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In 1996, Lake Country School (LCS) purchased 160 acres of land in Dunn County, Wisconsin. The beautiful site includes a farmstead, forests, fields, ravines, and ponds. We have developed an extensive trail system, thriving beehives, maple sugaring, and an apple orchard. In 2004, a lodge was built which serves as classroom, kitchen, dining hall, living space, and dorm rooms.

The development of the Land School's program fulfills LCS’s vision of implementing Maria Montessori's Erdkinder experience for adolescents and is an integral part of a full Montessori Junior High education. The Land School also augments the classroom experiences of our primary and elementary students, serves as an ideal environment for summer programs and is a valuable resource for the LCS community in developing a deep relationship with the land over an extended period of time.

The Lake Country Land School follows these values and principles:

  • We are organic farmers and stewards of the land.
  • We seek a sustainable, harmonious balance between domesticated and wild areas in nature.
  • We value simplicity, order, beauty, and the practice of restoring and recycling before building anew.
  • We recognize and articulate the inherent sacredness of the earth and the child's opportunity to experience it.
  • We seek to realize meaningful relationships between urban and rural life.
  • We value the work of the hand and the land and create experiences that help children explore and discover these connections.

Visit the Lake Country Land School blog to read more about our rural campus.

Land School Solar Panels
How much energy is transformed today? Why? Is it cloudy? Did it snow? How much energy is captured with the increase of sunlight? The solar array situated in the Hillside Garden at the Farmstead was installed in January 2020. In partnership with Next Step Energy, we have a website that you can keep tabs on how our array is doing, how much energy is coming through. You can even look at the individual panels to see how much is contributed by each!

Land School Time Web
In the fall of 2020, the LCS Junior High students and staff were immersed in a week-long experience at the Land School, a starting point on a journey to learn more about the history of this land and all the people who have called it home. This timeweb is the culmination of the research that students did to continue their learning – a web instead of a line, to recognize that we are in constant relationship with other people and living beings, past and present, and the events of the past continue to affect the land, communities, and each of us today.

We acknowledge this land as ancestral and traditional Dakota and Anishinaabe land, ceded by the Anishinaabe in 1837 as a result of U.S. government pressure. As we continue to learn about the land, the history, the present, and the act of publicly acknowledging the land, we commit ourselves to a process of ongoing relationship building and learning, and we strive to develop programs, policies, and actions to combat indigenous erasure and honor treaties moving forward, in the ways we can as a school. We welcome you to join us on this journey and look forward to continuing the conversation.

Link to the Timeweb: https://prezi.com/view/LrKEsRPuNuZdFWNCXCuT/

 

How to and Protocols for Visiting the Land School During COVID-19

Signing Up for a Visit to the Land School

In consultation with the Dunn County Health Department, we welcome visitors on a limited basis to the Land School at this time. Click here to sign up for a visit!

We are able to accommodate visits of 1-2 families per day. 

Land School Visits During COVID-19

  • If you or your children (or anyone else you’ve come into contact with) are sick, follow the basic health guideline of staying home. We will happily schedule a different date for your visit.
  • Please bring your own masks for use to ensure appropriate social distancing.
  • All buildings are closed at this time. This includes the Red Barn and the Coop. 
  • Biffies are available for bathroom use (see instructions for Biffy Use below).

Planning Your Visit

Please link to the Planning Your Visit document to view the possibilities for your Land School visit!

Note: It’s helpful for us to know if you’d like the option of doing a work project (for weekday visits) or time with Doug (Wednesdays and Fridays), and what time you hope to arrive on the day of your visit.

Biffy Use

If you need to use a bathroom, there are two composting toilets located at the Farmstead near the Red Barn.

Directions for using the Biffy:

  1. “Flush” the composting toilet with a scoop of wood shavings from the bucket. (Only human waste, toilet paper and shavings belong in the toilet. All other wastes go into the small garbage provided.)
  2. Close the toilet lid, when finished using the toilet.
  3. Sanitize your hands after using the bathroom while you’re still inside the Biffy with the provided hand sanitizer in the stall.
  4. Please lock the Biffy door from the outside when exiting.

 

These instructions are also posted at the Biffies.