The Education Center announced our Spring Calendar of Events just weeks ago and since then we discovered an inspirational initiative created by the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) to help expand the reach of our events and both missions. The Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) initiative aims to rally people of all ages to “Get Outside” to play, serve and celebrate during Children & Nature Awareness Month in April. The C&NN named April as Children & Nature Awareness Month several years ago and the “Get Outside” initiative was launched two years ago. Let’s G.O.! events are hosted nationwide at parks, schools, national wildlife refuges, neighborhoods, cities and here at Fernbrook Farms Education Center to make a connection between healthy people and healthy communities. The goal of Let’s G.O.! is to bring together intergenerational groups of people to get outside together, be active, have fun and connect with nature. We’re glad FFEC can help further that goal that also fits our mission and purpose so well.
On April 21st from 9:00am – 10:30am, the Education Center is hosting our first Let’s G.O.! event! We will embrace the start of Spring and share the skills of sheep shearing and wool processing. This is going to be a great event for families, groups of friends or co-workers, as well as couples who are interested in learning how to process nature’s fibers naturally. The event is held in our barnyard area where participants can meet the sheep, and our recently born lamb, as well as the other farm animals. The registrants will not only see how to properly shear a sheep using old fashioned blade shears, but also learn how to process the wool: from carding it to spinning the wool on a drop spindle. We hope to share this event with as many people as possible, not only to educate them about our sheep and natural fibers, but to also contribute to the goal of the nationwide C&NN. The Education Center as well as all of the C&NN partners want to inspire all people to get outside, and encourage people to participate in events and service projects that benefit the natural world. Our second Let’s G.O.! event is a Spring Volunteer Day on April 28th from 8:30am-Noon to help our non-profit Education Center beautify the property and prepare for a busy year of programs. All ages welcome for any amount of time you can donate to help us plant the garden, clear trails, paint the barn doors, build a fence around the rain garden, string tree cookies and celebrate the Education Center progress!