Farm school program

Our nature preschool program runs during the traditional school year.  This program is a drop-off program for children ages 3-6 where we learn about the natural world around us and we interact with and learn about different farm animals and their care.  The focus of this program is self-guided nature discovery and a direct interaction with the natural world.  The program is all outdoors and is loosely based on the waldkindergarten programs in northern Europe.  A typical day will start with care of the animals, then we head into the forest to build, learn and play.  We will build things using natural materials, learn about the local flora and fauna, watch the land change as the seasons progress and most importantly we will have the freedom to learn in an outdoor setting. We believe in child lead learning and emergent curriculum, where you build off what the children have learned during the program.

There are two different options available for Farm School Registration.  We have a M, W, F option or you can choose a two day option.  You can choose either option as long as there is space still available.  The program will be offered from 9:00a-12:30p.  Session starts August 20.  Date are below.

September - 4 through 30

October - 2 through 30

November - 1 through 25

December - 2 through 13

Registration is per month and the cost is $200 per month for M, W, F sessions and $160 per month for two day sessions.  Payment must be made prior to the session starting.  Any months where we have only scheduled for two weeks in a month (December) will be half the cost of a regular session.  Staff ratio of 1 to 6. 

If you would like to register your child please click on the Farm School Registration page under Programs.  For more detailed information on this program please email us at or call 828-384-3003. 

Chris Shepard has taught my children for years while they were being homeschooled and after they entered the public school world. I’ve trusted him to take them canoeing, hike for a week in the mountains, go on daily hikes along the river and teach them about wild edibles. My children always came home exhausted, dirty and full of all the wonderful things they had done. One of the saddest days for me was when I learned that Chris was moving out of the area. We miss him every school break and summer!
-Samantha Gasson-Stirrup