The Nature Explore Classroom at Baxter Barn
Baxter Barn has created a unique opportunity where visitors can learn and share in rich, hands on experiences.
Cory Huskinson and his family demonstrate sustainability and conservation throughout this beautiful and historic landscape.
The farm, which began in 1875, is an integral part of farming history in the Snoqualmie Valley. People of all ages gather here to explore the historic barn, see returning Coho salmon traversing the streams, and spend time together in this area of Washington. It is a one-of-a kind experience; a personal, up-close and hands-on view of "life on the farm."
The design of this Nature Explore Classroom was influenced and personalized by information gathered from the local county, colleges and Conservation Districts. Using recycled and natural materials throughout their space, historic items are given new uses. Old fence boards were used for area signs and an array of other purposes throughout the farm.
Native plants and bird boxes
The farm greenhouse grows plants for the garden and native plants to restore the creek bank. Bird boxes and other nesting and feeding stations are scattered throughout the farm.
The roofs collect rainwater that is used to water animals and plants on the farm. This saves natural resources and also saves Baxter Barn a substantial amount of cost.
Cow bells, sticks and water cans have been incorporated into the Music and Movement Area. Books, clipboards and writing utensils give children the opportunity to reflect and put onto paper some of their experiences in nature. Donkeys, chickens, ducks, rabbits, pheasants and horses may be found throughout the farm. The classroom is well maintained with wide paths and is kept clean and organized for visitor enjoyment. Family involvement continues with monthly open houses, field trips and private tours.