The childcare / teen space is open 8am - 6pm on the Friday and Saturday of the conference. It is available for kids ages 3-18. The cost is $38 per day and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Child Scholarships are available. All children ages 3 and up must register for the conference at children's rates. Childcare is provided at the conference for children three years old and up. Childcare has room for 70 children only, please register early.
Activities for teens are also offered the Friday and Saturday of the conference. Read more below.
Childcare (ages 3-7)
Activities include cozy reading corner, twister, string games, building blocks, wooden blocks and trains, dress-up clothes, paper creations, coloring, a play room, house building with cloths, and nap time.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Theatre production: Children of any age are welcome to participate! Costumes are provided and there are narrated parts for those who want to learn them, along with simple set design and construction. The performance is held before the Friday evening talent show. Other activities include small loom weaving, facilitated cooperative games, fun obstacle courses, hair wraps, clay play, origami, and new farm crafts.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
8:00am-12:30pm : Puppet time! Design and create your own puppet then share.
11am-12:30pm: Create potato stamps for cards and cloth bags, and learn about this great vegetable.
Make potato people and animals, too!
12:30pm-2:00pm: Lunch with parents
2:00pm-4:00pm: Terrarium creations and learn about soil, worms, and composting.
4:00pm-5:30pm: Farm story, musical improvisation, and group sing along.
Youth Program Coordinators
Bean Braun is both a tutor and teacher, with extensive training in outdoor education. She works with youth groups leading trail projects, personal growth groups, and other types of experiential education. Bean is enthusiastic and loved by children, teens and parents in her gentle warm manner that is also firm and clear. She has assisted in the childcare program for several years. Contact Bean with questions at 608-638-3466.
Kate Rynes is a mother who is experienced sharing the magic of farm life, crafting, and the natural environment with children of all ages. Kate lives at Shinning Hills Farm and Gardens growing and marketing organic flowers in the beautiful Kickapoo Valley. Kate has also assisted in the childcare program for two years.
Young people return to the conference each year to feel the same camaraderie that adult conference-goers love. The education and networking MOSES is known for continues for teens!
Teen space is a place to do crafts, build things or just hang out. Make-and-take workshops result in teen-crafted artwork. This year make wind chimes, bird houses and more!
Teen Space Coordinator Donna Goodlaxson, a "retired" CSA farmer, currently teaches at a Montessori Land School in northwestern Wisconsin. Donna takes a break from her work with urban junior high students to be "home" at the conference each year. Sara Nagler is back this year. She's known as an enthusiastic supporter of teens and a dedicated home schooler. Everyone interested in teen fun is welcome!
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)