High School Work-based Learning and Service Projects
If you think teens are too young to make a difference, think again! Much of the brainpower, creativity, and skill involved in turning the old dairy into an educational paradise came from students! Local high school Career Tech Education programs and academies, along with community youth groups, got involved in the design and construction of exhibits, decorating the farmhouse, and rehabilitating the farm plot. They designed and built our shed, benches, and sawhorse roping dummies. Additionally, they created video documentaries of the renovations and Nicolaus family interviews. While the students gained real-world work experience, the Nicolaus Dairy gained high-quality enhancements. Look for their work all around the property!
High school students have also served as interns in various capacities. Some learned about wildlife and land management with the Bufferlands staff. Others studied the business side of the Regional San while interning in the main office.
We offer a mutlitude of opportunities for work-based and project-based learning, service projects, leadership, animal demonstrations, community service hours, and internships.