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Experiential Education

Girl with Pony
Horseback Riding
Ropes course
Kids on the Farm


What is Waterford Country School’s Experiential Education Program?

The Experiential Education Center provides “hands-on” education and therapeutic opportunities for children placed in Waterford Country School programs, and for community participants of all ages. The Center was established to take advantage of the educational and therapeutic potential of Waterford Country School’s abundant natural resources and to make them more accessible to the local community.

Take this opportunity to learn more about our programs and activities. Our fillable application form located below, allows you to select what your programs and activities you'd like to participate in, as well as provide a timely estimate for your next group activity. When completed, email to Rick McPherson at rmcpherson@waterfordcs.org or fax to 860-442-2228.
pdf Application Form (Fillable PDF)

What  Does the Experiential Education Center Consist of?

  • Children’s Farm, an animal sanctuary that includes a variety of tame animals, from rabbits to llamas, a nature center, a hands-on classroom, a therapeutic horseback riding program, a small greenhouse, and a nature trail.
  • Rose Lodge, a rustic log cabin in the woods, available to the community for educational programs, meetings, or retreats.
  • Challenge Ropes Course, designed to adopt the philosophy of Project Adventure, the pioneer and leader in challenging adventure education for youth and adults. Using elements of Low Ropes and High Ropes Courses, the goal is to increase participants’ self-esteem and promote a sense of unity and mutual support in group activities. Please click on the links below to download and/or print the Challenge Ropes Course Forms:

pdf Guidelines for Ropes Course Participants

pdf Adventure Program - Applicant Information Form & Release of Liability

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a Federal and State licensed facility which offers a safe and humane haven where care is provided for sick or injured wild animals.

The innovative programs offered by the Experiential Education Center provide educational and personal growth experiences that are not available in a traditional classroom environment. Varying in duration from one hour to three days, these programs are available to schools, businesses, and community groups.

What Additional Services are Provided?

  • Educational Farm Tours
  • Vocational and Science Education
  • Mobile Farm Presentations
  • Therapeutic Horseback Riding
  • Project Adventure -  Challenge Ropes Activities
  • Staff Training and Team Building
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Resources

How Do I Schedule a Program of the Experiential Education Center?

Interested groups should contact the Center at 860-442-9454, x270. Individuals and groups are invited to contact the Center to discuss the programs that are available for community participation.

How Can the Community Help?

Financial support to Waterford Country School, designated for the Experiential Education Center or Wildlife Rehabilitation, and donations of animal feed, supplies, and labor are gratefully appreciated.

For More Information:

Experiential Education Program
Waterford Country School
78 Hunts Brook Road
Quaker Hill, CT 06375
P: 860-442-9454  x270
F: 860-442-2228