BOOK A WILD VOICES FOR KIDS PROGRAM!
All programs are now available for booking at the subsidized rates listed.
Teachers who are current CBEEN members may access one complimentary program for their classroom in the school year. Teacher members can redeem their complimentary program with bussing reimbursement up to $250. Up to 200 complimentary programs are available annually to teachers across the Basin on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Agriculture in the Classroom (full-day)
|Bookable Types||Full Day Field Study|
|Location||Location depends on trip. Please contact Karen for details.|
|Contact This Presenteremail@example.com / 250-427-0314|
About the Program
The goal of Agriculture for the Classroom is to make agriculture come alive in the Kootenays, promote healthy food choices and an understanding of what goes on in the production of our food.
Many opportunities are available to classes for field trips, depending on the season, student demographic and interest! Take a trip to a dairy and see how our milk is produced or taste cheeses and milk produced in the East Kootenays. Explore an orchard to find the 'magic pumpkin' (you get to have one of your choice) or visit the fruit and vegetable stand to learn what kinds of produce we grow and what is involved in producing the fruit and vegetables we eat. Help pick raspberries or apples, depending on the time. You get to keep some too!! Visit a greenhouse or a farm to see how vegetables are cared for both outside or in a greenhouse setting. You may get to pick squash or vegetables depending on the season. Visit the vet clinic and see how big and small animals are treated when sick. Take a trip to a cattle ranch, see the dogs working with sheep and perhaps get to feed the sheep, and play with the pygmy goats. See the new calves and other animals, and learn how crops are watered and harvested. These trips can be paired with in class presentations.
About the Community Educator
Karen is a former teacher and now lives on a beef ranch. She raises beef cattle and crops to sell to restaurants, grocery stores and local clientele. She seeks to give children opportunities with agriculture that they may not get through their daily lives.
Please contact Karen by phone at 250-427-0314 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org before booking.
Please note: this is the FULL-DAY version of the program. If you would like to book the HALF-DAY program, please do so HERE.
"We LOVED attending Kootenay Meadows. Fantastic place for students to visit." - Allison Kostiuk
"As a rancher herself, Karen was very attuned to the life-style that she was presenting. She knows how to handle young children and she organized the day well, giving them opportunities to listen, move and eat." - Carolyne Zimich
"She is a retired elementary school teacher with an agriculture background so knew how to interact with children as well as she knew her subject well." - Colleen Bermel
"Karen did a good job booking this trip with Barb at Wloka Orchard." - Michelle Lesage
"Karen was fantastic and an amazing wealth of knowledge. When things didn't go as planned at the Dairy (the owner did not show up to give us a tour) Karen took over and gave the kids a great tour and explanation of how things worked." - Deleen Adams
"It is obvious that she has had lots of experience working with children. I highly recommend her. " - Val Duchscherer
"I found that between Karen (the Wild Voices educator) and Leanne (the owner/tour guide of the farms), they were very knowledgeable and engaging. They provided a lot of hands-on experiences, were patient with the students and were good at recognizing when it was time to move on!" - Stephanie Nault
"Her class management skills are excellent and her knowledge of the subject matter is outstanding. " - Carolyne Zimich
"The dairy farm was a very engaging and fun opportunity. Kids loved checking out the cows, horses, and dogs. They enjoyed seeing how cows check in to the robots for the milking process. They loved the samples of milk and cheese. Great morning!" - Ricki Thomson
"My students really enjoyed the tour. The farmer (unfortunately I have forgotten her name) who led us through her raised beds, her sheep pens and their grazing fields, as well as her cattle pasture and hay fields really gave the students the full picture that farming in our local environment requires space, time and physical labour. It also introduced them to a lifestyle that this farmer loves. " - Patrice Oscienny