virtual youth learning

Virtual Youth Learning

Check out who and what is growing at 21 Acres. Dig deep into what makes a resilient food system and how we can steward our soil and our planet. Be sure to check out our resources for parents, guardians, and budding teachers.

In response to COVID-19 and exciting pivots in our organization’s structure and programs, we are pausing all our youth programs. While this was a very hard decision, we are confident it will allow us to better focus our programming and resources. We will not be hosting field trips this fall (virtual or on campus). Instead, please explore this page and use our pre-recorded Virtual Farm Field Trips and link to farm-based education resources in your classrooms and at home.  

Featured Farm Field Trip: Pollinators

In these Virtual Farm Field Trips, join us as we explore 21 Acres using science, story, and song. Each episode has a different theme–great for curious youth of all ages!

 

What’s Pollination Again? Let’s explore what pollination looks like on the farm and meet several (thousand) extraordinary pollinators up close. 

 

Read Aloud: Bea’s Bees Join us as we read “Bea’s Bees” by local author Katherine Pryor. Published by Schiffer Publishing, 2019.

 

Apiary Exploration: Queen Hunt! Nan, our apiary manager, takes us on an good old fashioned queen (bee) hunt inside the hive!

 

Native Pollinators in the Hedgerow Jess is back! This time, our native ecosystem enthusiast shows us around a pollinator hedgerow.

Virtual Farm Field Trip: Soil

IS SOIL ALIVE? We’re talking about soil! Click to get started.

 

WHAT’S IN OUR COMPOST? Explore the 21 Acres compost piles! 

 

READ ALOUD: DIARY OF A WORM Join us as we read this garden favorite by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. 

 

BUILDING WORM BINS How do we take care of our worms? Special guest Chris shows us how to build worm bins. 

 

SING TO THE WORMS! Everyone can sing & worms need love too.

Virtual Farm Field Trip: Restoration

Introduction to Restoration What is Restoration? Why are we restoring 5 acres of Wetlands at 21 Acres? Join us on this virtual farm field trip.

 

Peek into the Native Nursery What’s growing in the restoration nursery? Learn from our very own expert Jess Chandler.

 

Read Aloud Over and Under the Pond Listen and learn along as Emily reads aloud from “Over and Under the Pond” by Kate Messner.

 

Make Your Own Binoculars! Everyone can be a scientist! Hone in your observational skills by creating your own binoculars from objects around you.

 

Wetland Walk Join Emily, Jess and a surprise coyote friend as they explore a restored wetland space at the farm.

Virtual Farm Field Trip: Food Systems

Food Systems: An Intro How are we connected to what we eat?

 

A Plant’s Journey Ever wonder how a plant gets from the greenhouse to the field? Watch this timelapse to find out!

 

Farm Market Visit Visit Caroline in the 21 Acres Market to learn about how we help feed our community.

 

Track Your Meal! Join in this interactive food mapping activity to trace a hamburger from a farm to your plate.

 

Read Aloud The Story of Food “Before We Eat: From Farm To Table.”

Virtual Farm Field Trip: Seeds!

Seeds! An Introduction We’re going to learn about seeds in the 21 Acres Education Garden!

 

Let’s plant a garden bed! What’s the “secret of the seed” you need to know when planting? Find out in this planting demo!

 

What’s happening in the greenhouse? Take a tour of the 21 Acres greenhouse and see what’s growing there.

 

A Seed is Sleepy Read Aloud Enjoy one of our favorite books about how different seeds can be!

 

Garden Sing-a-long Join Emily in a garden song favorite!

 

What happened to the radishes? Hornridge Elementary School in Horn Lake, Mississippi asked us how the radishes were doing! Check in with the radish update.