Hello all! I’m here to ask for the input of all you wonderful forum members about a project my husband and I are considering.
We’ve been blessed to live on a 250-acre Central Texas ranch. It’s an amazing place with meadows, creeks, ponds, woods, trails, and incredible wildlife. But the best feature by far is the amazing dark night sky which reveals the majesty of the Milky Way and thousands upon thousands of stars!
It’s been our pleasure and privilege to invite friends and family to this peaceful place and we’ve always enjoyed sharing our knowledge of the plants, animals, and night sky here. Children especially seem wrapped by my discussion of the Native Americans who once lived on this ranch while showing them the arrowheads we’ve found.
Recent world events have created a situation for us in which it’s time to “pivot” with regard to our careers. We’d like to build an Airbnb type cabin and invite homeschool families to stay on the ranch for a fee. The idea is that they would enjoy the serenity and solitude of this big, beautiful place and I would offer nature walks, guided stargazing, and lessons in botany, geology, astrology, and the history of this land. The focus would be elementary aged kids but everyone would be welcome of course.
Truth-seeking families with eager learners could collect their own farm fresh eggs, see a calf nursing, fish and cook their catch over an open fire, participate in photo scavenger hunts, and other outdoorsy fun and learning activities. Also, within an hour of here are excellent museums, zoos, state parks, planetariums, sports venues, and many other educational enrichment opportunities.
So, my question for you all…. (before we spend a small fortune creating the cabin and learning pavilion), does this sound like something you, as a homeschooling family, would spend time and money on? Do you think there is a market for this idea?
A sincere thanks in advance to those who’ve take the time to read and respond! (Edited to make clear that all-belief homeschool families would be welcomed)