F.R.E.S.H. (Flat Rock’s Exceptional Sandburg Helpers)

— Written By Sue Janowiak

girl leading a goatF.R.E.S.H. (Flat Rock’s Exceptional Sandburg Helpers) is a service learning experience for youth ages 11 – 15. FRESH participants volunteer for a regular weekly 3-hour shift at the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in Flat Rock during the summer. As FRESH members, children learn about Mrs. Sandburg’s famous dairy herd, how to care of the goats, and about the park itself. During their shift, they visit with park guests, care for the goats, help maintain the barn and walk the goats.

As part of their experience, youth learn how to show goats in a livestock show, and interested FRESH members may get to show the Sandburg goats at the Mountain State Fair in September.

To apply to be a FRESH member, youth need to submit an application directly to the National Park Service at the Carl Sandburg Home. Sign up early in the year for this popular program. Call the park at 693-4178 for an application. At the end of the summer, participants and their families are invited to an awards program where each FRESH member is recognized.

showing goats at Mountain State Fair