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The Wildwood Farm and Forest School

The Wildwood Farm and Forest School The Wildwood Acres Farm and Forest School was created to meet a community need during the Covid-19 crisis of 2020. It is intended to supplement home schooling or the limited public or private schooling available during this time.

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We had an A-neigh-zing horse week part 2! 🐎 The wild ones worked on their horsemanship skills, cleaned some tack, and go...
11/11/2022

We had an A-neigh-zing horse week part 2! 🐎 The wild ones worked on their horsemanship skills, cleaned some tack, and got to know our ponies and horses better than ever. The horses definitely felt the love 🀎

11/06/2022

***REMINDER FOR WILDWOOD FAMILIES: This week is Horse Week Part 2! Please make sure kids are wearing or bring long pants and boots with 1 inch heel. ***

Horse week 1 was full of fun! The Wildwood gang learned a lot about horses: how we take care of them, the equipment we u...
11/04/2022

Horse week 1 was full of fun! The Wildwood gang learned a lot about horses: how we take care of them, the equipment we use with them, and how to work with them safely. Each student had a chance in the saddle and our older groups helped lead our younger groups. We're all ready to gallop into Horse Week Part 2!

We had a warm and fuzzy week talking about fiber! πŸ‘πŸπŸ¦™πŸ‡ The wild ones learned about the process of making animal fiber in...
10/28/2022

We had a warm and fuzzy week talking about fiber! πŸ‘πŸπŸ¦™πŸ‡ The wild ones learned about the process of making animal fiber into cloth, tried their hand at fiber crafts, and had some time caring for our fiber animals.

A fun time was had by all at our Stall or Treat party today!
10/22/2022

A fun time was had by all at our Stall or Treat party today!

What a scrumptious week! The Wildwood kids learned about preserving, canning, following recipes. The older groups made c...
10/20/2022

What a scrumptious week! The Wildwood kids learned about preserving, canning, following recipes. The older groups made canned pickles or dilly beans and the preschoolers made some delicious apple sauce.

It was chicken and duck week at Wildwood πŸ“πŸ¦†πŸ”πŸ£πŸ₯šTheses wild ones learned about the life cycle of a chicken, how we care fo...
10/14/2022

It was chicken and duck week at Wildwood πŸ“πŸ¦†πŸ”πŸ£πŸ₯šTheses wild ones learned about the life cycle of a chicken, how we care for our feathered friends on the farm, collected eggs and then tried out a float test to check for bad eggs! We even built our own giant nest!

Week 4 had us cold, then damp, then hot! Farm school in New England will be that way. We had fun outdoors in all of the ...
10/06/2022

Week 4 had us cold, then damp, then hot! Farm school in New England will be that way. We had fun outdoors in all of the weather!

09/30/2022

Hey folks! We would LOOOOOVE to fill a few last spots in our oldest group- our Wolf Pack- for the fall semester. We have availability Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. 50% off for enrollment! Inquire further for sample curriculum or with any questions you may have!

The theme for Week 3 at Wildwood was "Welcome Fall." We had barn chores, explored making leaf creatures, and baked stuff...
09/30/2022

The theme for Week 3 at Wildwood was "Welcome Fall." We had barn chores, explored making leaf creatures, and baked stuffed apples over the fire.

Welcome back Wildwood Families!  Weeks one and two are in the books. We're making new friends and learning about the far...
09/22/2022

Welcome back Wildwood Families! Weeks one and two are in the books. We're making new friends and learning about the farm and our trails. We even had lots of time to get muddy!

Hi folks! Due to sudden changes in enrollment status we now have a few placements at half price available for our fall s...
09/06/2022

Hi folks! Due to sudden changes in enrollment status we now have a few placements at half price available for our fall semester. Bobcats (5-7) has 1 spot available each day; and our Wolf pack (12-14) has multiple openings each day. PM or email.

08/10/2022

Hi Folks! We still have just a few spaces left in our older Wolf pack group! We also have spots for younger Bobcats on Tuesdays. Snag these spots now at a discount (30% off) and help us start out individualized curriculum early!

07/15/2022

Summer Camp is in full swing here at Wildwood!!
Come join the fun in weeks 2-5! Now offering 25% off last minute enrollment! PM for info!

07/08/2022

Hi Folks! We have spots to fill for our Fall Semester
Currently offering a 15% off discount to new families looking to join our Tuesday group, as well as our wolf pack ( 12-14) for Wednesday and Thursday!!
PM for more details!

THAT'S A WRAP! Today was the last day of the semester for Thursday's kids. These guys worked hard cleaning up our spaces...
06/16/2022

THAT'S A WRAP! Today was the last day of the semester for Thursday's kids. These guys worked hard cleaning up our spaces, binding their journal pages, and loving on the animals. Our step up certificate ceremony ended our day with a bang.

We hope you all have one wild summer! πŸ’šπŸŒž

Last of the Wednesday group for the Spring! We had a fun day before our step up certificate ceremony. There was a newt, ...
06/15/2022

Last of the Wednesday group for the Spring! We had a fun day before our step up certificate ceremony. There was a newt, some frogs, and a birdsnest discovery! Oh, and a bunch of happy wild things!

It's our last week before summer break and our Tuesday group received their step up certificates and bound the pages of ...
06/14/2022

It's our last week before summer break and our Tuesday group received their step up certificates and bound the pages of their journals together to take home. We also had a short notice "frog wedding" complete with a frog couple, a grass bouquet, and a processional to their brook home. What better way to cap off the semester?! πŸŽ©πŸΈπŸΈπŸ’ Stay wild, Tuesdays!

What started out as a stormy kind of morning gave way to a sunny day and we're so happy it did! We spent the rainy morni...
06/09/2022

What started out as a stormy kind of morning gave way to a sunny day and we're so happy it did! We spent the rainy morning listening to the next chapter of our read along and the rain stopped just in time for animal care. After lunch we looked for frogs and made some collages.

We're glad that the sunshine decided to show itself today after all! The Wildwood kids had a busy day with lots of anima...
06/08/2022

We're glad that the sunshine decided to show itself today after all! The Wildwood kids had a busy day with lots of animal care, frog hunting, and extra pony time.

We are in the second to last week of our Spring semester at Wildwood. Today, preschoolers who are moving up into our All...
06/07/2022

We are in the second to last week of our Spring semester at Wildwood. Today, preschoolers who are moving up into our All-ages group were given an introduction to their new morning routine by joining the big kids.

Today we learned about processing animal fibers into yarn and later did a needle felting project. We also made some cinn...
06/02/2022

Today we learned about processing animal fibers into yarn and later did a needle felting project. We also made some cinnamon apples over the fire which was lit by our Wolf Pack using flint and steel.

What a great day at Wildwood! We started with a fiber demo and learned about the process of making yarn from animal fibe...
06/01/2022

What a great day at Wildwood! We started with a fiber demo and learned about the process of making yarn from animal fibers. Preschool made nature prints from flowers that we picked and the all ages kids did some needle felting.

We had a hot day at the farm today.  We tried to keep kids cool with tasks like scrubbing buckets and catching frogs and...
05/31/2022

We had a hot day at the farm today. We tried to keep kids cool with tasks like scrubbing buckets and catching frogs and made sure everyone stayed hydrated. Tomorrow should be a cooler day and we're ready for it!

What a great way to end our week! The kids worked together lighting the fire, prepping potatoes, and cleaning eggs and w...
05/26/2022

What a great way to end our week! The kids worked together lighting the fire, prepping potatoes, and cleaning eggs and we all enjoyed Duck eggs and home fries cooked on the fire. Some of the kids tried their hand at milking a goat and then we played a quick game of capture the flag.

The Wildwood kids enjoyed another day of food from farm and forest. They had eggs in the morning and soda bread in the a...
05/25/2022

The Wildwood kids enjoyed another day of food from farm and forest. They had eggs in the morning and soda bread in the afternoon. πŸ₯šπŸ³πŸ₯–πŸ”₯

Our focus this week is food from farm and forest! Today we talked about eggs. Ms. Tara showed how eggs should be cleaned...
05/24/2022

Our focus this week is food from farm and forest! Today we talked about eggs. Ms. Tara showed how eggs should be cleaned and how to do a float test to tell if the egg is fresh. We made eggs over the fire to share. πŸ₯šπŸ³πŸ”πŸ¦†

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us today! (And special thanks to those who helped us move the goat pen every time...
05/21/2022

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us today! (And special thanks to those who helped us move the goat pen every time the shade shifted. πŸ’ͺ)

Come visit us at the Asparagus Festival on the West Brookfield common  10-4!
05/21/2022

Come visit us at the Asparagus Festival on the West Brookfield common 10-4!

Rain gear was a must today! The Wildwood kids helped us get ready for this Saturday's Asparagus Festival on the West Bro...
05/19/2022

Rain gear was a must today! The Wildwood kids helped us get ready for this Saturday's Asparagus Festival on the West Brookfield common. They painted our other banner and washed the trailer that will bring our ponies to the festival. There was a lot of goaty time too. A baby goat is like sunshine on a cloudy day 🐐

Another gorgeous day! We made another batch of dandelion-violet lemonade today and then worked on some projects to bring...
05/18/2022

Another gorgeous day! We made another batch of dandelion-violet lemonade today and then worked on some projects to bring to the Asparagus Festival this weekend. If you hit up the Festival on Saturday at the West Brookfield town common be sure to visit us. Ms. Rene will be giving pony rides and we'll have plants and student made items for sale as well as a couple activities for kids to enjoy.

A perfect spring day on the farm! The Wildwood kids are learning about foraging and harvested a TON of dandelions. Did y...
05/17/2022

A perfect spring day on the farm! The Wildwood kids are learning about foraging and harvested a TON of dandelions. Did you know that every part of the dandelion is edible?! It's a pretty amazing little plant. We used the dandelions and violets in a batch of refreshing lemonade. πŸ΅πŸŒΈπŸ‹πŸ₯›

It felt like summer out there today! So much was had and we were all feeling the heat. We painted rocks (and the table) ...
05/12/2022

It felt like summer out there today! So much was had and we were all feeling the heat. We painted rocks (and the table) caught some frogs and talked about maps.

It was a warm day at Wildwood! Today's group got the chance to check out the new playscapes and they were a hit! After a...
05/11/2022

It was a warm day at Wildwood! Today's group got the chance to check out the new playscapes and they were a hit! After animal care chores we had lunch in the sunshine or at the shady tree house. Then the afternoon was split between frog catching and practice with our flints and steels. Everyone got the hang of creating sparks and we had a few "near flames" but we'll have to keep practicing if we're going to light a fire with them πŸ”₯πŸ˜‰

Just another day in the life ❀️
05/11/2022

Just another day in the life ❀️

We had some adventures with new playscapes today! Climbing, balancing, swinging. Both groups of kids worked on knot tyin...
05/10/2022

We had some adventures with new playscapes today! Climbing, balancing, swinging. Both groups of kids worked on knot tying and weaving and a few even made lassos.

What a sunny day! Preschool looked for minibeasts and planted wildflowers for our pollinator friends. All ages soaked up...
05/05/2022

What a sunny day! Preschool looked for minibeasts and planted wildflowers for our pollinator friends. All ages soaked up that sunshine and spent lots of time at the brook looking for frogs. A great day to be at the farm 🐸

We're still waiting for  those "April showers" to stop and the "May flowers" to begin! The kids built a rain shelter by ...
05/04/2022

We're still waiting for those "April showers" to stop and the "May flowers" to begin! The kids built a rain shelter by the tree house and worked together for animal care time. After lunch, the all ages group made pipe cleaner insects and wildflower seed bombs before heading home.

It's pollinator week! Even though this cool weather has most of the pollinators still sleeping, we still were able to re...
05/03/2022

It's pollinator week! Even though this cool weather has most of the pollinators still sleeping, we still were able to read about bees and talked about the bee life cycle. We also had time to hang out with the baby goats and shed some pony winter coats.

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147 Wigwam Road
West Brookfield, MA
01585

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+1 508-250-5368

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For I have to shout out some of the businesses that got us through this pandemic in the most meaningful ways: Farmer Matt, Ragged Hill Dairy, The Wildwood Farm and Forest School, Hardwick Farmers Co-Op, Farmer at the Door, Esselon Coffee Roasting Frederyque's Delights and Cupcakes & Confections by Jana (two bakers in town who have DELIVERED CUPCAKES - I consider this a mental health service) Talk of the Town, and this might be a slight stretch on small but Atkins Farms Country Market. We haven’t needed to (or wanted to) shop in any big box stores since this pandemic hit cause it’s the SMALL businesses that stepped up. If you’re local, check these folks out, they rock.
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