Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservationists
Appleton Farms serves the schools and families of our community with immersive, experiential education. We build on the Trustees’ expertise in nature conservation, designed landscapes, regenerative agriculture, and culinary education to create our innovative STEAM-centered curriculum. Our curriculum fosters a systems-based mindset: here, they can feel, smell, taste, and see the process of plant growth. They can watch exactly what happens to food when they toss it in the compost pile. They see real farmers doing the real work that keeps our communities fed.
Our goal is exactly this: to make those farm-to-fork connections real for our youth.
We collaborate with your school through our Field Study program and our Nature and Place local school partnerships. For families, we offer our Afternoon Adventures dropoff series, summer and vacation week camps, and weekend public programming. Our youth, who we know will grow up to be the next generation of conservationists, stewards, environmental leaders, and informed citizens, can let their sense of wonder expand over the landscape during their educational experience here at Appleton Farms. They will come away having made new connections between their life and the systems around them, and will be empowered with new skills to advocate for the environment, make good choices about what they eat, and lead by example.
Read on to sample some of our offerings, and follow the links below for more detailed information on pricing, schedules, and contact information.
With STEAM principles underpinning all of our activities, The Trustees school-based programs are designed to support Massachusetts educational frameworks. We offer multiple ways to partner with us:
We also accommodate already-formed homeschool learning groups, and would love to partner with you to provide an outdoor learning opportunity that enriches and expands upon your science curriculum. Reach out to Ashley Chapman to book a private pod for your homeschool group.
During a time of virtual learning and careful classrooms, we recognize the need for safe, kinesthetic learning and social development in the great outdoors. Enrich your child’s education during this difficult time with our outdoor learning programs– and look ahead to one of our camp programs in the coming months!
Appleton Farms offers semester-long environmental/farm-based education internships for students pursuing a career in the education field. Gain hands-on environmental experience planning and leading educational experiences for students’ preschool through high school under the guidance and leadership of experienced farm educators. Opportunities are available for fall & spring semesters, as well as during winter and summer break.
For parents: get your child outside and learning in our garden, fields, and woods.
For parents: enrich your homeschool science class with hands-on outdoor learning