youth sustainability and energy tours
Bring your class, camp, your group of home-schoolers, or any handful of kids K-12 to “The Plant” for a sustainability tour. Each year we welcome students and families by the busload.
Our Youth Sustainability Tours cover the latest topics in renewable energy and local food including:
- Green Building - Strawbale construction, passive solar design, The Abundance Foundation’s “Office of the Future”, photovoltaics & solar thermal applications in action
- Biofuels - learn how biodiesel is made from french fry grease!
- Aquaponics - learn about how tilapia (an herbivorous white fish) can be raised with duckweed (a plant that grows in the water)
- Sustainable Agriculture - Solar double cropping, hydroponic vegetable production, constructed wetlands where water is cleaned before returning to the environment & biodiversity plantings
- Healing and Medicinal Herbs- Learn what to do when you get a bee sting, or need to study or have a stomach ache!
On our Kid’s Sustainability Tours, Piedmont Biofuels teaches the kids about biodiesel, solar energy, conservation, aquaponics, and local economy. The second half of the tour is with Farmer Doug Jones, who leads the students up and down the bountiful rows of his farm to explore the incredible biodiversity needed to sustainably grow and harvest food for the community. After the tour, kids and chaperones alike gain a greater sense of where our food and energy comes from and why renewable energy and sustainable agriculture are integral to a balanced and healthy future in Chatham County.
Go home with tons of new and exiting knowledge and a special Eco-Industrial Plant Puzzle to remember your experience on Lorax Lane!
The Children’s Sustainability Tours target K-12 students, camps and families of all kinds. Tours typically last 1-2 hours depending on grade level, and content can be tailored by tourguides and instructors to suit the grade level as well as the focus of the classroom curriculum.
The plant has a playground for little kids, a garden sized chess game, and a swing set for the larger crowd.
Each visitor to the Plant is guaranteed to leave thinking differently about renewable energy, local food, and inspired community. That’s our mission. It’s what we do. And we feel we might as well bring the kids along for the ride.
suggested donation is $5 a person
We’d like to thank the following for their support this year:
- The Rolander Family Foundation
- Clif Bar Familiy Foundation
- Women of Fearrington