Kids are at the center of Lone Oaks Farm’s mission. Lone Oaks Farm is a place where kids are connected to the land and to agriculture, and through outdoor experiences they learn about science and build life skills. While our audience is every K-12 student in the region and beyond, 4-H is at the very root of Lone Oaks Farm’s origins and mission. Our vision for the farm is broad, but filling a void left by the closure of West Tennessee’s only 4-H camp was a foundational objective.
Since its inception over a century ago, 4-H has engaged youth with STEM Education (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities. The two were made for one another.
Hiring a Director of STEM Education
To further STEM literacy, the farm has developed a partnership with the Hardeman County school system to fund and hire a Director of STEM Education position.
This position will be responsible for developing, conducting, and evaluating a STEM Education program at the Farm that will engage K-12 public, private, and homeschool students, as well as support STEM Education programs at 4-H camps.
Plans include having the director in place by July 1, 2017-just in time for 2017 4-H STEM camps.
4-H STEM Camps
Dates of the camps are: July 5-8 (Male only camp) and July 10-13 (Female only camp). Activities will focus on:
- Agriculture – Soil Science, Water Quality
- Science – Micro-invertebrates, Astronomy, Fisheries
- Technology – Drones
- Engineering – Construct GaGa Pits, Shade Tents, Eno Circle, Amphitheater
- Outdoor activities will include kayaking, paddle boards, horseback riding, archery/trap, dutch oven cooking, and others
To apply, contact your local University of Tennessee Extension office. For a list of all Extension offices in the state, see: https://tiny.utk.edu/offices