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After School Care

Children need what we rarely give them in school - time for 'Messing About.'     -John Holt

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After-school care at Gibsons Farm. It's like Minecraft without the computer. 
When school's out, kids don't want to be told what to do. So many young people just need space to follow their curiosity, build something cool, climb a tree or cuddle a chicken. Farm-based after school care is from 3-5:30pm daily. No screens, no curriculum, just freedom to be kids in an incredible outdoor environment under the guidance of our passionate farmers. Our Farmer Educators are extremely competent outdoor educators who are just as confident leading from behind. We believe kids are capable of so much more than our society gives them credit for.  Risky play, building fires, milking goats, making pizza in a wood oven, and using knives and construction tools are activities we like to provide space for. 

Parents, here's the nitty-gritty..

 

Drop-Off and Pick-up

Children can arrive at the farm between 2:45 and 3:15. There is a school bus drop off at the farm. Whether arriving on their own, by bus, or being dropped off, please let us know how they will be arriving.

What to bring

A backpack with snack, water bottle, and warm layers and rain jacket.  If your child is coming more than one day per week to the farm they may leave a bag onsite with change of clothes, tools, books, etc.

What We Provide

Farm sourced snack foods and a kitchen, pizza ingredients... 

"Risky things" you should know your child might choose to do at the farm (definitely not an exhaustive list, but to give you an idea!)

Chop wood, cook over an open fire with harvested ingredients, handle and be around typical farm livestock, create forts and play in the forest, build things with construction tools, climb trees, be in and around ponds and moving water.

Our Cancelation Policy - sorry no refunds once the program has begun.

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