Come visit us! Get an introductory look at our programs in action as we offer walk-throughs one Wednesday of each month! 2019 dates: January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, and May 1. Pre-register, please!
Join us for this beautiful day of activities promoting peace, love, and joyful embrace of community on our East Montpelier campus. Storytelling and puppet shows! Paint clay hearts, felt with wool, learn to fold origami, make Valentine's, and more! Snow cave, bonfire, and our ever-popular Cake Game! Yummy and nourishing food in our café, too!
No admission charge; fees for activities.
Please note: The horse-drawn sleigh rides have been cancelled due to icy conditions in the fields.
The ORCHARD VALLEY FARM STAND begins Friday, September 7 at pickup — 2:50pm to 3:15pm.
Location: The south side of the grades building near the basketball hoops, East Montpelier Grace Farm Campus.
Run by the 7th grade students, who planned, planted and tended to the garden. The proceeds will go toward a farm/garden project chosen by the class.
The start of school is just around the corner! The School Warming is a tradition at Orchard Valley where parents, faculty, and staff gather as a community to honor the physical space of our school and set good intentions for our children this coming year. We look forward to sharing this special ceremony together.
Join us for four lovely summer Friday mornings on our East Montpelier Grace Farm Campus for this Parent/Child Class for children who are beginning walkers up to 3 years. See Morning Garden for details about the class. Download the Registration Form right here!
Summer Garden dates: June 15, June 22, July 13, and July 20, 9:30am to 11:30am.
A celebration for Morning Garden families, new Apple Blossom families, and our new Apple Blossom teacher, Marianne Perchlik!
Visit the campus, talk with teachers, and learn why Orchard Valley students are so happy to come to school each day!
Our Main Campus in East Montpelier offers two mixed-age Kindergarten classes, including Farm & Forest, and Grades 1-8.
Screening of award-winning film by filmmaker Delaney Ruston, M.D.
Location: Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street
Sponsored by Orchard Valley. Donations collected at the door. All Welcome!
Attendees will break into small discussion groups following the one-hour film.
Our Annual Auction will be Online March 16-23 this year, culminating in a very special Cabaret & Silent Auction (with select items) at the Fresh Tracks Winery Tasting Room on Saturday, March 24, 7:30pm to 10pm.
ONLINE AUCTION bidding begins Friday, March 16 at 8am!
The Orchard Valley Annual Auction starts ONLINE this Friday, March 16, at 8am!
Bidding ends Friday, March 23, at 5pm.
So many great items--from dinner out to massage, camps, compost, art, and MORE!
Join David Sobel and Jen Kramer for an inspiring evening sharing about the research and stories from immersing children in nature.
Learn how the values of Waldorf education and outdoor learning are a powerful pairing, and build a toolbox of how to scale back the affects of our technological lives with the gifts of Mother Nature.
We can learn ways to teach math, science, history, literature, movement and more in a holistic fashion and find ways to meet and mitigate the global challenges we now face with joy and understanding, instead of fear. David Maynard, former OVWS Movement teacher and longtime homesteader, will present an educational vision that uses academic studies, physical skills and play to addresses sustainability issues.
Join us at the East Montpelier Campus for this conversation.
During the week of December 4, the Early Childhood and early Grades classes will walk the Winter Spiral, guided by their 5th grade angels, to honor the darkness and welcome back the light. We welcome OVWS alumni, friends, and extended community to walk the Winter Spiral on Thursday, December 7 at 5:45pm. Please join us in filling the darkness with light.
Join OVWS faculty for this inspiring morning ON THE LAND. Everyone is welcome! Get a taste of our Farm & Forest mixed-age kindergarten program and our new afternoon curriculum for grades students through a series of workshops, beginning at 10am. Preregistration requested! Learn more...
Join us one evening a month, January through May, to discuss timely topics. Public welcome; free of charge. Our May presentation will focus on the 4 Temperments, what they are and the role they play in educating our children! Learn more...
Come visit us! Get an introductory look at our programs in action as we offer walk-throughs one Wednesday of each month! Next one: May 17. Preregistration required.
Join us for this Parent Education Evening in Montpelier where we'll talk with Dr. Richard Freed, author of Wired Child. Learn more...
Learn the basics of fruit tree pruning with Joseph Ferris. Whether you're taking care of young seedlings or wrangling in that grandmother apple tree in your backyard, this class will teach and demonstrate tools and techniques to meet the goals of both the trees and the humans in your orchard.