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Whatcha Doin' Out There!? – Feb 2020

Where to's the top 10:

Maple Syrup

Syrup season starts soon and will be for sale at the Wednesday market! 7th graders are in charge.


Our hoophouse and greenhouse are loaded with veggies that we'll begin to harvest in March and sell at Wednesday market. 4th graders are in charge.


K - 4th students are learning about and drawing the beautiful birds that visit and live on our campus:
  • Kindergarten - Ducks
  • First grade - Raptors (owls, hawks, falcons, eagles....yes, we have a Bald Eagle visit at least once a year)
  • Second grade - Woodpeckers
  • Third grade - Feeder birds (that they care for and report on)
  • Fourth grade - Colorful birds of our fields and forest (that people don't really know about but nest at ACS - Indigo Bunting, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Bluebird, Carolina Wren, Wood Thrush, American Redstart, Yellowthroat Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Woodcock, Blackburian Warbler, Northern Flicker

Goat Mommas

Beau, Raindance, Joe and Frannie are all pregnant. They are due at end of March or early April.  Another year of the miracle of birth on "goat cam"

75 Chickens

We will have a lot of fresh, healthy, delicious eggs for sale at Wednesday Market. Buy and support the sixth grade business, "Got Yolk".

Dugout canoes

All the kids are getting a little time making these crafts (and learning the natural history along the way).  We're trying to get them ready to send some teachers out to the Thornapple this spring (yes there will be "live stream" videos:).  We'll also bring them to fifth grade camp.

From A to Z

Our Kindergarten students put together an Outdoor Education Alphabet Book !

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Wind and Solar

Our goal is to have all our outdoor ed programs (hoophouse, barn, greenhouse, Sugar Shack) at zero net electric use.  Our solar panels are working nicely and producing and this spring we will be getting a new wind turbine to replace the malfunctioning older one. We're working on a plan for our middle school students to track what's produced and what's used, incorporating lots of math and science!

Mr. Mittens

Mr. Mittens has found his favorite spot to keep warm (on top of circuit box in barn with his friend).

Summer Camps

We're planning for a fun, outdoor summer on campus. Farm Club and Farm and Forest Adventure Camps!  Info coming soon!