Hands On Learning
On the Farm
The orchards and fields of the Western Colorado Research Center lend themselves to use as an outdoor classroom for hands-on learning in food production, life sciences, healthy eating, and civic service. We host schools and organizations in the spring, when students plant in our greenhouse and fields. In the summer and fall students harvest and taste fresh fruits and vegetables. The produce is donated to area food banks and given to their school cafeteria in partnership with SD51 Nutrition Services.
We partner with the EUREKA Science Museum to provide day camps in agriculture and cooking.
In the classroom
We can provide more context to the field trip by visiting your classroom prior to or after your visit to the farm. We have been guest speakers regarding food, agriculture/school gardens, and nutrition. We have partnered with many schools in providing real-life application of students’ problem-based learning (PBL) projects. Contact us for more information.