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.
Applying the 4 Respects at the Land School: Below are specific guidelines for being at the Land School. In general, the guiding principles for being here are based on the 4 Respects we use at Lake Country School:
- Respect for Yourself: Take care of your needs around water, sun protection and tick protection (more below), and understanding safety procedures.
- Respect for Others: We are a community of people, farm animals and plants and wild animals and plants. Awareness of others’ needs is helpful for the health and well-being of everyone (more about farm animals and plants below).
- Respect for the Materials: To maintain excellent programming and learning and living spaces at the Land School, we have a variety of tools we use. If you’re using a tool, keep track of it, and make sure it’s cleaned and returned to its proper location after use.
- Respect for the Environment: This respect is the big picture of living well at the Land School and on this Earth. We have our needs and those of others’ in our awareness, plus the care of our tools in mind. Now we get to consider the forest (literally and figuratively), looking beyond the individual tree. Whether you’re using the Long Barn, the Homestead or out in the woods, ask yourself, “How can I leave this space better than how I found it?”
For Your Safety:
- Parents are responsible for their children at all times. Children Elementary age and younger must always be able to see an adult and vice versa. Junior High age students who are familiar with the Land School and who have at least one buddy may go into buildings and for hikes unaccompanied as long as an adult is informed of their whereabouts.
- The A-Field (behind the Homestead) is a great place for running since the surface is mostly flat and free of obstacles. Consider this space for frisbee and other running games.
- We require that you wear shoes in case of nails, glass, etc. that may be in the grass or soil. The roads aren’t often traveled, but some vehicles drive speedily, so use road awareness here.
Ticks: Ticks are a reality at the Land School. Employing Respect for Yourself is important to prevent tick-borne illnesses:
- Deet can be effective as a repellent to ticks, though it’s not indicated for use on young children
- Natural sprays can be effective as long as they are frequently applied throughout the day
- Tucking pants into socks/boots don’t prevent ticks from landing on you, but it is useful for preventing them from crawling up pant legs and for seeing them on you before they can reach skin
- Showering and changing clothes at the end of the day is effective for getting unembedded ticks off
- Tick checks: Check yourself and help others check for ticks after spending time outside
- The bell is used to gather people at the Fire Circle. It’s a tool for communicating to large groups and at a distance.
- Please stay on the outside of the ring of stones.
Red Barn Use: UPDATE (as of Spring 2018):
- The upstairs of the Red Barn is off-limits until further notice. Talk to your LS Liaison with any questions.
- There are 3 fire extinguishers in the Red Barn: one to the right of the entry and two at the top of the stairs on either end of the Barn.
- A.K.A. outdoor bathrooms. They are located behind the oak tree behind the farmhouse.
- Only toilet paper and wood shavings are added to the toilet. Use the small garbage can in the biffy for small items or take larger items (i.e. diapers) to a larger garbage bin.
- Extra toilet paper is in the blue bin in the right stall.
- Please close the toilet lid and lock the door behind you as you leave.
Farm Animals: Use the Respect for Others as a guide for interacting with the animals, including:
- Approach, observe and interact with our four-leggeds in a calm and quiet manner. Loud sounds and fast movements are stressful to them and bad for their health.
- Observation and calm talking to them are the best ways for them to get comfortable around you.
- Interact with animals outside of their Pen or Coop areas, unless otherwise instructed by a Land School staff member.
- Do not feed the animals without instruction from Land School staff.
- Overfeeding can be harmful to their health, even causing death.
- In the warmer months, be aware that there’s an electric fence that surrounds the rotating pasture.
- Wash your hands after visiting with the animals.
Specific to Llama/Sheep:
- Don’t go into the Pen areas, unless otherwise instructed by a Land School staff member.
- Taking a handful of hay from the hay box (large wooden box located outside of the Pen) and offering that to them is great!
- If Precious (the llama) is in the Barn, walk slowly towards her, hands behind back, turn any brimmed caps around, and offer her the top of your head to sniff. When she blows on you, it’s a llama ‘kiss’. If you get one, you’re lucky!
Specific to the Guineas/Chickens:
- Food scraps (except chicken) can be fed to the chickens and Guineas in front to the left of their little door.
- Check in with a Land School staff member about going into the Coop, and about the potential for collecting eggs!
- If you are collecting eggs, be aware that some hens do not want their eggs collected. Wear a glove in this case, if you’d like, and be sure not to get your head too close to the nest box.
- When/if you open any door while visiting the Coop, please make sure you have closed the door securely when you leave.
Long Barn Use: In the Long Barn, you’ll find:
- Handwashing sink and paper towels (Biffies do have hand sanitizer pumps)
- 1st Aid bin located above the sink to the left in the cupboard
- Dish rack and sponges (in cupboard)
- Stovetop with 4 burners (oven is NOT operational- do not use)
- Refrigerator with freezer
- Large table for serving food
- Tablecloths, cleaning rags & garbage bags under large table in a plastic bin
- Recycling and trash receptacles
- Fire extinguishers are located at either end of the main space: 1 above the handwashing sink and one near the third stall door
Trash, Recycling and Compost: Please take all bagged garbage, compost and recycling out.
- Full trash bags go to the dumpster located inside the wooden fence by the yard light at the Homestead.
- Food scraps (except chicken) can be collected in the 5-gallon pail made available at both the Homestead and the Long Barn. These should be emptied in front of the Chicken Coop at the Farmstead.
- Note: The pail system works great. It helps us keep chickens away from where we eat and discourages them from getting used to taking food during meal time. They can get quite assertive!
- Recycling bins for clean items are outside the Homestead near the Kitchen exit, but we really appreciate it if you take your recycling back with you – you can recycle much more in the Cities.
Emergency Info: Severe summer weather:
- Your liaison will help you in monitoring weather. Sirens are not heard here, so being attentive will most benefit you. Move to your nearest shelter. At the Homestead, go to the Basement, to a room without windows-the Mechanical Room, Laundry Room or Pantry. At the Farmstead, go to the Farmhouse basement.
- Call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
- If you use your cell phone or the landline at either the Homestead (Kitchen and Office) or the Farmstead (living room), ask for the DUNN COUNTY CALL CENTER.
- After activating emergency medical services, please be in communication with your staff liaison.
- If you are unsure of what to do, please be in communication with your staff liaison!
- Our nearest hospital is in New Richmond- Westfields Hospital, ~30 minutes west of the Land School:
- 535 Hospital Road, New Richmond, WI 54017; (715) 243-2600
- 1st Aid kits are available to tend to minor 1st Aid needs:
- Homestead: in the Kitchen to the right of the hand washing sink (band-aids, gauze, and tape)
- Farmstead: in the Long Barn near handwashing sink in the white cupboard (band-aids, gauze, and tape, among other needs)