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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Times: Program times vary; see below for details

Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, RI

Join Coggeshall Farm for their Spring Homeschool Day! Spring has sprung, the farm is busy with baby animals and new growth, and Coggeshall is getting hands-on with learning. Homeschool Day has a rotating series of programs, workshops, and self-guided activities geared for ages 4+ that bring the historic world to life.

Things to know:

Workshops & Registration

Woodworking: Happy Hedgehogs | Ages 4+ | 11:00 am 

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Calling all woodworkers! Our littlest friends will learn all about the woodshop in this accessible, hands-on project. Kids ages four and up are invited into the shop to hear a story, meet the tools, and learn shop safety. Afterwards, children and their guardian will work together to put those new skills to use by hammering, tapping, and banging their way into building a new wooden hedgehog friend to bring home.

A parent or guardian must stay with their child through this program.

Seeds Everywhere! | Ages 4+ | 1:00 pm 

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Spring is the season of planting! Listen to a story about the tiny seeds that fill our world and learn about the wonderful things that grow from then. After, move and stretch with some plant yoga, and make a seed collage to bring home.

Audubon Wildlife Adventure | Ages 7+ | 11:00 am | $12

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Coggeshall Farm Museum is excited to announce a new education partnership with our neighbors at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Join Audubon experts on a unique wildlife walk here at Coggeshall Farm Museum exploring the flora and fauna of our salt marsh farm.

Want to learn more about Audubon Society’s mission? Check out their website here.

Wool Dying | Ages 7+ | 1:00 pm

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Participants in this workshop will learn all about transforming dirty wool on the sheep into vibrant colorful warn! We will meet the sheep, practice carding and spinning, learn about historic dyes, and then, we will dye our own skein of wool yarn using a modern dye: kool-aid!

Hardtack and Butter | Ages 10+ | 11:00 am

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Bristol built its industry around the seafaring business. See if you have the stomach of a sailor by making your own hardtack over the fire. Then, learn how to make it more appetizing by trying it with homemade butter or dunked in tea.

Ingredients: flour, salt, milk, black tea

Dirty Jobs | Ages 10+ | 1:00 pm

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When you’re working hard, a little dirt never hurt! Get behind the scene by helping out with the chores that keep our farm going. Muck, sweep, pitch, and so much more with our Head Farmer as he shows you the ropes behind caring for our animal friends.

Participants should wear closed-toed shoes and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty.

Strawbraiding | Ages 10+ | 11:00 am

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In 1798, a little girl named Betsy Metcalf began braiding her own straw bonnet, and with that revolutionized the New England hat industry. Learn about the women and children who participated in the “straw plaiting’ industry, and create your own braided bookmark with our own farm grown hay.