Renewable Energy

Kids have the big responsibility of being Planet Protectors.  Planet
Protectors are people that really care about our environment, and make
an effort to keep it clean.  Planet Protectors recycle what they can,
never litter, and make sure not to be energy hogs!


Petting Farm Staff at Taylor's 2 Recycling Centers

Remember to sort your recyclable items first, then take them to the Senior Center or DPW.

Click here to open a printable list of ways YOU can be a Planet Protector.   You may even want to put this list list on your refrigerator, so you can be reminded each day that taking care of our environment is important.  There are many ways that kids can be Planet Protectors, and following the suggestions on this list will get you started!

At the Heritage Park Petting Farm, we are being Planet Protectors by changing the way we get energy.

What is energy?

*  Energy can be light
*  Energy can be heat
*  Energy makes things move and grow
*  Energy runs machines
*  Energy is the power to do work 

          The kind of energy that we use every day in our homes (and here at the
farm) is electricity.  Electricity turns on lights, and powers things
like our TV, refrigerators, and other appliances.  Right now, most
people get electricity from power plants that burn coal.  Burning so
much coal over such a long period of time has made our environment
dirty and polluted our air.
          At the Heritage Park Petting
Farm, we want to get our energy from things that do not make the planet
dirty, and can be used over and over again.  This is called renewable
          To use renewable energy at the farm, we have
installed solar panels to get energy from the sun, and a wind turbine
to get energy from the wind.

          "Turby" our wind turbine, is 45' tall.  The turbine's blades spin on windy days, and the energy from the wind is converted into electricity that we can use on the farm to run our lights, computers, and other electrical appliances.  It is very quiet, and if you visit the farm, you can touch it and feel it vibrating.  Students on a Renewable Energy Field Trip

 Visit           Another source of natural, renewable energy is the sun.  The sun is always providing energy for the earth.  On top of the Visitor Center roof, we have 21 solar panels that absorb energy from the sun, and then turn it into electricity.  The solar panels even work on cloudy days!  Together, the wind turbine and solar panels give us almost half of the energy we need on the farm.

When we come to your school for a Renewable Energy Assembly, or when you visit the farm for a Renewable Energy Field Trip, you will see how renewable energy works, be able to participate in cool activities, and learn how you can be a Planet Protector.

On a Renewable Energy FIeld Trip, students learn how solar panels work by making observations while playing with solar toys.  

   During a Renewable Energy Assembly, educators Stephanie and Angela teach students at Eureka Heights how the wind Turbine works.