A look back at School Programs
As we leap into summer camps, our educators Courtney Mulcahy and Lindsay Whitaker took a moment to reflect back on a full season of school programs, in words and pictures. Our School Programs served more than 3,000 students this academic year.
“My best moments are when I see students make connections to their own knowledge or experience. Like recently we were checking out some interesting fungus that we’d found and a student said ‘it reminds me of anemones in the ocean!’ And he was totally right!”
“Holding salamanders for the first time, sipping sap right from the tap, coming across some straight walker trails in a fresh snow, rolling down the hill on Sheep’s Knoll, running on the path leaving Lone Tree where I can only see their heads bobbing over the tall grass, making pizza sauce and eating veggies from the garden that they’d never eat if they didn’t pick it – These are all my favorite moments!”
Fall Field Trips
“Fall field trips bring veggie harvesting, pizza making, and forest exploring! Sometimes there’s a hint of disappointment when a student asks to visit chicks, and we have to remind them that the chicks are actually chickens now, not babies. Everything is a learning opportunity!”
Winter Field Trips
“With winter comes candle making, working with wool, and animal tracking. Students are sometimes confused that the Farmyard looks so empty, and there aren’t any cows or sheep in the pastures. It doesn’t look much like ‘the farm’ to them (even though we know it still is).”
Spring Field Trips
“After a long winter’s nap, lambs and calves are born at the dairy, and students squeal and coo at the cuteness as we learn about animal life cycles. These animal-based field trips are my favorite, which makes sense, because my first job at Shelburne Farms was in the Children’s Farmyard. I love all the excited squeals!
“At the dairy, the smiles don’t stop as they see day-old calves, and tiny lambs. We milk a mama cow, talk to Sam, and explore the joy and wonder of Spring on the Farm.”