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.
Register now for Fall 2022!
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
All groups will meet on the Farm once per week beginning the week of August 25th through the week of September 30th. Specific meeting days/times are listed below each session.
Please note that there have been some adjustments from our pilot year in 2021!
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: 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.
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. Maximum enrollment varies per session but never goes over 21 students, and 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.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Despite our best efforts to ensure a safe season, 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.
A $30 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 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 date, the following options will be available:
- Refund: If we are able to fill your child’s spot 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 individual days of a session due to COVID-19, weather, or any other circumstance, a partial refund will be given for that cancelled day.
COVID-19 INFORMATION: We know that COVID-19 will continue to impact our communities this season. We will continue to monitor the situation in Fairbanks and make final decisions regarding safety measures closer to specific session dates, however, our current policy is as follows:
Masking is required in all indoor spaces, such as the animal barn and greenhouse. Outdoor masking is generally not required, however: in order to keep our programs accessible to all, especially those who are immunocompromised, we will require masks outdoors if warranted based on the needs of the group.
We will do our best to communicate with families to let you know of any changes to our programs or policies. Thank you in advance for your understanding!
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. In 2021, early snows caused unsafe road conditions and forced us to cancel our last week of Farm School. In 2022, we hope to be able to make contingency plans in case this were to happen again - including make-up sessions, possibly meeting in town, etc. See our cancellation policy for info on weather related-cancellations.