally, children are encouraged to read labels on food products and learn what constitues the products that they are consuming so that they can make a better choice of the things they eat. On the way to the Model Farm they stop at the old Danada racetrack and starting gate. They learn about the Rice's love of horses and the thoroughbred training that took place on the property. A little farther along, they meet the Widow Hobson, an Irish settler from the 1830s who tells them about pioneer life on the prairie. The remainder of the tour takes place in the Danada Equestrain Center where the students see and touch the horses including formally wild mustangs and draft horses. The Down on the Farm program has become extremely popular with area schools, drawing 300 to 400 students each year. The program is provided FREE OF CHARGE and is open to all interested groups, schools and organizations.