Youth Program Schedules
Wright-Locke Farm’s youth education programs offer children a unique, hands-on experience learning about farming and the natural world on a historic working farm. All of our programs include lessons and activities related to agriculture, the environment, or natural science while utilizing the fields, pastures, barns, and wooded trails as our living classroom. Specific subject focuses include soil, compost, worms, plants, Wright-Locke farm animals (goats, chickens, honey bees), land conservation, farm history, select wildlife (plants, animals, insects, fungi), and more. Daily activities include visiting or caring for our farm animals, cooking healthy and seasonal dishes to try, tending our two youth gardens, and free choice time to partake in games, arts and crafts, and more. We currently offer season-inspired youth programs during the spring, summer, and fall months.
Instructions for Youth Program Registration
1. Log into, or create, your account via WLFarm.org. It’s quick and easy! We just need some basic information about yourself.
Special note: Have you made a qualifying donation this year? If so, be sure to use the EXACT same first name, last name, and email address you used to make your online donation so that your donation and new account are automatically connected. If you’d like to change any of these pieces of information, you may do so by logging into your account.
2. Create a child profile for each child you wish to register. Similar to creating an account, you must provide some basic information about your child(ren) in order to register them for programs. You may edit this information at any time by logging into your account.
3. Prior to registering for a program, please be sure to read our Youth Program Terms below for information on our payment and refund policy, photo and video policy, and liability statement.
*Please note that payment for a program is due at least 2 weeks prior to a program’s start date in order to guarantee your child’s spot in a program.
We strongly recommend having one internet browser tab open to this page (with program details) and another tab open to log into your account and do the following:
- Choose a specific program (i.e. “Monday Spring After School Program”) from the drop-down menu on the Event Registration page.
- Select the profile of the child you wish to register for this program–you’ll be given the option to pay immediately by credit card or to pay later; we recommend opting to “pay later” if signing up for multiple programs or children so that you may pay for all programs with one credit card transaction on the Make Payment page (one check payment can also be mailed in lieu of credit card payment).
- To sign up your child for another program or to register multiple children for the same program, you will repeat this step.
Did a program of interest sell out?
If a program sells out, we have a wait list available–just contact our Education Director to let us know which program(s) you are interested in having your child attend. Many wait list families end up receiving notice about openings, you just never know when it will be (spring – summer). We notify wait list families in a chronological order as soon as a spot becomes available.
Contact our Education Director with any questions.
• New Fall Homeschool Program
October/November 2018 – 4 Sessions, for ages 6-9
Themes: “Navigation” and “Preparing for Winter”
Navigation: “The process or activity of accurately ascertaining one’s position and planning and following a route.” Participants will learn about the importance of mapping and navigating as it pertains to farm planning, animal migration, and outdoor exploration.
Preparing for Winter: Which wild animals and plants brave the harsh New England winters and how do they do it? And what about the farm? What must farmers do to be sure the fields and animals can endure the winter months? We’ll look at survival mechanisms and techniques, adaptations, and innovations!
Each session will include:
-helping with farm chores such as caring for the animals and gardens;
-themed crafts, lessons, projects and games;
-and a healthy, farm-made snack.
Dates: Thursday, October 25th; Tuesday, October 30th; Monday, November 5th; Thursday, November 15th
Cost: $150 for all 4 sessions; $45 per individual session
Registration is required! For more information or to register, email: FarmEd@wlfarm.org.
• Fall After School Programs
Six-week programs (meet one day per week, for an hour and a half) for kids in grades K – 6.
*Programs run from 3:30 pm – 5 pm. Cost is $160.
|For kids in grades K – 2:||For kids in grades 3 – 4:|
|Monday Fall After School Program (Sept. 17 – Oct 29 with no session 10/8)||Thursday Fall After School Program (Sept. 20 – Oct. 25)|
|Tuesday Fall After School Program (Sept. 18 – Oct 23)||For kids in grades 5 – 6:|
|Wednesday Fall After School Program (Sept. 19 – Oct. 24)||Thursday Fall After School Program (Sept. 20 – Oct. 25)|
• Fall Preschool Program
Six-week, Friday morning program (3 hours each week) for preschoolers ages 4 – 5.
*Program runs from 9 am – 12 pm. Cost is $250.
|Fall Preschool Program (Sept. 14 – Oct. 19)|
• Fall Farm Sprouts Program
One and a half hour tours of the farm for kids ages 2 – 3 with a parent or caretaker.
*Program runs from 10 am – 11:30am. Cost is $15 per child.
Payment & Refund Policy:
- Online payments can be made via the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover
- Payment for a youth program, made by credit card, check, money order, or cash, must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the program’s start date. Failure to comply may result in the loss of your child’s spot in the program for which payment is owed.
- Tuition refunds are guaranteed up to 2 weeks prior to the start date of a program minus a $10 administrative fee.
- There will be no tuition refunds for cancellations made after a program has begun.
- No full or partial tuition refund or credit will be given for a child’s failure to attend any part of a program for which they are registered.
- A full tuition refund will be given in the event Wright-Locke Farm cancels a program.
Photo & Video Policy:
- The Conservancy may take photos and digital video footage of activities throughout the educational program season for record keeping and publicity purposes. Participant names are never used in connection with these photos or videos.
Liability Statement (Permission for the Conservancy to handle emergencies):
- I realize injuries can occur from participation in Farm programs. I hereby waive, release, absolve, indemnify, and agree to hold harmless the Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy, Inc., their Board of Directors, instructors, or assignees, and the Town of Winchester from any claim arising out of injury to my child or myself. Should my child be taken to the hospital for emergency purposes, I hereby grant permission to the attending physician and staff to administer anesthesia, medical, X-ray, and surgical procedures as may be deemed necessary or advisable. I understand that every attempt will be made to contact me in an emergency.