Homestead Ecology

  • CoSer: 401.010
    Yajaira Herrera, Program Coordinator
    (516) 396-2264 - Scheduling
    (516) 626-1420 - Brookville site

    Homestead Ecology
    Homestead Ecology programs give students a hands-on learning experience through participation in Early American craft activities and the nature trail systems. With comparisons to modern day living, this program helps students to develop an appreciation of the colonial lifestyle and comparative technologies
    BV Log cabin    
    cider press

    Apple Cider Making (Fall Only):
    Using a cider press, students make apple cider and discuss the importance of the apple in the diet of the early settlers.
    blacksmith and anvil
    The blacksmith played an important role in the Early American community. Students are instructed in the techniques and tools used at the forge and have the opportunity to work on a group project.
    twig broom
    Broom making:
    Students construct an old-fashioned broom using natural materials including broomcorn (sorghum vulgaris), which was grown by early homesteaders.
    candle dipping
    Students make a traditional hand-dipped taper and learn the history and importance of candling in Colonial America.
    corn husk doll making
    Corn Husk Dolls:
    Students construct their own corn husk dolls while comparing their lives with children growing up on Long Island 100 years ago
    outdoor cooking
    Outdoor Cooking:
    Students prepare a recipe implementing techniques used by the early pioneers. Emphasis is placed on simple cooking techniques, fire building and safety.
    log cabin in snow
    Pioneer Construction - The Log Cabin:
    The techniques employed in constructing a log cabin and its furnishings are emphasized. Early American tools, such as axes, drawknives, gouges and adzes, are used.
    using a bow and drill
    Native Americans / Primitive Technologies:
    The skills, customs and games of Long Island's first inhabitants are explored through hands-on activities such as stalking, cooking, storytelling, and the use of primitive tools.