Our mixed-age class for children ages 3 – 12 with an adult offers children the opportunity to use their all of their senses to experience our gardens, friendly farm animals and the woodlands of West Rock Park.
On the farm
We will learn about local produce, taste test vegetables and harvest this year’s crop. Children will meet the goats and sheep and spend time in the chicken yard. They will learn about the roles of the animals on the farm by collecting eggs, spinning wool, and helping with animal care. We will also explore soils, decomposers and compost with activities using our own red wiggler worms and compost system. Springtime will bring planting in the greenhouses and gardens and many baby animals to enrich our farm curriculum!
In the forest
We will explore the diverse wildlife and unique habitats surrounding our farm. In just a short hike, students can experience a variety of habitats while learning about native species and how their needs are met in an urban forest. We will play games, catch bugs and frogs and build woodland shelters. Learning about maple sugaring and watching and identifying birds at the feeders are favorite springtime activities.
This program builds community and challenges kids to use their senses and imaginations and to actively engage with the natural world.
Family Nature Club:
We welcome up to 30 children (with 3 teachers) in our fall, winter, and spring Family Nature Club sessions. We welcome homeschoolers as well as preschoolers whose families do not necessarily plan to homeschool once their child reaches school age.
This program is for ages 3 – 12, and the majority of participants are typically ages 3 – 8.
Each week starts with a welcoming activity. This is play and social time for children and parents as everyone arrives. Each week, children may choose from 2 – 3 different activities (the number of choices depends on total enrollment). Our classes are entirely outdoors (unless we have a special cooking or art activity that needs an indoor space), and we are here rain or shine.
An adult is requested to stay and participate with their child. Infant and toddler siblings (up to age 2) are welcome at no charge with an enrolled older sibling.
2019 – 2020 Family Nature Club Schedule:
- Fall Session: Fridays: Sept 13 – Nov 8 (9 classes). 1 – 3:30 PM. $180
- Winter Session: Fridays: Every other week from Jan 10 – March 20. An every-other-week schedule gives us room to make-up classes if we get snowed out! Dates: Jan 10, 24; Feb 7, 21; March 6, 20. 10 AM – 12:30 PM. $120
- Spring Session: Fridays: April 3 – June 5 (9 classes, closed on April 10 for Good Friday). 1 – 3:30 PM. $180
Limited financial aid is available to qualified applicants from any town. Apply online HERE .
Questions? Call Rebecca Holcombe at 203-389-4333 x 1213 or email email@example.com.
If you are interested in a full day, drop off forest school program, be sure to check out NatureYear.
Once per week from 9 AM – 3 PM, September through June. Ages 5 – 13.