Wright-Locke Farm’s youth education programs offer children a unique, hands-on experience learning about farming and the natural world on our historic working farm. Our programs go beyond just teaching about the farm—for each child, we aim to inspire curiosity about the natural world, foster a sense of comfort in the outdoors, and develop a sense of respect for living things. All of our programs include lessons and activities related to agriculture and the environment using our fields, pastures, barns, woods, and farm animals as a living classroom. Specific subjects include Wright-Locke farm animals (goats, chickens, honey bees), farm operations, outdoor exploration, and plant growth. Each day, we begin with our “chores”, caring for the chickens and harvesting whatever crop is in season for our farm snack. We currently offer season-inspired youth programs during the spring, summer, and fall months.
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.
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. Cancellation within the two weeks prior to the program start date will be given a 50% refund if the child’s spot cannot be filled. (If the spot can be filled, a full refund minus the $10 administrative fee will be given.)
- 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.
This Winter, we are offering a variety of opportunities for your homeschooler to continue their education through farm programs!
Starting in January, we will host a 4-part series using STEM to understand and practice four key aspects of survival: fire building, food and water, navigation, and shelter. Each session meets Wednesday morning from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, running January 15 – February 5. Cost: $40 each or $150 for all four.
Click here for a full description of the homeschool program offerings, including learning outcomes for each workshop.
Click on the links below to register:
Schedule a program with us for your homeschool group! In addition to the Survival Skills program series, we also offer a variety of homeschool programs that can be scheduled according to your availability. Click here to view the program offerings and their learning outcomes.
To schedule a homeschool program with us, please email FarmEd@wlfarm.org.
Goat Walk? (Yes, this is real!) Just like dogs, goats like their walks, too! Join us for a series of winter walks with our goats in the adjacent woods. On the walks, you’ll have the opportunity to pet the goats and walk alongside them as they search for food! After our walk of about an hour, we will warm up with hot chocolate in the Farm Stand! This family event is great for all participants over the age of 5. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. $7 per person.
School Vacation Programs
Join us for a three-day education program here at the farm over February Vacation! During the course of the program, we will explore various aspects of the farm and surrounding woods and how they change seasonally. The 3rd – 5th grade group will also explore basic survival skills for New England winters! This program runs 2/18 – 2/20. Cost: $150
Join us for a five-day education program here at the farm over April Vacation! During the course of the program, we will explore the farm and adjacent natural spaces to learn about agriculture and the environment. These programs run 4/20 – 4/24. Cost: $250