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Appleton Farms Education – COVID 19 Update

Our Appleton Farms Education team is working diligently to help support YOU and your family during these challenging times. Programs to help support your student’s academic learning and social development will be offered for the Fall 2020 semester. As schools finalize their academic school year plan, our program offerings have been designed to support your child’s learning journey during this upcoming school year.

New Educational Programs This Fall!

Appleton Farms wants to help support your family during these challenging times and get your kids outside and learning. We are offering educational drop-off programs for children ages 5-11 in 3 different series this fall. Please see descriptions for more information. Registration opens 8/24.

*NEW as of 9/1 – We’ve added sessions for 5-6 year old students!*

Appleton Afternoon Adventures

Let’s get outside and learn! “Appleton Farms After School Adventures” offers a chance for kids to explore, learn, and play in the fields, garden, barnyard, and forest. This fall & winter, Appleton Farms will host 3 afternoon drop-off program series for elementary youth in our community. Each series will have 3 different options, ranging between 1-2 days a week.  

These series offer elementary-aged students the opportunity to participate in environmentally focused, farm-based activities led by our experienced education staff. Through educator-guided, experiential learning, students explore sustainability, agroecology, life cycles, soil science, history, and more – making important connections to their ongoing STEAM learning. Activities include plenty of time gardening, hiking, exploring and learning through doing.  

This is an educational afternoon drop-off program for children ages 5-11 offered either 1 or 2 days a week for 5 weeks for Series I & II and 3 weeks for our Winter Series. To keep groups and staff and safe as possible, families must register for a full series of programming. Groups will include up to 9 students with 1 educator. Groups will include the same students for the entire series.  

Each series offers 3 different options to help accommodate different school schedules. 

*Please note, due to staff:child ratio restrictions, there is a separate, more limited capacity group for children ages 5-6.

Series I: 

September 14-October 16 (5 weeks) 

2-5pm 

Option 1: Mondays, Tuesdays 

Option 2: Thursdays, Fridays 

Option 3: Wednesdays 

Series Pricing: 

2 days a week: $450 per member child, $550 per nonmember child 

1 day a week: $225 per member child, $275 per nonmember child 

Series II:  

October 19-November 20 (5 weeks) 

2-5pm 

Option 1: Mondays, Tuesdays 

Option 2: Thursdays, Fridays 

Option 3: Wednesdays 

Series Pricing: 

2 days a week: $450 per member child, $550 per nonmember child 

1 day a week: $225 per member child, $275 per nonmember child 

 

Winter Series 

November 30-December 18 (3 weeks) 

2-5pm 

Option 1: Mondays, Tuesdays 

Option 2: Thursdays, Fridays 

Option 3: Wednesdays 

Series Pricing: 

2 days a week: $270 per member child, $330 per nonmember child 

1 day a week: $135 per member child, $165 per nonmember child 

 

Interested in booking a private series for your child’s learning group, homeschool group, or learning pod? Looking to organize a kindergarten or middle school-aged group for a series?

We are currently offering limited morning and afternoon privately booked series in addition to our public offering! Reach out to discuss booking a private field study series

Ashley Chapman, Education Manager

achapman@thetrustees.org

Homeschool Scientists

Nature is our classroom for our new science program for homeschoolers at Appleton Farms. Students will learn through hands-on science lessons with expert naturalist instructors for 2-hour drop off classes.

This series offers elementary-aged students the opportunity to participate in environmentally focused, farm-based activities led by our experienced education staff. Through educator-guided, experiential learning, students explore sustainability, agroecology, life cycles, soil science, history, and more – making important connections to their ongoing STEAM learning. Activities include plenty of time gardening, hiking, exploring and learning through doing.

This is an educational morning drop-off program for children ages 7-11 offered twice a week for 5 weeks for Series I & II and 3 weeks for our Winter Series. To keep groups and staff and safe as possible, families must register for a full series of programming. Groups will include up to 8 students with 1 educator. Groups will include the same students for the entire series.

Each series has 2 program options to help accommodate different family schedules

*Please note, due to staff:child ratio restrictions, we cannot book children under 7 for this program. Please reach out to discuss our private-pod series opportunities.*

 

Series I:

September 14-October 16 (5 weeks)

9-11am

Group 1: Mondays, Wednesdays

Group 2: Tuesdays, Thursdays

Series Pricing:

$350 per member child, $450 per nonmember child

 

Series II:

October 19-November 20 (5 weeks)

9-11am

Group 1: Mondays, Wednesdays

Group 2: Tuesdays, Thursdays

Series Pricing:

$350 per member child, $450 per nonmember child

 

Winter Series:

November 30-December 18 (3 weeks)

9-11am

Group 1: Mondays, Wednesdays

Group 2: Tuesdays, Thursdays

Series Pricing:

$350 per member child, $450 per nonmember child

 

Appleton’s Farm-Based Education Center

At Appleton Farms we offer hands-on experiences connecting people to place. We believe that in order to protect what you love you must first come to know and understand it.  We offer environmentally focused, farm-based field study programs for pre-K through high school led by our experienced education staff. Through educator-guided, experiential learning, students explore sustainability, agroecology, life cycles, soil science, history, and more – making important connections to what they are learning in the classroom.

Farm Field Study Programs for Schools & Youth

Farm Field Study – COVID Update

Teachers, Parents, and School Leaders, we want to support your learning as we all navigate the current uncertainties and challenges. Please contact us to discuss virtual farm tours or other supplementary educational opportunities for your students at appletonfarms@thetrustees.org

The 1,000 sweeping acres of pastures, fields, forests, historic houses & trails and Appleton’s working dairy, livestock, and vegetable CSA production agricultural operations invite students to both learn and connect with land around them. We offer programs for both large and small groups and can adapt offerings to best suit the learning of all students.

Massachusetts STEAM Curriculum Framework Standards

Our goal is to connect your classroom curricula to our programs in the field. Our educational programs are tailored to fit within the standards for the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Please see our program descriptions for more information about which standards each program covers.

Program Pricing:
Price per student – Field Study*

1.5 Hours: $9.50 | 2 Hours: $10.50 | 3 Hours: $12.50
Minimum program fee: 1.5 Hours: $125 | 2 Hours: $140 | 3 Hours: $165

Price per student – Culinary*
1.5 Hours: $15 | 2 Hours: $20
Minimum program fee: 1.5 Hours: $155 | 2 Hours: $200

Price per student – Field Study & Culinary*
3 hours: $24
Minimum program fee: $240

*All leaders and chaperones attend at no cost

Program Offerings Grades Pre-K through 5

Forest & Farm as Home
Preschool | Kindergarten | Grade 1 | Grade 2
Big Idea: Basic Needs of Living Things | Season: Fall & Spring

Fall Farm Rhythms
Preschool | Kindergarten | Grade 1 | Grade 2
Big Ideas: Life Cycles and Basic Needs | Season: Fall

Soil Scientists
Grade 4 | Grade 5
Big Ideas: Life Cycles and Living/Non-living | Season: Fall & Spring

Animal Adaptations of Farm, Field & Forest
Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4
Big Idea: Adaptation | Season: Late Fall & Winter

Root to Fruit & Egg to Hen
Kindergarten | Grade 1 | Grade 3 | Grade 4
Big Ideas: Life Cycles and Parts of a Plant | Season: Spring

No Matter the Weather Field Study
Kindergarten | Grade 1 | Grade 2
Big Idea: Weather and the Water Cycle | Season: All seasons

Program Offerings Grades 6-8
Rumi-What? Ruminants & Digestion Field Study
Grade 6 | Grade 7
Big Ideas: Functions & Interactions of Body Systems | Season: Fall & Spring

Life on the Farm – Animal & Plant Reproduction Field Study
Grade 6 | Grade 7
Big Ideas: Successful Reproduction Traits & Behaviors | Season: Spring

Program Offerings for High School Students
Cattle Farming & Climate Change
Big Ideas: Natural Resource Management & Our Changing Climate

Program Offerings for College Students
Sustainable Agriculture, Appleton’s History & Landscape Natural History
3-Hour University Field Study Program

School Partnership Programs

Appleton Farms offers students and teachers to take a deep dive into place-based learning in agriculture, healthy eating, sustainability, life cycles and seasons through year-long, semester visit partnerships with local schools. These programs are designed with the season in mind, and each program builds on the learning established in prior sessions.

Home School & After School Programs

Through outdoor exploration, experiments, nature observation, and guided STEAM activities, Appleton Farms fosters learning in our drop-off Home School and After School programs. Students engage with the world around them and make connections between their academic learning and the natural world. Program content for our drop-off home school and after school programs are designed from our field study curriculum.

Programs for Young Learners

At Appleton Farms, educational experiences begin with our younger learner programs. Our chaperone-child programs introduce children to the farm through hands-on sensory experiences. Through “chores,” songs, stories, games, crafts and exploration young learners are immersed in farm-learning and outdoor exploration.

Education Internships at Appleton Farms

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.

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