2006-04-13 / News

Farm Kids program starts in May

It will soon be Farm Kids time at Watson Farm.

This six-week outdoor afterschool program starts Friday, May 5. It offers children in the fifth and sixth grades the opportunity to explore and experience the various habitats that make up the 265-acre Watson Farm. Woodlands, wetlands, shoreline, farmlands,

and barnyard are all parts of this working farm. Farm Kids will get a chance to see life on the farm through the change of seasons. Now is an exciting time on the farm with baby lambs and calves being born, Sheep Shearing Day, gardens being planted, and the beginning of haying season. Participants will learn to develop skills in observing nature. Most important, however, the children will become a part of the farm community while learning about the history and future of agriculture on Conanicut Island.

The Watson Farm is a working farm owned by Historic New England, a museum of cultural history. Historic New England interprets and collects buildings, landscapes, and objects reflecting New England life from the 17th century to the present for all to enjoy.

The Farm Kids program will be held on Fridays after school from 3 to 5:30 p.m. starting May 5 and running May 12, 19, 26 and June 2, and 9. The registration fee is $40 for members of Historic New England and $60 for nonmembers.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Contact Heather Minto at 423-0005.

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