One of the largest components of our mission here at Homeplace on Green River is the Education of young people about the history of agriculture, the natural world, and conservation. Since incorporating into a 501(c)(3) in 2001, HGR as an organization has always intended to host extensive education and outreach programming. With over 200 acres of farm land, multiple historic agricultural buildings from different time periods, a beautiful nature hiking trail, and tons of room to run, HGR is a perfect site for outdoor education programs.
In order to begin that journey, we needed some support. Our all volunteer Board worked diligently to bring HPGR to the attention of the Kentucky State legislature. In February of 2016, The Kentucky Senate approved a resolution supporting Homeplace on Green River as Kentucky's Outdoor Classroom. The designation was another step forward for the historic 227 acre farm and we believe encourages significant opportunity for growth both in programing and funding.
In the few years to follow, we have produced many education programs and been a host to dozens of field trips from area schools. The curriculum in these programs thus far has been centered on
Agricultural history with a focus on how practices have changed overtime in response to new technological developments and economic opportunities
Education about nature through exploring the outdoors via our wonderful trail system
Sustainability and conservation
Promoting health and wellness through active living, and healthy eating.
Extensive plans are underway to offer opportunities to students from pre-school through college to experience outdoor learning activities at Homeplace. Scouts and other groups already make frequent use of Homeplace as an outdoor learning lab, and we welcome other youth groups to experience all there is to see, learn, and do at Homeplace on green River! We are excited to keep growing our programs and invite the partnership of forward thinking organizations and institutions to share our vision of helping to ensure that the youth of Kentucky have the opportunity to learn about the natural world from actually interacting with it. We hope that all Kentuckians have a chance to experience the great outdoors, develop an understanding of where our food comes from, to play in the woods, to learn about plants and animals and ecosystems, and to appreciate the beauty of the natural world.
To learn more about Outdoor Education Programs at Homeplace on Green River, contact us today! Email Program Director Lyn Stanton ~ Director@homeplacefarmky.org Or Call 270.789.0006