Courses at The Farms will focus on a variety of subjects that fall within five main categories:
Art: Includes all disciplines from visual art, ceramics, and printmaking to woodworking, filmmaking, fiber art, and music. Instructors should take into consideration space needs, supplies, and tools for students to be successful. Students should be aware of the skill level that is listed next to the class to understand the level of experience needed so they are successful in the class.
Outdoor Education: Possible topics include hiking, backpacking, tent camping, bird and tree identification, and gardening. These experiences are primarily held outside, taking advantage of Allerton’s Natural Areas and scenery. Instructors and students should take weather into consideration when planning and attending. If weather becomes an issue, a class will be moved indoors depending on its topic, or will be postponed or cancelled. We will do everything possible to make sure a class still meets.
Science: Science-related topics include, but are not limited to: climatology, biology, entomology, and engineering. As humans it is important to understand the world around us including the science behind it. Science classes at The Farms will allow students to immerse themselves in the Allerton estate to understand its plants, animals, insects, and other scientific topics.
Storytelling: Engage in education and discussion in local and regional history, in addition to making connections between the Allertons and historical events. These classes may combine another Farms category (e.g., art or nature) for students to fully immerse themselves in a topic.
Wellness: Experiences include include yoga, mindfulness activities, and other activities that promote positive physical and mental health.