Guidelines for Visiting
The Lake Country Land School hosts class and small group visits. LCS families, please call 715-265-7770 to schedule a visit. To schedule a visit for a school group call 612-827-3707.
The following basic rules of respect are the touchstone for behavior at Lake Country School. It is our expectation that we will observe these guidelines in all areas of our life at school. Respect for self, Respect for others, Respect for materials, tools and equipment, and Respect for the environment.
- Use sunscreen, wear a hat when it is sunny and dress appropriately for the conditions.
- Drink water frequently. Drinking water is in the Long Barn (sink) and any of the spigots found around the farm, any spigot around the Homestead or inside the Homestead at any faucet.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before you eat anything and especially after you visit any of the animals!
- Know the Land School property boundaries. If you aren’t sure where they are, please ask. Trail maps are available upon request. The roads (30th St. and 1330th St.) should be treated like city streets in the city. When walking along the road, be aware of approaching cars and look both ways before crossing the road.
- Enjoy the pleasure of your surroundings. Be aware of what is underfoot and what you are walking towards. Run only in the designated field space near the Homestead and the open space near the fire circle and compost piles.
- Elementary and younger children must always be located in a place where you can see an adult. Children who want to go into a building need to be accompanied by an adult.
- Junior High students may go into buildings on your own as long as an adult knows where you are and as long as you are able to maintain a respectful attitude and understand the guidelines fully.
- Always have a friend with you if you have permission to leave the adult’s supervision area.
RESPECT the chickens. This means no chasing the chickens and no acts or words of aggression towards our feathered friends. There should be no more than two students at a time in the chicken coop. Please ask a farm manager first before entering the coop if you don’t know the coop etiquette. Coop etiquette is as follows:
a. Please approach the chickens and their coop in a calm manner with quiet voices. This approach will help the chickens stay calm and healthy and you may have more of a chance to get close to one of them.
b. Two students at a time with an adult (for Elementary and younger).
c. If you are searching for eggs and find some, please leave them in the nest box where you found them, unless you have received instruction from one of the staff for collecting eggs.
d. Some of the hens who are sitting in nest boxes will peck at you when you lift them up to look for eggs. They can be protective of their eggs. To avoid the pain, wear gloves or cover your hand with a shirt or jacket sleeve.
e. ATTENTION: please keep small children a safe distance away from chickens in nest boxes. These chickens might peck at a face that is too close!
Please do not feed the chickens your food at lunchtime. We want to do our best to discourage them from being around us while we eat. They are very assertive about getting food from you so you must protect your meal at all times. Do not walk away from your lunch, do not hold your hand out with food and look away—those chickens are sneaky and quick! If there are some items left over from your lunch, you may feed the chickens near the compost pile or near the bit of brush they like to huddle under.
Sheep, Goat and Llamas
- RESPECT the sheep and llamas. We ask that you remain calm and quiet when you enter the barn. The animals startle easily and will be more likely to trust you if you are respectful of them and calm.
- Take off any brimmed caps (i.e. baseball caps), or turn them around. Llamas don’t care for the brims.
- Keep your hands still and preferably behind your back as you approach the llamas. They will be more likely to explore your smells and give you a llama kiss (a big, warm breath) if you don’t startle them.
- We ask that if you want to visit the llamas and sheep in their pasture, you have an adult who is comfortable going in there with you. No more than two students and the adult in the pasture at one time.
- If you would like to feed the llamas, they appreciate a clump of tall green grass or hay (from or near hay trough). No grain unless directed by an adult.
- The sheep are not allowed to have any grain at all – THEY CAN BLOAT AND DIE FROM TOO MUCH GRAIN.
In the spring, summer and fall months, we usually have an electric fence up in which the sheep and llamas graze on grass—their pasture. We rotate this fence around every week to two weeks. The white plastic mesh fence will give a shock if it’s touched. Please do not touch the electric fence.
When the animals are in their pasture with the electric fence it’s important that you not stick your hand over the electric fence to feed them or put your nose out for the llamas to sniff you. The animals think that the electric fence is much taller than it actually is—they could all jump over those relatively short fences if they wanted. Because they get a shock if they get too close to the fence, they stay away from the fence. If you attempt to feed them, the effect of the fence that keeps them contained will diminish and the animals might escape.
Respect The Environment
Please be vigilant about keeping areas free of trash. We have recycling in the Long Barn (the long, white barn parallel to the road) and outside of the Homestead kitchen. Please rinse all bottles, cans and containers and remove all caps before recycling. Not every kind of plastic can be recycled. Look for the numbers 1 and 2 on the bottom of your bottles. If the number is higher than 2 or the plastic container doesn’t have a neck, the item cannot be recycled. It must be thrown into the garbage. Please do not throw any broken glass into the glass recycling bin.
Compost food that doesn’t contain meat or dairy products by putting it on the far right compost heap near the garden. Or follow the directions above for feeding the chickens. Compost bins are also located near the Homestead. RESPECT the garden. Know the difference of a crop growing in a bed and a pathway before you explore. Walk only in pathways. Please, no running in the garden.
Respect Buildings and Equipment
RESPECT the buildings and equipment on the farm. There are a lot of interesting buildings at the Land School. When you are given a tool as part of a project, it is your responsibility to return that tool, cleaned, to its home on the farm.
The Red Barn
The Red Barn is home to our sheep and llamas. The straw and hay bales are stacked neatly upstairs and need to stay that way to preserve the bales. Please do not disturb the bales and piles of hay/straw. There are three fire extinguishers located in the Red Barn: two upstairs, at each entry on the railing as you get to the top of the stairs, and the third is at the bottom of the stairs on the east end of the barn.
The Fire Circle
Please RESPECT the ring of stones in the middle of the fire circle. Stay on the outside of these stones, even if there is no fire burning. The bell located near the fire circle is to be rung only to gather groups to the fire circle. If you hear the bell ringing, you must finish up what you’re doing and check in.
The Long Barn
The Long Barn encompasses many uses: it’s a kitchen and a wood working shop with a tool bench. Basic First Aid supplies are located in the cabinets to the left when you enter the Long Barn, in the kitchen area. Two fire extinguishers may be found at either end of the Long Barn—one above the kitchen sink and one mounted to the metal wall at the south end of the Long Barn open space.
- You may wash you hands with warm soapy water in the Long Barn. Cloth towels are located in the clear bin below the table in the center of the kitchen (unless one is already out).
- There is an electric stove to use. Please be sure the burners are all the way off after every use.
- Please clean up after yourself when you’ve finished using the Long Barn space.
- Please note that for sanitary reasons there are sponges for cleaning dishes (in the rectangular Tupperware container) and rags for cleaning surfaces (in the same clear bin as hand towels).
The Composting Outhouse (A.K.A. The Biffy)
- Please close both of the lids when you’re done going to the bathroom.
- Drop all paper into the hole, but please no tampon applicators or pads.
- Please throw diapers away in the Long Barn garbage.
- Notify a member of the Land School staff if the light in the Outhouse doesn’t come on (first make sure that you open the door wide enough and then close it all the way—this should trip the automatic light switch).
- When you are done, please lock the outhouse door with the latch on the outside.