Education

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We offer a variety of education programs to schools, tailored for grades K-12. Our programs can be  presented on-site, in the classroom, or on field trips in the area. We utilize hands-on student-centered activities, games, stories, and songs to teach Environmental Education to kids. We also conduct service-learning programs with area schools, where younger students are mentored by middle and high school students in restoration and monitoring projects.

Our education topics include:
JHC Education Program Flyer (pdf)

  • Native plant identification & propagation
  • Native American uses of native plants
  • Growing plants for rain gardens
  • Worms and how they work
  • Fungi basics
  • Watershed ecology
  • Watershed wildlife
  • Riparian ecosystems
  • Aquatic microinvertebrates
  • Wetlands
  • Water and its conservation
  • Jug Handle/Pygmy Forest Ecological Staircase
  • Tide pool life
  • North Coast birds
  • Bird adaptations & variations
  • Gray whale migration
  • Marine mammals
  • Environmental & children’s songs

Apple Cider Pressing at Jug Handle Farm

Many times in late October or early November, Jug Handle Creek Farm has hosted an event where apples harvested from our orchard and other local orchards are pressed into cider using our historic apple cider press.  Jug Handle naturalist, Ariane Fuller has led these events, with assistance from Jug Handle’s Education/Grants Director, Helene Chalfin.

The apple pressers pause for a group photo with the  old apple cider press machine

The apple pressers pause for a group photo with the old apple cider press machine

Local children and their parents work to get the sliced apples through the press

Local children and their parents work to get the sliced apples through the press

The photos right (click to enlarge) show local children and their parents working to get the sliced apples through the press, which has been thoroughly cleaned and set up on the Farmhouse back deck for the occasion.  Helene, at the left grabs some photos, while a parent helps with the press.  In the second photo, the apple pressers pause for a group photo with the  old apple cider press machine.  Ariane Fuller, Jug Handle naturalist and former 4-H Youth Coordinator is at right; Helene Chalfin is fourth from the right.

Jug Handle Educational Activities

Jug Handle educational activities take place both on and off the Nature Center site.  Groups come to Jug Handle Farm and Nature Center to learn, or Jug Handle visits their school and classroom.  Also Jug Handle leads field trips to local watersheds for activities and learning, often collaborating with other groups such as Americorps, State Parks, Fish and Game, or a timber company biologist or forester to lead field trip stations.

Photos below (click to enlarge): Jug Handle educational activities takes place at Jug Handle, or in the field or at school campuses. Photos show a variety of student learning activities organized by Jug Handle Farm and Nature Center.

Photo show a variety of student learning activities

Photo show a variety of student learning activities organized by Jug Handle Farm

Photo show a variety of student learning activities

Photo show a variety of student learning activities organized by Jug Handle Farm

To view a power-point presentation (saved as .pdf) about Jug Handle Creek education and restoration activities, click here.

For more information about our education programs and availability, please contact:
Helene Chalfin |  JHC Education Program Flyer (pdf)
Education Director/Grants Manager
e-mail: jughandle-ed@mcn.org
phone: (707)937-3498 or (707)964-1825

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