Earthworks is an environmental learning center sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Dedicated to demonstrating and teaching the interconnectedness of all species on our fragile Earth, Earthworks offers a place of education, beauty and demonstration.
Earthworks was begun in 1988 by a dedicated group of individuals whose hope was to model responsible and sustainable living. Over time, the mission of Earthworks evolved into a multi-faceted educational endeavor. Based on the belief that education is a critical element in the effort to protect our fragile planet, Earthworks began offering programs for adults and children. Today, Earthworks offers a rich variety of programs, all directed by the belief that people can learn to live in harmony with our Earth.
The Earthworks campus is rich in natural ecosystems as well as in man-made opportunities to grow in appreciation for the world of nature. There are wetlands, a forest environment, riparian zone, and restored prairie areas. In addition, Earthworks has herb and vegetable gardens, a large teaching greenhouse, and a variety of domestic farm animals.
Our Core Values
We believe that our four core values flow from joyful service to all, especially the needy and underserved. These values are Openness to the Spirit, Community, Simplicity, and Dignity and Respect for all.