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COVID-19 Cancellation Policy

Wild Voices programs are cancelled for April 2020 through June 2020 due to full and partial school closures in BC.  In the coming months we will be planning ways for the Wild Voices program to restart in September 2020, including new options for online learning with our Wild Voices programs as a new bookable option for our Wild Voices programming.

For online learning in May and June 2020 we encourage you to check out the Wild Voices Online presentation series!  More information and registration can be found at cbeen.ca/wild-voices-online.


Unbookable Booked 30 time(s)

Agriculture in the Classroom

Bookable Type(s) Half Day Field Study Full Day Field Study
Duration3 Hours
Locationlocal farms
Contact This Presenterberanch@telus.net / 250-427-0314

Please contact Karen by phone at 250-427-0314 or email at beranch@telus.net before booking.

About the Program
The goal of this program 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.

Organization: Kootenay Livestock Association

Title: Agriculture in the Classroom facilitator

Address: Kimberley, BC

Curriculum Links:
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Grade Levels:Intermediate (4-6), Primary (K-3)
School Districts:Independent, SD6, SD5


See 13 testimonials.
"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
"This trip was very hands on and engaging for our class. Karen was an experienced educator that was knowledgeable and approachable." - ami barras
"The students were engaged with many hands-on experiences that were educational and fun. The information was very educational. The presenters were patient and knowledgeable. The variety kept the students interested. I would highly recommend it!" - Jennifer Heath
"This was amazing. My students loved the whole presentation and could not wait to write thank you notes to our presenters." - Anne Bock

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Sorry, bookings are temporarily disallowed while we perform ongoing maintenance. Check back soon!
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