At Cedar Dell Forest Farm we work to create access for all to experience the natural world. Unless otherwise stated, classes and workshops are led by Cedar Dell's resident educator, Casey Newman. (View her bio here.) We meet students at their level and help them build connections to the local ecology. Together, we will explore the natural areas of Cedar Dell Forest Farm as well as the adjacent Metro-owned forest. We have a beautiful Nature Classroom for art projects, story times, and warming up on chilly days. Through engaging, experiential programs, children will increase ecological literacy and build curiosity and wonderment for the earth they inhabit. Cedar Dell's youth programs include:
Single Day Programs:
Single day programs are held on school holidays and in-service days. Students will spend time outdoors wherever they are, gathering natural materials for projects, exploring, observing animals and playing games. We will tell stories and legends of the history of this city, examine rocks and bird nests, go on scavenger hunts, garden, create nature-inspired art and more!
After School Classes:
Casey is available to teach nature art classes or workshops at your school! Using a variety of natural materials, students will use the inspiration of the earth around them to create works of art. Classes may include nature journaling, printmaking, weaving, painting, collage, creating and using natural dyes and inks and even making temporary works of art using the earth as a canvas.
School Break Camps:
Longer school breaks such as spring and winter breaks are perfect opportunities for children to be immersed in nature! During these breaks single-day programs will be offered along with discounts for signing your child(ren) up for multiple days.
Summer gives campers the opportunity to become immersed in Cedar Dell Forest Farm during week-long day camps. From survival skills to taking care of farm animals, these camps take full advantage of our unique mixture of wild space and farmland. Campers will come away from their week here with a heightened sense of wonderment and appreciation for the natural world as well as new friends and memories to last them all year.
Are you interested in having a unique nature program curated just for your class, homeschool co-op, scouts or other group?
From an hour-long classroom art project to a full-day field trip, your program can be held at your school, home, meeting place or a local natural area. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: forest ecology, watershed health, insects, animal adaptations, ethnobotany, nature journaling, nature art, plant-dyes, fiber arts, and more. Have a unique idea? I'd love to hear from you! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org