At The Vermont Farm and Forest School we value foundations built with deep connections to the natural world, in order to recognize our human impact on the earth. We believe people need the tools to connect to oneself, one another, and the natural world. We aim to provide experiences immersed in the web of life, making visible our interdependence and practicing stewardship of the land.
Why is being outside important?
Studies show being outside in nature builds confidence, teaches responsibility, promotes creativity and imagination, reduces stress and fatigue, and gets people moving.
Summer Camp 2019
June 24-28 Farm Week – Half Day
3-7 years old – Using our imaginations we will become farmers in both the field and forest of Drift Farmstead. We will find out what life is like for different farm animals, exploring what they eat and what their homes are like. Farm campers will also tend the vegetables, taste, explore and have lot’s of creative time in the forest.
July 8-12 Survival Adventures I
5-11 yr olds: Campers will explore the woods through free play, structured games, and activities. Imagine you lived in the woods. How would you stay warm and safe at night? What would you eat and drink? Create your own shelters, traps, and learn how to find your way out of the wilderness. Campers will be given scenarios throughout the week to practice their skills.
July 15-19 Global Adventures
5-11 Year Olds: Campers will explore the farm through a global eye. We will investigate many parts of the world through farm, food and craft activities.
July 22-July 26 Animals – Half Day
3-7 Year Olds: Campers will explore the farm through animal eyes. Exploration will include both wildlife and farm life.
August 5 – 19 Farm & Cooking
5-11 Year Olds: Campers will have creative and delicious fun with garden harvest, tasting new foods and preparing meals with the farm’s new masonry outdoor pizza oven!
August 12 – 16 Survival Adventures II
5-11 Year Olds: No need to have attended the first week, but if you do, this week will build upon skills. For new comers skills will be taught.
Mentor In Training (MIT) Each Camp Week
12 + Year Olds: Students learn the importance of Mentorship. They are trained and develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime.
SUMMER CAMP DETAILS:
Please provide your own healthy snack and lunch for full day. The pre-school session is 8:30-11:30 and is sliding scale fee $120-150 per week.
Full day camp is 8:30-3:00pm and is sliding scale fee $225-$300/week.
Mentor In Training 8:00-3:30 $100/week. Plus one half day of training prior to camp season, date TBD.
After and before care is available upon request.
To register via mail, click here: VTFFS Summer Camp Application
To register via email, click here: VTFFS Digital Summer Camp Application
Farm and Forest School Year 2018-2019:
The Vermont Farm and Forest School follows the flow of the seasons. We begin in the fall, when students harvest, process, and prepare food using simple tools and techniques. Moving through the seasons students will learn the basics of primitive skills: how to build and sustain a fire, how to make a shelter, how to use a knife, and how to navigate. With the spring, we welcome new life through planting. These experiences will empower students to be self motivated, resilient, and independent thinkers. Opportunities for leadership and collaboration are interwoven throughout the program.
** Now Available: Mid-Term Enrollment
February 1 – May 31 (except March 1 and April 19).
$850- $950 full day
Age Group: PK-6th grade (4-12 year olds)
Fridays: September 7 – December 14 (except Nov. 23) and February 1 – May 31 (except March 1 and April 19). 30 sessions total
8:30-3 pm. (after/before care available upon request)
Price: sliding scale $1,500-$1,650
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vermont Farm and Forest School Educators
Misse Axelrod, Farmer/Owner and School Co-Founder: Misse is a farm and food educator with 20 years of experience in sustainable agriculture and educating wondrous minds. Misse values community growth both in the natural and human world. Digging in the dirt, building strong relationships and growing strong minds is the utmost enjoyment for Misse. When not on the farm you can find Misse with her family hiking, biking, traveling, swimming and dreaming of more resilient communities and minds. Misse has a B.A. in Sustainable Agriculture through Community Food Systems from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.
Lisa Frost, School Co-Founder/Educator: As a child Lisa played in the woods often, imagining that she was lost and needed to survive until she could find civilization. In Lisa’s interactive play she built shelters to survive the night, made fires to cook whatever rations she had, hunted animals, and found water. Today, Lisa aspires to lead a self-sufficient lifestyle, akin in some respect to her childhood games. As an educator Lisa seeks to guide children on their own path of curiosity and investigation. She has a BA in Environmental Science from Willamette University and a Masters of Education from Antioch University in Keene, NH.