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School Programs available at the Eco-Justice Center

and lessons to be brought to the classroom

We welcome you and your group to the Eco-Justice Center! We offer a variety of specialized tours and classes at the farm, along with lessons that we can bring into the classroom (see below). Many of these programs can easily supplement science, environmental, and art lessons, but can also enhance writing, faith, and applied mathematics classes.

For tour fees, please visit "Program Fees"

Overview

  • Take an explorative walk around the Eco-Justice Center, highlighting the renewable energy producers, animals, gardens, and the history of the farm (25-120 minutes).

Alpaca fiber, spinning, felting, weaving

  • Learn about alpacas and their useful fiber. Understand the process alpaca fiber goes through to become yarn. Possible crafts to learn or make include alpaca necklace beads (25-35 minutes), felting, spinning, or weaving. Bead making can be done at the farm or in the classroom (15-90 minutes)

Animal life cycles

  • Gain knowledge of a variety of farm animals, including birds, mammals, and invertebrates. Learn about their life cycles, how we care for these animals and how they are useful to humans. Some small animals can be brought into classroom (chickens, and insects) (20-90 minutes).

Composting

  • Learn how to compost on the farm, in the city, or at school. What can you put in your compost and how do you care for your compost? On the farm you can see a variety of compost containers/space with different purposes (5-40 minutes).

Earth spirituality

  • The Eco-Justice Center has many ways to reflect and get in touch with the Earth. At the farm you can walk the grass labyrinth or learn about Native American spirituality through lessons around the medicine wheel garden (10-90 minutes).

Honey bees

  • See the bees in action! Take a look at the active hives and a look inside non-active ones. Learn about the lives of bees and about the major decline in populations around the world. Taste some honey made by our bees.  Empty bee hives, wax, honey, and posters, along with other tools, can be brought into the classroom. Depending on the time of year, honey is also available for sale at the farm (10-90 minutes).

Importance of animals in our lives

  • Every animal on the farm is useful to us humans or to the Earth. We try to maintain a good range of biodiversity. Alpacas give us fiber and manure, our cats scare away the always hungry mice, and our guinea hens enjoy eating wood ticks.  Come visit to learn about more of the animals or we can come to you and share about their uses (15-90 minutes).

Organic gardening

  • Hear about the gardens at the Eco-Justice Center. Learn some substitutions for herbicides and pesticides and why they are better for the Earth. Gain knowledge about composting and its benefits. During the growing season plots are available for school groups to rent. For these, seeds, tools, water, and mentoring are available (10-90 minutes).

Origami

  • Classes at the farm or in a classroom are offered upon request. Learn to make a variety of items from paper folded boxes to Christmas ornaments to seed pot starters (20-60 minutes).

Paper making

  • Classes at the farm or in a classroom are offered upon request. Create and decorate hand-made, one of a kind, sheets of paper to take home. These are perfect for making cards or writing letters (30-120 minutes).

Plant life cycle/parts of plants

  • Discover a variety of plants from those that produce edible fruits, to those we appreciate for their flowers, to those we use for shade. Learn the parts of plants and how they grow and reproduce (15-90 minutes).

Pollination and seeds

  • See our pollinators in action and learn about a range of flower forms. Explore the parts of a flower and observe them under magnification to help understand what is needed for a seed to form. Search for seeds from variety of plants (10-45 minutes).

Recycling

  • Learn what can be recycled in your area and why. Understand the recycling process and become a more knowledgable citizen (10-30 minutes). 

Renewable energy

  • See renewable energy being creating in front of your eyes! Spot our windmill, photovoltaic cells, solar water heater, geo-thermal heating/cooling, solar clothesdryer, and solar oven. Understand the difference between renewable energy and non-renewable energy. Discuss how we use energy in our lives and how we can reduce our energy use (15-90 minutes).

Sustainability

  • Learn what living “sustainably” means. Tour the farm to better understand how to begin to have more sustainable energy, food, and water practices in your life, house, and classroom. Be introduced to ideas of renewable energy, growing your own food, and water conservation (15-90 minutes).

Water conservation, quality, and use

  • Gain knowledge of the water cycle and how water is purified. Learn about water pollutants and how to reduce the use of or dispose of them properly. See rain barrels in action and discover the benefits of a rain garden. Play with a hands-on mini watershed and see water filtration in action, explore our pond, creek, and wetland areas, and learn the uses of water on the farm and in our daily lives. (10-90 minutes). 
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