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Sixth graders explore the intersection of nature, agriculture, and art at Sprout Creek Farm

By Allison Kohler
Middle School Science

Last week, the sixth grade spent three days exploring the intersection of nature, agriculture, and art on our trip to Poughkeepsie, NY. We arrived in time for a delicious lunch at Sprout Creek Farm, an organic farm long run by the religious of the Sacred Heart and currently being integrated into Marist University's educational program. After an exciting afternoon of farm tours, we headed to our accommodations at Camp Mariah where students played a game of predator vs. prey, an ecosystem simulation game that tied in some of our science class work in a thrilling competition. We wrapped up the evening with night hikes in which we explored the sounds, smells, and sights of the forest at night.

The girls truly experienced farm life with at 5AM wake-up call on Thursday morning, after which we traveled to Sprout Creek to help with morning farm chores. The girls milked cows and goats, and helped make breakfast. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast, and then participated in activities centered around nature, agriculture, and art. When evening came, we helped with evening chores! More girls did the afternoon milking, some helped in the garden, and a group of girls helped prepare dinner (homemade pasta)! It was all delicious! We returned to Camp Mariah for a campfire (complete with s'mores) and then, exhausted from a hard day's work, went to sleep.

We embarked at a slightly more reasonable hour for Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY. Once there, we enjoyed a walking tour with some very knowledgeable docents who shared some amazing pieces of art with us. Although our stay was cut a little short by some heavy rain showers, we got to take in some beautiful Hudson Valley views and discuss artwork together.

Overall, the Sprout Creek trip was a rousing success! We learned so much and had a blast spending time together while exploring the Hudson River Valley. Click here for photos.




 

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