Environmental Living Center (ELC)

Environmental Living Center (ELC)

2018 Season

ELC Training

 Wednesday, April 25
6:00pm – 8:00pm

ELC Training

Saturday, April 28
9:00am – 3:00pm

Encampment Availability:  Any 3 days – May & June

For more information, availability dates or other questions about the program, contact groupvisits@1771.org.

Program Details

History of the Program

The 18th Century Environmental Living Program at Claude Moore Colonial Farm was established in 1976 to provide students an opportunity to live and experience the colonial period as represented at the living history farm. In this multidisciplinary, curriculum-based program students learn history, environmental science, and agricultural practices and processes through the cultural laboratory of an 18th century farm.


What training is available?

In order to participate during the calendar year, at least 3 adults in each group must attend the mandatory training in late April. Training takes place on a Wednesday evening and all day the following Saturday. At least 3 adult leaders in each group must have attended this training, and at least 1 adult leader must have attended during the current year. By completing the training you assume complete responsibility for both supervision of your group while they are on the Farm’s property and the care of the ELC, its equipment and adherence to the program rules. Please email  groupvisits@1771.org to obtain the application form for ELC leader training.


Who participates?

This Program is designed for school, scout and community groups. Groups will often work for months ahead of time, preparing for their overnight experience. The staff of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm is not involved in each group’s program; rather, we train the adults in each group, who then lead their own groups. Both children and adults sleep on straw in cotton tents, cook meals over an open fire and learn skills necessary to life in Virginia in 1771, such as spinning wool, woodworking, leather working, candle making, butter churning, bread and cheese making, and sewing.


Where is this located?

The Environmental Living Center for the program is adjacent to, but not visible from, the office area of The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run. Directions can be found on the Farm’s main webpage, www.1771.org.

What does each group need to bring?

  • Consumables (toilet paper, fire wood, food, straw, craft supplies, lime, and more; a complete list is provided at the training)
  • 18th century clothing


What is provided?

  • Pavilion shelter, storage building, root cellar, cook fire pits, potable water
  • Cooking utensils, eating utensils, some tools (draw knife, saw, wooden mallets, chisels, shovels, rakes)
  • Wool blankets, cotton tents and support poles


What is the cost?

  • For the adult training: $75 per person
  • For the overnight program: $12 per person (minimum of 25)


How many can be in each group?

  • Minimum: 25
  • Maximum: 45


When can we do this?

The ELC  is open 7 days a week, during May and June. Groups reserve their overnight dates on a first-come, first-served basis by using this reservation request form.  Your request will be confirmed by email. If you are interested in the training dates for the 2017 season, please email groupvisits@1771.org.

If you are interested in an overnight program but are not part of a group, we offer the Colonial Living Experience program for individuals and families.