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Homeschool on the Farm

We offer a seasonal outdoor program: some dates are more farm-based, and some are more wilderness-based. Our programs balance interactive instruction observation, and play. Drop off your kids, or stay and learn.

  • Ages 5-12
  • $35/student
  • Each program starts 10am and ends at 3pm. 
  • Registration deadline is the Monday prior to the program date. Space is limited. Walk-ins may be refused, please reach out if you aren’t sure if spaces are still available after trying to register.
  • Our program is designed for students ages 5-12, an adult family member can attend with their student. Below is more information about this, please reach out to lane.underdahl@ymcamn.org if you would like to add an adult family member and/or a sibling under 5 to your student’s registration.
    • $15/adult—includes program and lunch
    • Siblings under 5 can come for free ONLY with an accompanying (paid) adult
    • Siblings under 5 MUST be registered with an accompanying (paid) adult guardian to stay and supervise them.
    • Note that the homeschool program is designed for youth ages 5-12, and the 0-5 option is for younger siblings to attend with their supervising adult/guardian, not because the program is catered to this age group.
  • Each program starts 10am and ends at 3pm. 
  • Registration deadline is one week prior to the program date. Space is limited. Walk-ins may be refused.

Contact Lane Underdahl for more information.

View all Camp St. Croix homeschool dates.

Read more about this unique outdoor program:

NEW THIS YEAR: Fall & Spring Series

Come to Camp St. Croix and spend the day on the farm! Through this new Agricultural Education program offering at The Farm at Camp St. Croix, students will experience first-hand the day-to-day operations of a working farm. This progressive series teaches students info that builds with each session—providing a cumulative education that changes with the season. Sign up for one or all of the sessions in this series!

Students will have the opportunity to explore the high tunnel, wander through the Discovery Garden, and work with egg-laying hens. Learning through the hands on study session, and experiencing real work on the farm, students will make meaningful connections between the food they eat and the land where it grows. Making these connections will help develop these young leaders into responsible stewards of the land.

What does a Farm on the Homeschool day look like?

Study Sessions—2 hours

Below are the Study Sessions offered during the 2022-23 school year. During the two-hour study session, students will go in depth on each topic, discovering and learning how these areas are of important to our farm and ecosystem.

Work the Ground—1 hour

There are always things to do on the Farm! Students will have the opportunity to experience seasonal activities, which might include preparing the soil for planting, starting seeds, transplanting seedlings, watering, weeding, harvesting, or any other task needed to prepare the farm to function at its best. We’ll check on the chickens and see what they need for the day and collect their eggs. This one hour option will change with the season, month, or even the day.

Enjoy the Harvest—1-2 hours

During this time students will enjoy the fruits of their labor, and witness first-hand how flavorful fruits and vegetables are when they are grown locally and picked at the peak of harvest. During this session, students will learn a new skill set specific to harvesting, preparing, and eating produce.

Homeschool on the Farm: Fall Series 2023

Come to Camp St. Croix and spend the day on the farm! Through this Agricultural Education program offering at The Farm at Camp St. Croix, students will experience first-hand the day-to-day operations of a working farm. This progressive series teaches students info that builds with each session—providing a cumulative education that changes with the season. 3rd and 5th Fridays in September and 2nd and 4th Fridays in October 2023; register for one, or for up to all four!

  • September 15, 2023: Fall Series Part 1
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  • September 29, 2023: Fall Series Part 2
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  • October 13, 2023: Fall Series Part 3
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  • October 27, 2023: Fall Series Part 4
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Homeschool on the Farm: Spring Series 2024

Come to Camp St. Croix and spend the day on the farm! Through this Agricultural Education program offering at The Farm at Camp St. Croix, students will experience first-hand the day-to-day operations of a working farm. This progressive series teaches students info that builds with each session—providing a cumulative education that changes with the season. 1st and 3rd Fridays in April & May 2024; register for one, or for up to all four!

  • April 5, 2024: Spring Series Part 1
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  • April 19, 2024: Spring Series Part 2
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  • May 3, 2024: Spring Series Part 3
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  • May 17, 2024: Spring Series Part 4
    Register