The 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm is a private, non-profit education center located just minutes from Hartford, off Route 185 in Bloomfield.
The mission of The 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm is to help youth and adults learn the importance of agriculture and its impact on their lives. People actively learn, through hands-on experiences, the science of the efficient production of plants and animals and the interrelationship of agriculture and the environment.
A partner with the University of Connecticut, College of Agriculture, the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm's programs are based on current scientific research. This 120-acre farm provides valuable hands-on experiences to more than 14,000 children throughout the year. Seasonal programs are offered to school classes, community groups, and the public in the Center's animal barn, gardens, farmland and orchards.
In this setting, students see cows, chickens and goats. They plant seeds, harvest apples, watch as sap is collected and make ice cream. Through interaction with educational staff, students learn how agricultural science affects everyday life.
Lessons on biology, biotechnology, horticulture and math address content standards and expected performances in science. These are based on the Connecticut State Department of Education Preschool Benchmarks and Core Science Curriculum Framework for students pre-K through high school.
Programs encourage critical thinking and curiosity, while providing all the concrete hands-on discovery experiences essential to motivate and inspire scientific literacy.