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Children Conference - 2019 Winter

You can bring the whole family! Don't forget that our Children's Conference is only $10 per child. A full day of programming and an amazing organic lunch is in store!

Winter Conference KidsAll age groups check in to the Student Center at 8:45.  Allow time to leave parent information.

Children (3-8) Student Center

9:00-9:15                 Opening circle and meet one another
9:15-10:45               Songs and Dances
10:45-11:00             Snack Break
11:00-11:15             Perform a Song for Annual Meeting
11:15-12:30             Art and Story Time
12:30-1:30               Closed for Lunch
1:30                          Drop Off
1:30-3:00                 Riot in the Garden with Jackson Gillman
3:00-4:30                 Let’s Make Seed Bombs!
4:30-5:45                 Smoothies, Games and Stories
5:45                          Parent Pick-up

For the youngest children who may have difficulty focusing on longer workshops we will have books, games, an art area, and a place to rest for the duration of the day, but we will strongly encourage children to participate in the workshops.

Songs and Dances

We will move, sing and play some instruments.

Perform a Song for Annual Meeting

Who doesn’t get a thrill listening to children sing? We will sing a song for the opening of the Annual Meeting.

Tad Hitchcock

Musician, music teacher, songwriter, parent, gardener and beekeeper.

 

Art and Story Time

We will create art on cards and post-cards that can be mailed to people. Do you have thank-you notes to write? Has it been a long time since you have seen someone? Would you like to write to your Representatives in Congress? Maybe they would like to hear from you the old fashioned way, an artful letter in the mail.

Youth Conference Staff and Volunteers

 

Riot in the Garden

Laugh and learn about farm science in this rollicking show of songs and stories.

Jackson Gillman

Through song, comedy, mime and story, “Stand-Up Chameleon” Jackson Gillman has been educating audiences of all ages with his songs and stories since 1978 .

 

Let’s Make Seed Bombs!

We’ll learn about seed bombs, what they are, how they got started, and what they’re good for.

Then we’ll make our own, choosing from different wildflower seeds. First we’ll “gather” the seeds from dried flower heads, pods… seeing how those seeds grew. Then we’ll make our own seed bombs and talk about the places we’ll target for beautification a la seed bomb.  

Marie Patrice Masse

Former teacher, lover of nature, gardener, seed-saver, speaker, and fun-loving grandma.

 

Smoothies, Games and Stories

We will make smoothies, play old fashioned games, like pin the tail on the donkey and maybe one or two you may not have played, like skittles. We will read stories and just relax to end up our long day.

Youth Conference Staff and Volunteers

 

Youth (9-13) Student Center
9:00-9:15                Opening circle and meet one another
9:15-10:45               Mindfulness and Art              
10:45-11:00             Snack Break (practice a song)
11:00-11:15             Perform a Song for Annual Meeting
11:15-12:30             What’s the Buzz? Bees and Beekeeping
12:30-1:30               Closed for Lunch
1:30                          Drop Off
1:30-3:00                 Riot in the Garden
3:00-4:30                 A Way with Worms: a Vermicomposting Workshop
4:30-5:45                 Smoothes, Games and Stories
5:45                          Parent Pick-up

 

Mindfulness and Art

Beginning with a mindfulness exercise, children will then be invited to explore gelli printing technique.

Marina Strauss

LMHC and Expressive Arts Therapist/ Adjunct at Lesley University, facilitated Kids Mindfulness workshop Nofa 2018   

 

Perform a Song for Annual Meeting

Who doesn’t get a thrill listening to children sing? We will sing a song for the opening of the Annual Meeting. This age group will have just a few minutes during snack to learn their part. It may be singing or playing percussion or moving. If they are extremely enthusiastic and want to bring an instrument have them contact us ahead of time aallspice@aol.com

Tad Hitchcock

Musician, music teacher, songwriter, parent, gardener and beekeeper.

 

What’s the Buzz? Bees and Beekeeping

Children's workshop discussing importance of honeybees and other pollinators.

If possible I will show an observation hive with live bees if weather permits, work with beeswax to roll candles and taste different honeys.

Mel Gadd

Beekeeper for 10 + years. Runs major beekeeping program at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Riot in the Garden

Laugh and learn about farm science in this rollicking show of songs and stories.

Jackson Gillman

Through song, comedy, mime and story, “Stand-Up Chameleon” Jackson Gillman has been educating audiences of all ages with his songs and stories since 1978 .

 

A Way with Worms: a Vermicomposting Workshop

In this hands on workshop, we will learn all about worms and how they can be used for composting. The group will build, maintain and troubleshoot a small worm bin that can be easily recreated at home.

Rachel Borgatti

NOFA parent who has taught youth vermicomposting workshops and works as a consultant helping nonprofit and social enterprises grow and thrive.

 

Smoothies, Games and Stories

We will make smoothies, play old fashioned games, like pin the tail on the donkey, and maybe one or two you may not have played, like skittles. We will read stories and just relax to end up our long day. We welcome older youth to help work with younger youth and would be happy to write you a recommendation if we like what we see!!

Youth Conference Staff and Volunteers

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