Leading Empowered Action on Farm and Forest, L.E.A.F.F is an innovative year-round outdoor education program at Snipes Farm and Education Center (SFEC) launched in January of 2021. The foundation of L.E.A.F.F initially came through 7 months of development of the Backyard Brent program based in NJ county and state parks by Brent Deisher, a veteran science and outdoor educator of more than 25 years.Brent is now Director of Curriculum and Program Development for SFEC. L.E.A.F.F combines the wisdom of outdoor/environmental and STEM education with farm/garden and nutrition education to provide a powerful hands-on learning experience on a working farm.
At Snipes Farm, the seasons on the farm pose questions and challenges that drive the learning. Each day begins a new adventure as we go on exploratory hikes, play games in nature, visit and care for the animals, learn where our food comes from, learn stewardship of the land, and new skills that build upon one another.
Children ages 6-14 will have wonderful opportunities to fine tune both their fine motor and gross motor movements at the farm, all of which are foundational to the development of all other skills and learning. All of the activities will be woven together in an interdisciplinary manner engaging the students with writing for real purposes, reading literature connected to the themes, and engaging them in hands-on science and engineering projects. Learning takes place in the outdoors all year long.
- Exploratory hikes
- Play games in nature
- Visit and care for the animals
- Learn where our food comes from
- Learn new outdoor skills and
- Engage in hands-on science and engineering projects.
Please sign up below for your choice of classes and dates:
Thursday, January 21, and 28 10-2 Farm Life in Winter The students will learn first hand what farm life is like in the winter. We may engage in hands-on craft making as farm families did many years ago. In addition, the students will learn to care for the animals and collect eggs. We will develop our math skills as we carefully plan the garden. We will have plenty of time for nature games and hikes too!
Friday, January 22 and 29 Outdoor Cooking The students will cook with fresh or storage crops and culinary herbs that are grown on the farm. We might learn to build a fire and cook over it or work with a variety of cooking techniques. We will fine tune our math skills as we measure amounts of each ingredient. Please bring your own plate, fork, and spoon to practice sustainable behavior. As always, we will have plenty of time for nature games, hikes, and visiting the animals!
Classes are $40 per child per session.
This program is geared for children being homeschooled or in remote learning. We will however add more options in the near future.
It is required that everyone wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines. We strive to help children understand and observe these guidelines. Please bring clothing that is appropriate for the weather, snack, lunch, and water. Classes take place outside, rain or shine.
We will meet in front of the Big Red Barn in the parking lot. First timers please come early to fill out paperwork!
Contact Michele Mullaney, Education Registrar with any questions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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