Preschoolers on the Farm (PreK)
Bury your hands in sheep wool, throw corn to the chickens, and more! There is so much to discover on the farm; we ask your child the questions and they discover the answers in this fun weekly class just for the preschool set. This is a 3-Part Series class for children and their caretaker, offered periodically throughout the year.
(Program resumes October 2018)
After School Adventures (K - 6th grade)
Hidden Villa's farm and natural environment is always changing! After School Adventures (ASA) inspires children to connect deeply to the outdoors through a full season of rain-or-shine exploration of Hidden Villa. Children spend their afternoons taking hikes through the forest, engaging with our farm animals, observing wild critters, discovering native plants, cultivating their green thumbs, and expressing their creativity and curiosity in a natural setting. Through inquiry-based learning, this program reinforces the Next Generation Science Standards used in most classrooms and feels more like play than instruction. Check out our program poster here and share it with friends!
Thursdays: September 20 - December 6 (11 classes)
Fridays: September 21 - December 7 (11 classes)
Thursdays: February 28 - May 23 (12 classes)
Fridays: March 1 - May 24 (12 classes)
Teen Animal Husbandry Apprenticeships
You are invited to train with Hidden Villa's experienced farm crew to learn sustainable and humane techniques for raising chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, and jersey cows. After a comprehensive introduction to each of our production animals, apprentices will team up to master the care of their favorite animals. All sessions meet on Thursdays from 4-6 pm.
Session 1: November 2 - December 14 (6 weeks); Grades 9-12
Session 2: March 1 - April 5 (6 weeks); Grades 9-12*
Session 3: April 12 - May 17 (6 weeks); Grades 7-9
$375 per session
*Session 2 includes a leadership component. During the final weeks of their program, apprentices will share their knowledge and lead an activity with younger students in our After School Adventures program.
Teen Homesteaders: Winter on the Farm
For youth in grades 7-11
From creating salves to food preservation to candle making, this program invites teens to learn practical skills of farm inspried self-sufficiency. As the days get shorter, this hands-on series teaches participants the creative ways farmers utilize their products during the coldest season. This program is for the DIY teen who is excited to learn how to make quality items from scratch.
Session 1: November13-December 18; OFF November 20 (5 weeks): Tuesdays 4-6 PM
Session 2: January 15-February 12 (5 weeks): Tuesdays 4-6 PM
$375 per session