Ox-K's most powerful 3 to 4 hr. presentation... for so many children this is the first time they have experienced hands-on interaction with large animals. We use oxen to teach children about the impact that oxen had on American history, giving examples along the way on the role that oxen had throughout history.
The children learn what an ox is and how they are the same as other ruminants. They also learn how they differ from other animals. With a vast array of items pertaining to oxen on display, each child gets to look at and touch teeth, hooves, yokes and many other things associated with oxen and large animals.
While half the class remains in the classroom to watch a DVD on the history of oxen, the other half spends time outside with a teams of Brown Swiss oxen. The children are allowed to fully interact with these animals, help yoke the oxen and in turn, each child gets to drive a team of oxen. .
"Oxen in History" by appointment only
In Schools • Lectures • Presentations • Special Events
Amidst the picturesque backdrop of Prescott Farm in Laconia, Ox-K's Kathy Salanitro delivered her popular presentation on oxen. Attendees first gathered in the Samuel P. Pardoe building for a viewing of our video on oxen. From there, it was on to the historic barn, which sits on the Center's 106 acres, for a hands-on presentation on oxen. Young and old were allowed to interact with our four Brown Swiss oxen and all participants were encouraged to try their hand at driving a team of oxen. Pete and Rusty pull Tanner Hill Bridge into place.