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MANCHESTER — It is Spring at Hildene and educators are offering standards-based programs for homeschoolers and those in school. Whether students connect with goats in the dairy, critters from a pond, or spot queen bees in search of nest sites, there’s always fun in the learning. Hildene Farm’s goat dairy comes alive with “Curious About Curious Goats” for students in grades K-2 and 3-4. In “Pond Critters” students in 1-2 and 3-4 grades explore pond critters in Hildene’s pond (home school families) or examine their own pond critter brought by Hildene educators to their schools, to make observations and to identify how they are adapted to live in a watery world. Buzzing with questions about bees, 2 and 3-4 graders will discover in “Bumble Bee Basics” how bumblebees overwinter, where they raise brood in the spring, and how they fly when it is chilly or raining. Due to COVID-19 concerns, all programs are held entirely outdoors. Two options are offered: 1) educators will bring natural science programs to students, to engage in on their school grounds or in surrounding natural areas, or 2) programs are available to homeschoolers on the Hildene campus, with a Hildene educator. The programs chosen for Spring 2021, are some of Hildene’s most popular and have been reconfigured to meet COVID-19 best practice protocols, no matter the location. Fees: $25 per family; school program $3 per student, plus mileage. For more information on special Spring 2021 programming, contact Education Director Diane Newton: at 802-874-4787, or email:

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