Education for Sustainability

Our Chicken Parade – Made Virtual

Have you ever had a front row seat to a Chicken Parade? Here’s your chance! You’ll learn some fun facts about chickens along the way, and see what our hens and rooster are up to this time of year. The chickens have been enjoying the sunshine, bugs, and fresh grass that arrive with spring. The longer days also mean that the chickens are back to laying a daily egg for us to collect!


Shelburne Farms’ Chicken Parade


Cat Parrish and Bebe, the sheep

Posted by Cat Parrish

May 20, 2020

Local Action, Global Impact: the Sustainable Development Goals in my Neighborhood - Online

Join us for a 2-week deep dive into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Together, we will investigate this framework and apply the Global Goals to local, regional, and global contexts. We will build upon our own knowledge of self, community, and place in order to deepen and refine our understanding of education for sustainability. Guest presenters from the UN’s Network of Regional Centers for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development will bring additional perspectives to the discourse.

Transformative Leadership in Education for Sustainability - Online

A compliment to our EFS Leadership Academy, this month-long experience focuses on leadership practices and tools to transform yourself and your community.   We’ll explore a whole-systems and ecological approach for leading change in complex and emergent times.  We’ll work with storytelling and leadership exercises to envision the future we want to create. A core element of this program is the community that will be co-developed through our engagement with each other and our collective work.

Farm to School Online Workshop for K-6 Educators (and Friends!)

Now more than ever, we are understanding the importance of our food system. Join Shelburne Farms’ School Program Coordinator, Courtney Mulcahy, to engage in food systems and Farm to School activities that come alive both in an online environment and in the classroom. Learn about what other teachers are doing and share your own strategies and activities. We’ll be joined by Kestrel Plump from the Sustainability Academy in VT and Kelly Cronin from Witchcraft Elementary in MA.

Supporting Farm to School During School Closures

On Sunday, March 15, Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued an Executive Order to close schools, in which he required all districts to continue offering meal service during closures. By Wednesday, March 18, all schools were closed. By Thursday, March 19, most districts were offering meal service by delivery or grab-n-go models. By Monday, March 23, ALL districts in Vermont were offering meal service in some form. That is a remarkable mobilization to keep kids fed during this emergency.


Posted by Sarah Webb

May 8, 2020

Shearing Our Flock of Farmyard Sheep

April is the time of year when we’d typically be celebrating all things sheep with you — families, teachers, students, and fellow farmers. However, since our programming is currently put on hold and our barns are closed to the public, we decided to bring our annual “Sheep and Shear Delights” main event — shearing with professional shearer Mary Lake — to you!


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