Located in Nelsonville, Ohio in the heart of the Hocking Hills, sits Robbins Crossing Historical Village, a hub of history that reenacts what life was like in Southeastern Ohio from 1830 until 1880.
Robbins Crossing hosts programming and events throughout the year designed to share a love for Appalachian arts, crafts, and culture. Previous events have included Blacksmithing Workshops, Basket Weaving Classes, and Log Cabin Building Techniques. Robbins Crossing has also hosted other events such as the Nelsonville Music Festival, Hocking College Homecoming and Thunder in the Valley.
Since its inception, the Parks and Museum Education Program at Hocking College has become renowned for training experienced, confident and talented educators.
As a student in the Parks and Museum Education Program, you will be trained to educate others about the environment and human connections to it.
Classes use the backdrop of Southeastern Ohio to extract stories of interest in the natural world and the history of nearby areas. Emphasis is placed on practical experience, leading programs with groups of all kinds, exhibit design and development of interpretive sites. You will also receive unique training in researching and developing living history subjects and techniques.
Agroecology uses the study of ecology to evaluate the productivity of agricultural systems. This includes the dynamics between technological advances, biophysical interactions, socioeconomic relationships, and the geology/geomorphology of a region.
Use of local resources, conservation and preservation of the environment and efficiency (saving both money and resources) are the goal for success in farming via Agroecology. This is ideal for a small farm in areas that may suffer economically or have limited natural resources (due to over-use, difficult terrain, or small parcels of land available).
Choosing unique crops or animals, such as varieties of hops, heirloom seed varieties, organic crops, antibiotic-free livestock (goats, sheep, emu, cattle), wool (sheep, llama, alpaca), winter-hardy grapes (that can be sold to local wineries) are all examples of the interesting and profitable choices for small farming.