Blog : Prescott Farm Instills Love of Nature in Budding Green Citizens
It's easy to get stuck inside in the winter and forget about all the great ways we can engage with nature sustainably. But you don't have to let it happen to your kids—or to you. Prescott Farm, a business partner of the Green Alliance, has many exciting events planned for the rest of the winter to get your family outdoors and loving it.
Prescott's WildQuest Winter Camp plants the seeds of green thinking by educating and inspiring kids about nature in a non-competitive, community-minded environment. Most of the day is spent immersed in nature, learning about local plants and animals and various sustainable ways that we can enjoy our environment. Not just facts, but hands-on, experiential learning activities foster a life-long love of the natural world, which gives kids an impetus to live green into adulthood.
Office and communications manager Kimberly Drouin says it's not hard getting kids excited about the outdoors. “The kids that come here usually already enjoy nature and outdoor activities, but if the interest wasn't there before, they certainly gain it here.”
Prescott Farm's WildQuest Winter Camp will run from February 27th through March 2nd, 9am till 3pm. But if the WildQuest camp doesn't fit your schedule, Prescott Farm has other exciting programming planned for the next few months. On the docket for Janruary 9th is an exciting full moon snowshoe hike that will include constellation identification and discussion of the nocturnal habits of animals.
“Since we're really community focused, we don't just educate kids—we have programs for people of all ages,” says Kimberly, who encourages adults to check out the moonlit snowshoe hike and other workshops at Prescott Farm.
Also coming up is Prescott Farm's 2nd Annual Winter Fest on February 18th from 11am to 3pm. Activities will include sleigh rides, face painting, crafts, sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, a snow sculpture contest, and s'mores and a bonfire to wrap up the day. “Our first annual Winter Fest in February 2011 brought over 250 people to our beautiful hillside to enjoy a variety of family-oriented activities, and we look forward to a large turn-out at our 2nd Annual Winter Fest as well!” says Kimberly.
When you visit Prescott Farm, be sure to check out their educational center. This aptly named “Green Building” incorporates an impressive array of sustainability features, like worm composting bins, an extensive recycling program, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and a solar PV electric system. “There are posts all around the building highlighting its various green features, so you can learn a lot about sustainability just by walking through the building,” says Kimberly.
Prescott Farm's many sustainability features along with its tireless efforts in environmental education make it an exemplary business partner of the Green Alliance, a green business union and green consumers’ co-op. The Green Alliance strives to connect green-minded people with businesses that share their values, and to inform the local community about issues of sustainability. “Prescott Farm is a hidden gem,” says Kimberly. “People mostly find out about us through word of mouth. The Green Alliance has definitely helped get the word out.”
With its myriad learning opportunities for people of all ages and its impressive array of sustainability features, Prescott Farm is the perfect place to learn more about both sustainability and the environment. Don't sit around waiting for warm weather—get out and enjoy nature with green activities!
Learn more about Prescott Farm's sustainability efforts here!