WATER STEWARDS Field Trips

Bring your group to visit our

Regenerative Systems for Forests, Gardens, Orchards & Ponds

In May, Allendale Columbia school brought 27 students for a custom field trip to see and learn about phase one of our Water Stewards demonstration site and systems. They were fascinated and fully engaged, even in the rain!

In July and August, we customized 1/2 day weekly programming for Camp Whitman's youth group field trips to the farm. The campers were captivated by the hands-on exploration and crafting during the sessions: "Nature Adventures " and "Our Watershed Connection". Fun times during the rain and heat!

In September, we hosted the Rochester Area Homeschool Nature Explorer's Group of 24 children, ages 3-11, and 9 adults. The students had fun with a variety of educational activities in the garden, orchard and food forest as we explored: "What is Nature Teaching Us? We enjoyed being outdoors with so many happy, smiling young folks who didn't want to leave! They excitedly took home their harvest of apples, pears and zucchini, nature-inspired learning and forest plant mud art prints. 

In October, we customized an outdoor farm and orchard learning experience for Bloomfield School's field trip, grades 6-9. The 14 eco-students picked and tasted herbs and fruits and learned how to use them; examined and gathered tree, herb, flower and food seeds, learned how to plant them and took their seeds home to dry for next spring's planting; learned earth-working on contour, carved a beautiful curving raised garden with its water catchment and used wood chips for soil building and micro-organism health. These excited and energetic students were filled full of new experiences and knowledge that they can use for a lifetime and anywhere in the world.

Let’s Plan an Exciting Program

for Your Group! 

 

What are your

topic, age and schedule needs?

Contact

Program Manager, Kay Megorden-Staten

kay@eco1x1.com

585-733-9621

Facilities

Join us at our

  • Indoor Meeting Spaces

  • Outdoor Demonstrations Sites

  • Outdoor Laboratories of Fields, Ponds, Gardens, Orchard, Marsh, Creeks, Waterfall, Forest

all at

Shimmering Light Farm

Naples, NY

Water Stewards Offers

Interactive Experiences and

Customized Nature Programs

Just for Your Group!

We weave in knowledge, demonstrations and crafting of natural, sustainable practices that generate, store and use life-giving water. Our interactive curriculum uses practices and principles in conservation, ecology, permaculture and regenerative design that have been successfully used around the world. 

Customize Your Topic

Let us know what topics your group may be interested in exploring. Content, methods and activities are customized for all ages.

 

Some potential highlights might be:

  • What is Nature Teaching Us?

  • Establishing Your Food Forest

  • My Watershed

  • Nature Adventures

  • Patterns in Nature

  • Fields to Forests

  • Nature-Inspired Gardens

  • Nature-Inspired Orchards

  • Nature-Inspired Ponds

  • Nature-Inspired Regenerative Systems

  • Eco-System & Me

  • Plants & Processes for Food & Wellness

  • Natural Resources, Uses & Cycles

  • My Longitude/Latitude Neighbors

  • Reading the Landscape

  • Nature-Inspired Land Use

  • Permaculture at Home

  • Nature-Inspired Farming

  • And many more!

Back Story

When our farm well ran dry in the drought of 2016, we could see the wide-spread implications and the global need to teach young people and the community to work with water, nature and landscapes in more regenerative ways. We received a 3-year nature and art grant for a community youth education program called Water Stewards.

 

For 1.5 years, we have been working with youth on our Water Stewards project, developing a regenerative water system at our farm which can also be a model and demonstration site for other local farms.

 

In July, 2018, we experienced extreme heat and no rain for 4 consecutive weeks. We can happily report that our nature-inspired water and garden systems (raised bed swales on contour) have yielded robust crops. We have not needed to water the crops, not even during the periods of no rain and extreme heat.

Those participating have been excited to learn and see immediate results. Our site models have been inspirational as everyone has share stories of how they applied lessons in their own farms, yards and gardens.

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Shimmering Light

6143 Hicks Road

Naples, New York 14512

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