Calypso's 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.
Registration for Fall 2023 coming soon!
Fall Farm School:
Late August - September
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.
For Homeschool Families: To sign up using your homeschool allotment, you have two options:
1.) Pay out-of-pocket and then submit your receipt to your homeschool for reimbursement.
2.) If Calypso is a vendor with your homeschool, you can sign up with no up-front cost today and have your homeschool pay us directly. Calypso is a current vendor with IDEA, BEST, FOCUS, Raven, and CyberLynx Homeschools.
Follow the prompts on the registration page to guide you through the process, no matter which option you choose!
Questions about Farm School?
Contact us at email@example.com or call the Calypso office at 907-451-0691
Below is the session information from 2022.
Registration is coming soon for Fall 2023 sessions!
August 25 - September 29, 2022
Thursdays | 9am-2pm
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. Students will also harvest and cook a snack from the garden each week!
Cost: $450 members/$475 non-members*
August 26 - September 30, 2022
Fridays | 9am-3pm
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. Students will also harvest and cook a snack from the garden each week!
Cost: $500 members/$525 non-members*
Saturday, August 27th, 2022
Join us for a day of skill building on the farm! Youth will participate in activities such as woodcarving, fire building and outdoor cooking. They’ll carve a handmade spatula to cook with, harvest their own veggies from the garden, and cook over a fire they’ll build themselves!
Cost: $80 members/$100 non-members*
FLEXIBLE PICK-UP/DROP-OFF: 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.
SMALL GROUP SIZES: To encourage individualized learning, inclusivity, and an overall better Farm School experience, it's important to us to keep group sizes small. Kids will spend most of their time in a group of 6-8 other students, plus 1-2 staff members.
*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. If you need to pay in installments, please contact us before registering to set up a payment plan. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-451-0691.
COVID-19 INFORMATION: In order to keep our programs accessible to all, especially those who are immunocompromised, we will continue to monitor the situation in Fairbanks and make final decisions regarding Covid-19 safety measures closer to specific program dates. We are not currently requiring masks on the farm, however, we may require masks in indoor spaces if warranted.
Our highest priority is keeping our community safe and we will communicate with families throughout the season to let you know of any changes to our programs or policies.
FARM SCHOOL CANCELLATION POLICY:
A $30 non-refundable deposit is included in the cost of all sessions. For cancellations made at least 30 days prior to the start of your session, a refund will be given, minus the non-refundable deposit.
Should any circumstance require you to cancel your registration less than 30 days prior to the start of the session, the following options will be available:
- 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.
- Donation: Registration fees can be turned into a tax-deductible donation and will directly support the development, operation, and sustainability of our education programs.
Should Calypso need to cancel a session for any reason, registration fees will be refunded in full, including the $30 deposit.
*A NOTE ABOUT WEATHER* We know that fall weather in Fairbanks can be variable. We do our best to meet in all weather, including rain, snow, or shine, while also keeping everyone’s safety in mind.