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.
Effective May 4th: We are able to accommodate visits of 1-2 families per day.
Please contact us at mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in coordinating a visit.
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).
In adherence to the Wisconsin Safer at Home order, please plan appropriately to minimize any stops on your way to and from the Land School.
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.
If you need to use a bathroom, there are two composting toilets located at the Farmstead near the Red Barn.
Effective Monday, May 4th: Families will be assigned one Biffy stall to use for the duration of their visit.
Directions for using the Biffy:
- “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.)
- Close the toilet lid, when finished using the toilet.
- Sanitize your hands after using the bathroom while you’re still inside the Biffy with the provided hand sanitizer in the stall.
- Please lock the Biffy door from the outside when exiting.
These instructions are also posted at the Biffies.
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 homestead 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!