Welcome, preK–12 and non-formal educators! The Shelburne Farms Institute for Sustainable Schools offers transformative programs and resources for you and your students to help inspire an emerging generation of changemakers.

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Our Approach

Education for Sustainability links knowledge, inquiry, and action while cultivating a sense of joy and wonder for the world around us. Our offerings for you–and for your students–focus on equity-centered food systems and climate change education, community and place-based learning, and youth engagement and action to help learners build healthier communities and a healthier planet, now and in the future.

In Your Words

I think of Shelburne Farms as an incubator. It allows us educators to hatch our ideas, but also to have a place where you can gather. For many teachers, there's a need for community, for connection. That's one of the reasons I value Shelburne Farms so much.

Jim Clifford
Jim Clifford
Educator, Connecticut
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Join Us For Professional Learning

Build knowledge, connect with fellow educators, and enhance your teaching practice.

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School Programs

Educational field trips and outreach programs for you and your students, on our farm or in your school or community.

Upcoming Events

Educator Programs
Application Deadline: Cultivating Pathways to Sustainability 2024–25
Cost varies. See program page for details.
With UP for Learning
Applications Open

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