Education

The Liberty Prairie Foundation has consistently engaged in informal and formal environmental education initiatives. The programs that we offer on the Prairie Crossing Farm all contain a strong emphasis on environmental education including our farmer training, youth development, and lifelong learning events.

Projects

EDUCATION PROJECTS_editedThe impact of the Liberty Prairie Foundation’s environmental education work is demonstrated through the following projects:

The Prairie Farm Corps is a youth development program at the Prairie Crossing Farm for diverse youth from central Lake County. Participants are involved in all aspects of a sustainable agriculture business from seed to market. The Prairie Farm Corps integrates personal/professional development with farm work, and provides participants with hands-on experience cooking fresh vegetables and incorporating healthy eating habits into their lives. Click here for more information about the Prairie Farm Corps.

Farm educators work very closely with students in grades 7-9 in the Montessori School of Lake Forest (MSLF) Adolescent Program. Students are engaged in on-farm lessons and work experiences that integrate agriculture with science, math, language, nutrition, social studies, and economics. Click here for more information about the Montessori School of Lake Forest Adolescent Program.

The Liberty Prairie Foundation offers a variety of farm-based educational tours to complement classroom curriculum and demonstrate organic principles in action. Click here for more information about farm-based educational tours.

The Liberty Prairie Foundation is a member of the Chicago Wilderness initiative, Waukegan Leave No Child Inside, an alliance of more than 200 public and private organizations and agencies working together to improve the health and wellness of children in the Waukegan and North Chicago area. The consortium meets monthly to network, explore partnership opportunities and to promote member programs available to children and families in the area where they can explore local nature areas, parks, forest preserves and other regional sites. “Like” the Waukegan Leave No Child Inside initiative on Facebook for news from partner organizations.

Resources

ED RES TOUR_editedWhile much of our environmental education work is experiential hands-on experiences, the Liberty Prairie Foundation has also created or collaborated with others to produce the following environmental education resources:

This resource guide was compiled by the Liberty Prairie Foundation as part of the Waukegan Local Food Project. The capacity building and technical assistance initiative was designed to support Waukegan organizations pursuing local food projects and ultimately strengthen the community’s local food system.

In partnership with the Illinois Local Food, Farms & Jobs Council, the Liberty Prairie Foundation hosted/facilitated a statewide roundtable on farmer training.