Calypso's NEW seasonal Farm School provides students grades K-6 with in-depth, hands-on learning opportunities on the Farm over the course of the school year.
Now enrolling for Fall 2021 sessions! Space is limited - sign up now to reserve your spot!
Fall Farm School
Late August - Early October
Fall is the perfect time to explore life on the farm! The leaves in the forest are changing color, birds pass through migrating south, and there is still tons of yummy food to harvest from the garden!
Fall Farm School consists of 6, once a week sessions where students will spend the day at Calypso Farm, learning all about life on the farm and the surrounding Boreal forest.
Each session will include science and ecology lessons, outdoor games and exploration, hands-on art projects, and more. Lessons will focus on seasonal changes, natural cycles, and the plants and animals of the farm and forest. Kids will also have lots of opportunities to harvest, cook, and preserve farm veggies! All lessons will be hands-on and adjusted to fit the needs of each age group.
Homeschool Families: Calypso is a current vendor with IDEA and FOCUS Homeschools. We hope to expand soon to make it easier for families homeschooling through other programs.
Thursdays | 9am-12pm
August 26 - September 30
This session will be full of play-based hands-on learning and is geared towards students entering Kindergarten-2nd grade. Students will use their senses to explore the farm and forest, learn about Alaskan animals and their adaptations, and do fun hands-on art and science projects.
Cost: $325 members/$350 non-members*
Fridays | 9am-3pm
August 27 - October 1
This session is geared towards students entering 3rd-6th grade. Through exploration, creative projects, and hands-on experiments, students will explore the ecosystem connections and natural cycles that shape life on the farm and in the boreal forest.
Cost: $500 members/$525 non-members*
Saturdays | 9am-3pm
August 28 - October 2
This session is geared towards any elementary-aged students entering grades K-6. Through hands-on exploration and creative projects kids will learn all about life in the farm and forest. Depending on age-ranges and interest levels of participants, special emphasis may be placed on subjects like cooking and harvesting from the garden, wool crafting, folk crafts and practical skills, and more.
Cost: $500 members/$525 non-members*
FLEXIBLE PICK-UP/DROP-OFF: To cut down on large groups gathering while checking farm school participants in and out, drop off and pickup times will be a 30 minute window before the session begins and after the session ends. For example, if your child's session begins at 9am, drop-off will be between 8:30-9am. If it ends at 3pm, pickup will be between 3-3:30pm.
*MEMBERSHIP: Members receive a discount on Farm School registration while also helping to fuel all of our education programs! You can become a member by making a donation of any amount on the registration page. Click here to learn more about membership.
PAY WHAT YOU CAN: Calypso’s “Pay What You Can” initiative is designed to support our friends and neighbors in need. Farm School registration is available on a Pay What You Can basis, up to 50% off. The funds available for Pay What You Can discounts are limited and it is our hope that those who need it most will be able to benefit. We ask that you keep the broader community in mind and if you’re able to pay in full, please do - your extra dollars will support someone who is unable to.
PAYMENT PLANS: Full payment is due at the time of your registration, however, we do offer payments plans! If you need to pay in installments, please click here to sign up.
COVID-19 INFORMATION: We will continue to practice COVID-19 safety precautions at all of our in-person programming this season, including Farm School. This includes:
- Daily temperature checks of students and parents/guardians at drop-off.
- Practicing social distancing and emphasizing small group activities. Students will spend most of their time in a group of 5-6 other students plus 1-2 staff members.
- Holding all activities outside or in well-ventilated areas (such as under tents).
- Limiting enrollment to 15 students or less, per session.
- Encouraging frequent hand washing or sanitizing by all campers and staff.
- Cleaning and sanitizing camp materials and spaces in between sessions.
- All staff and participants ages 5+ who can safely wear a mask per CDC guidance will be required to wear a face mask during our programs, except during designated breaks and eating times.
Click here for more information on how Calypso is determining risk levels and appropriate mitigation measures. As the COVID-19 pandemic is a continually evolving situation and our highest priority is keeping our community safe, we will do our best to communicate with families to let you know of any changes to our programs or policies. We’re excited to welcome students back on the farm this year and thank you in advance for your understanding!
CANCELLATION POLICY: Despite our best efforts to ensure a safe reopening of the Farm, we know that COVID-19 will continue to impact and challenge us all. If you have strong concerns about the risk to the health and safety of your family, please err on the side of caution and wait until a future session to have your child(ren) attend Farm School.
A $50 non-refundable deposit is included in the cost of registration. For cancellations made at least 30 days prior to the start of Farm School, a full refund will be given, minus the non-refundable deposit.
Should COVID-19 or any other circumstances require you to cancel your registration less than 30 days prior to the start, the following options will be available:
- Farm School Credit: Registration fees can be applied to any future Farm School session in 2022.
- Donation: Registration fees can be turned into a tax-deductible donation and will directly support the development, operation, and sustainability of our education programs.
- Refund: If we are able to fill your child’s spot in the session with another student, we can offer a full refund, minus the non-refundable deposit.
Should Calypso need to cancel a session due to COVID-19 or any other circumstance, registration fees will be refunded in full, including the $50 deposit.