Summer is coming, and this week the Wardensville Garden Market has announced several events related to their big summer kick-off. Education is a major cornerstone for the nonprofit, youth-powered farm and bakery, and this summer, the Outdoor Classroom will take center stage with many exciting events, many of which are open to the public. Educational programming at the farm serves approximately forty local area youth, from middle school to college, as well as the general public. There’s something for everyone this summer at the Wardensville Garden Market.
Outdoor Classroom, Middle School Camp and Smithsonian
On Tuesday, June 13, wildlife biologists from the prestigious Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute will visit the farm for opening day of the summer-long middle school STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math) camp and Outdoor Classroom series. Dr. Tom Akre of the Smithsonian and his field team will speak with the middle schoolers and farm assistants about careers in conservation, wood turtles in the Cacapon River and the importance of science education.
“We are thrilled to have these distinguished scientists on the farm to help ignite a love of science and conservation in our local youth,” said Vicki Johnson, director of Partnerships and Development. “The Smithsonian is without comparison in educational programming. We have amazing guest teachers working with our campers and farm assistants all summer, from many disciplines and subject areas.”
[private] Camp Director Michelle Holstein said parental response has been “overwhelmingly positive, and the campers look forward to the end of summer field trip and tour of the SCBI Front Royal campus.”
There will be a public portion of the June 13 Smithsonian event at the farmhouse, beginning at 11 am.
On Saturday, June 10 at 3 p.m, the Wardensville Garden Market is hosting the first of its classes scheduled for the summer. Mountain View Solar will host a Solar Home and Power demonstration.
This event is free and open to the public.
Down on the Farm Cultural Series
On June 2, the Wardensville Garden Market, in partnership with the Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust and the Wardensville Main Street Initiative launched their year-long cultural series –DOWN ON THE FARM.
The series looks at our local area through the lens of wildlife biology, natural history, music, storytelling and history. Speakers include award-winning storyteller Adam Booth, local history author Gary Mason, musicians Gravel Quire, Buddy and Jack Dunlap, and the Fly Birds. All events are to free and open to the public on Friday nights at 5:30 p.m. Event dates are Aug. 4, Sept. 29 and Oct. 13. Visit the Wardensville Garden Market website for more specific details. [/private]