Information Sessions: Come Visit!
Parents and children are invited to participate in an information session to see if NatureYear might be a great choice for your child. Information sessions are offered on select dates in April and May 2020.
See the dates and sign up for an information session HERE.
Home base is our cabin in the woods. A place to drop-off gear, start our day, or gather for a story or group meeting. The firepit just outside the cabin is a great spot for a song circle or for cooking snacks from the farm.
The Learning Garden is for tasting, smelling, planting, watering, and harvesting.
The Farm is where most of the vegetables are grown. It is great to see (and help!) the farmers and the high school students who are working and learning. Our honeybees have hives here, and the strawberry patch is a fun place to forage for snacks.
Our Farm Animals offer lots of opportunities for observation and for learning to interact gently with living things. Our year-round residents include chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, and sheep. Springtime brings baby chicks and piglets!
The Wetland is a magical spot to watch the seasons change. The water level goes up and down with the seasons, the natural spring changes from a trickle to a fast-running flow, and we can watch the cycle from eggs to tadpoles to frogs, who return in early spring to peep and call and leave new eggs of their own.
The Forest offers endless possibilities for play and exploration. On campus, we can build forts and have campfires at the Outdoor Classroom. On the trails in West Rock Park, we can visit Turtle Rock, wade in Wintergreen Brook, climb into Judges Cave, or take in the views from West Rock Summit.
The Farmhouse has a teaching kitchen where we can make delicious food from the farm, and a classroom we can use for activities if we need a break from challenging weather. Just outside the farmhouse, the Mud Kitchen is a favorite place for digging, playing with water, and mixing up some mud pies!