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Bend Oregon's Schibel Teaching Farm is where children learn and grow through nature...

                  

...among gardens, farm animals, and the natural wonders of a rural setting at Bend, Oregon's private teaching farm and Daycare Bend Oregon, all under the guidance of our experienced teachers.  In addition to traditional classroom-style (preschool) learning and creative play, children enrolled in our programs participate in daily farm routines to gain an appreciation of the origins of food and fiber, and to learn the value of a care-taking role with plants, animals, the earth and one another.

 

Whether your child attends our Bend Oregons pre-school, one of our Bend Oregon afterschool programs, or a Bend summer day camp at our Private Teaching Farm, the possibilities are endless: brush a goat, feel a rabbit's downy fur, watch butterflies hatch and take flight, feed and collect eggs from our chickens and ducks, plant a seed, sample from our organic garden beds, and learn to make crafts and food just like farmers of old.  

 

Our mission in Bend, Oregon at our Private Teaching Farm is to supplement and foster the good citizenship, life experiences, and education of area youth - to provide them with the kind of simple, old-fashioned experiences that are hard to find these days. Our goals include encouraging kids to maintain active lifestyles, eat healthy and nutritious foods, experience the wonder of nature and the sciences, take care of their environment, and participate in their community as people of character. At the same time at our Private Farm in Bend, Oregon we provide parents with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their children are learning and thriving in a natural setting- without the negative influences of "plugging in" to TV, video games or other electronic media. 

Each month we will post information about our programs and events on this site, as well as in our quarterly newsletter. 

 

Please feel free to contact us to inquire about enrollment or to offer feedback or suggestions, using the "contact Us" page.

Schibel Teaching Farm works in partnership and affiliation with the following organizations:

  • Arbor Day Foundation & Dimensions Educational Research Foundation - Oregon's 1st  (and only, so far) Certified Nature Explore Classroom
  • Farm-Based Education Association
  • Certified Eco-Healthy Childcare
  • Oregon Child Care Division - Certified Family Child Care Program
  • Oregon ASK, Statewide Afterschool Network
  • Children & Nature Network - registered youth initiative
  • Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Council 75, Central Region members
  • OSU Extension, Deschutes County 4-H - Registered Community Club
  • Afterschool Alliance - Lights on Afterschool Program