We had a great time hosting the students from the Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Camp! It was a wonderful opportunity to share the farm with kids from Columbia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Iran, Honduras and Puerto Rico. The program is run by James Madison University and has been offered for several years, providing students an opportunity to get outside, experience nature and see different parts of the Shenandoah Valley.
While at the farm, the group learned about the history of the property, the Kauffman family who built the White House, watersheds and water quality. The shade of the maple trees provided pleasant shade at lunchtime and afterwards, the students participated in hands-on learning by installing native shrubs and flowers along the river trail. On a hot summer day, it is amazing how refreshing wading into the Shenandoah River can be but it is even more exhilarating to actually get to swim, which the students did in the afternoon.
We appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with the instructors of this great program and such a diverse group of kids!