The Land Trust for Tennessee seeks to engage the community in learning about and conserving the unique character of Tennessee’s natural and historic landscapes for future generations. We believe that Glen Leven Farm provides the perfect setting for hands on-learning about farming, conservation, and local history.
Educational Opportunities at The Land Trust’s Glen Leven Farm
Can’t make it out to the farm this season? The Land Trust offers a number of educational resources for students, teachers, and parents.
Educational Videos: Watch our entire Around the Farm Series and Virtual Nature Hike Series on YouTube (or scroll to the bottom of the page).
We also offer two virtual sessions free of charge to Tennessee classrooms:
Donkeys: Enjoy an up-close encounter with Shelby and Dave, our miniature donkeys. Students will learn about the donkey’s role on the farm and their keen senses.
Honey Bees: Join a beekeeper as we check on the Honey Bee Sanctuary at The Land Trust’s Glen Leven Farm. Learn how a bee colony functions and why bees are an important part of the ecosystem. Available May – October.
Virtual Classroom Visits last for approximately 20 minutes and include an opportunity to ask questions. Teachers host the meeting on their preferred platform, and we will join at a specified time.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Education Kits are available free of charge for Title 1 classrooms across the state. Each kit includes curriculum and supplies for teachers to lead hands-on, standards-based activities with their classes of up to 25 students. Spring STEAM Education Kits are distributed to classrooms in March, but The Land Trust also offers a STEAM Education Kit digital guide in the fall.
Fall 2021: STEAM Education Kit Digital Guide (download here)
Spring 2022: Sunflower STEAM Education Kits (requests open January 15, 2022)
See a recap of our spring 2021 STEAM Education Kits on our blog.
Bring your student group to a one-of-a-kind outdoor classroom. The Land Trust staff host guided, standards-based experiences at Glen Leven Farm designed to inspire a passion for conservation, nature, and history, all in a safe, outdoor environment.
Our guided group Field Studies cover a range of topics (senses, ecosystems, gardening, plant identification, and more) and can be tailored to meet your group’s specific needs. These opportunities are best-suited for home school groups, learning pods, and scout troops.
Cost: $100 per session, up to 12 guests
Join us in the fall and spring for hands-on learning aligned to Tennessee State Standards. Students rotate through four stations and participate in activities led by The Land Trust staff and trained volunteers. Topics include trees, gardening, history, and local animals, including an opportunity to meet our miniature donkeys, Shelby and Dave.
Field Study visits last for approximately 90 minutes. Students are welcome to bring a packed lunch to enjoy on the lawn after their visit. The farm is handicapped accessible, but involves traversing grass and gravel.
Cost: $8 per student • $5 per student (Title I), up to 70 students (teachers and chaperones within a 1:10 ratio are complimentary)
Glen Leven Farm provides a unique learning environment for in-depth research projects. The farm is available to teachers and students seeking ample space for field work, research, or lessons exploring environmental topics of their choosing. Outdoor Laboratory experiences range from one-time visits to year-long student research projects. Students engaged in past research projects have chosen Glen Leven Farm to study the impact of invasive species, soil quality, and more.
Educational Resources for Students, Teachers & Parents
Let us bring the farm to you. Watch our on-demand educational series below.
Click here to watch our entire Around the Farm Series on YouTube.
Click here to watch our entire Virtual Nature Hike Series on YouTube.
Please note that The Land Trust’s Glen Leven Farm is not regularly open to the public and all educational opportunities must be scheduled in advance.
Video Activity Worksheets:
- Honey Bee Word Finder (via Honey.com)
- Meet a Tree (PDF)
- Plant Life Cycle (PDF)
- Create a Timeline about Your Life (PDF)
- Write a Letter to our Donkeys (PDF)
Learn More & Schedule Your Visit
For more information or to request an educational opportunity, please fill out the form below