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  • Pre-K/Kindergarten | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    parents and even grandparents that encourage the children to participate in the program and value the connections that the students are making to their natural world Our program would not continue to grow unless we had such loyal parents and students Keep an eye out for Fall Semester pictures on our Facebook page Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center Our next semester is our Fall Winter Bridge Program for children age 3 11 which starts December 3 rd 4 th and ends Dec 17 th 18 th It runs for 3 weeks and is a great way to bridge the gap between our Fall and Winter Semesters as well as try out our classes to see if you are interested in pursuing participation in future programs Registration is available on our website Our Winter 8 week Semester starts January 21 st 22 nd and ends March 11 th 12 th Registration for the Winter Semester will start around December 22 nd Our 8 week Spring Semester will begin April 1 st 2 nd and ends May 20 th 21 st Registration information is always distributed via Constant Contact emails and Facebook Posted in Homeschool Lower Level Homeschool Pre K Kindergarten Programs Upper Level Homeschool Tagged environmental education Fernbrook Farms homeschool nature Pre K Kindergarten Recent Posts Ms Jenna s Top 5 Young Stewards Summer 2014 Adventures 2014 Fall Pre K Kindergarten Homeschool Semester Letter From Farmer Q Categories About the Farm 28 Camps 29 Fall Break Camp 2 Family Programs 3 Fiddlehead Summer Camp 14 Friends of Fernbrook 3 Homeschool 10 How You Can Help 7 Lower Level Homeschool 4 Newsletter 44 Partnerships 8 Pre K Kindergarten Programs 1 Press Releases 5 Programs 18 Scholarships 1 School Field Trips 4 Scout Group Programs 1 Spring Break Camp 3 Uncategorized 37 Unit

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  • About The Farm | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    Farms Young Steward Summer Camp I am very impressed with the canoe skills of the 5 campers They took to the river like naturals If they keep up this momentum throughout the rest of the week it will be a very relaxing and enjoyable trip for us all The 4 girls are getting along fabulously and Andrew is not intimidated at all about being the only male camper Roasted hot dogs on the campfire were delicious I m glad all of the campers seemed to enjoy them We may be getting some thunder storms tonight but things are all locked down at camp and hopefully the storms help drop the temperature I can t wait to see how the next few days turn out Ms Jenna July 8 2014 9 10pm Today we started our canoe trip to the Delaware Water Gap It was a couple of hours but we managed to not fall asleep in the van The canoeing was fun but I think we were all really tired and wanted to get to our campsite Besides the fact that our backs kind of hurt we all had an awesome time Well I got to get to bed its storming now BYE Steph Huseby July 9 2014 8 20pm This morning we started our 2 nd day of the canoe trip We canoed 11 miles but we sand and played games to keep from being bored We left our campsite at 9 15am When we got to tonight s campsite it instantly started raining and Kayla and I ran to the Port a Potty We were dry and everyone else was soaked After that we just swam in the river Okay I have to go play camouflage P S I accidently threw a rock at Kayla s face but she is OK Steph Huseby July 9 2014 9 00pm We started off the day with oatmeal and some fruit Surprisingly we got out on time We canoed for 8 miles until we stopped for lunch After that we traveled another 4 miles until we reached our campsite Once we got there it started to rain REALLY HARD Steph and I hid in the port a potty until the storm passed everyone else was soaked Later we went swimming in cold water For dinner we had spaghetti and vegetables Kayla Golas July 9 2014 9 53pm Today we started day 2 of our trip We canoed a total of 11 miles and by the end of the day we were all ready for some relaxing There was quite a rainstorm when we got to the campsite and I was soaked to the point it looked like I just came out of the river We ended up just swimming anyway Once it started to get dark we played camouflage and man hunt until we got tired enough to chill in the tent which is what we are doing now Elyse Whary July 9 2014 10 00pm We woke up this morning at 7am after a night of rain and a wet tent Breakfast was oatmeal with syrup and trail mix which I have never had before We were back on the water by 9 15am and canoed about 11 miles in all We stopped for lunch and had peanut butter jelly and fluff sandwiches fluff another great new food We arrived at our second campsite earlier than we expected just in time for a hardcore rainstorm We concluded our day with swimming pasta camouflage and man hunt Sophie Mann Shafir July 10 2014 7 15 pm The last two days have been more than adventurous with nightly rains and a good deal of thunder and lightning Our Stewards have really bonded through it all finding lots of way to keep each other entertained and always laughing The 4 young ladies and Andrew have gotten along fabulously For the most part all 5 have embraced their responsibilities whether canoeing washing dishes or pitching tents Every view of the river banks has been extraordinary from both sides Tonight we found an interesting campground close to the river with really cool hiking trails in every direction Right now Ms Jenna is preparing a fire with wood that we managed to keep dry through the afternoon rains We need the fire for popcorn and maybe even some s mores It s so peaceful watching the gentle river flowing downstream what an experience Mr Doug July 10 2014 7 30pm I went to the bathroom in the woods I saw a lot of ducks I wish I could take a shower Right now we re going to have s mores I love camping in the woods Andrew Cosolaro July 10 2014 8 30pm Today we had a bit of a late start but once we got started we moved quite fast At breakfast Ms Jenna was nice enough to make us some delicious pancakes We canoed for a long time but it went by fast We managed to tear through two bags of chips just before lunch All of us decided to race when we were kind of close to eating lunch Steph and I were in last but soon passed everyone and pulled through to first place After lunch we piffled for a few more miles until we stopped somewhere We were very hot by this point and jumped right in the water At the campsite we swam some more and then we had fajitas for dinner Kayla Golas July 10 2014 9 20pm Today was our 3 rd day out of 4 days of canoeing It was the most we traveled out of all the days but we made it go by quick by singing We also had a race Kayla and I came in first place Then we ate lunch After that we just swam with our clothes on then we got to the campsite Steph Huseby July 10 2014 9 56pm Today was our third day and our last night camping on the Delaware We had delicious pancakes for breakfast and got off to a fast start We canoed around 11 12 miles today and I got pretty bad sunburn by the end of the day We were cleaning dishes and I got distracted by Ms Jenna and I fell into poison ivy OH NO It s okay now Sophie helped me We made fajitas for dinner and s mores and popcorn as our post dinner snack Andrew left the tent and we were silent and Ms Jenna shouts Are you peeing by my tent and we all started dying laughing and Andrew clearly was peeing near the tent We are as of right now eating astronaut ice cream supplied by me P S We changed in a cornfield yesterday Elyse Whary July 10 2014 10 10pm Ms Jenna woke us up at 7am again today but it took us a half hour to actually get up We then had some great pancakes and left our second campsite We canoed 11 12 miles again stopping on the way for snack where Mr Doug flipped over in the kayak lunch where we had PBJ F again and Smithfield Access where we swam Elyse and I got left behind at some point but they waited for us and we eventually caught up We finally got to our last campsite which is poison ivy covered but nice We swam again and then had ANOTHER rainstorm For dinner we had fajitas vegetables popcorn and s mores Now I m in the tent with Elyse Kayla Steph and Andrew We are having a great time eating astronaut ice cream and laughing incredibly hard Sophie Mann Shafir July 11 2014 11 45am Today was our last day canoeing on the Delaware River We just got to our extraction point and it has been great this whole time despite the raccoons last night which kept us up for a long time We finished our last few intense miles in the hot sun and I m happy and sad at the same time that it is over We made a lot of memories during the last four days and I sure had a great time I made a whole bunch of new friends from actual people to the caterpillar to the raccoons outside our tent I m sad this is my last canoe trip but now I can help around Fernbrook as a volunteer staff member July 11 2014 12 05pm This morning we had great pancakes again I saw a family of geese We are now waiting for Harry to come here with our lunch After we eat and pack the van up we will head back to Fernbrook and on the way we will stop at Rita s YUM Andrew July 11 2014 12 40pm Last night as we were going to bed we heard splashes and crashes coming from down by the river It turned out to be raccoons sorting through our canoes Our tent was kept awake until 2 30am trying to scare away the raccoons In the morning we were all exhausted but excited for another pancake breakfast We canoed our last 4 miles and had lunch at the end We we re in the car on the way back from an AWESOME trip Sophie Mann Shafir July 11 2014 12 50pm Last night we were getting ready to go to bed Suddenly we heard noises in the river We suddenly thought RACOONS As we got in our sleeping bags and we settled in we heard Kayla scream Get away Get away get away She said she saw raccoons I was restless throughout the night and was scared of the raccoons We are now driving home Steph Huseby July 11 2014 1 00pm Last night we had some unexpected guests When we were about to go to bed we heard splashes and sticks snapping Later after we thought the things went away something came near our tent Soon I saw a shadow of a raccoon and it had started to claw at the tent I screamed GET AWAY until it ran off down the hill That night we had very choppy sleep because none of us could really sleep Today we had breakfast packed and then went on our way We took our time canoeing but it still went by fast Harry our driver brought us lunchmeat and bread and snacks for lunch and soon we were on the road Kayla Golas Posted in About the Farm Camps Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program Nature Poetry by Upper Level Homeschool Students Posted on April 28 2014 by Jenna Ms Pam s Upper Level Homeschool class started their Ecology semester by nature poems Here are a few examples of the students poetry Bonds and Relationships Nature is so full Of bonds and relationships Look around and see The soil helps the grass grow The robin eats the worm Thirsting plants drink melted snow From snowy blizzard storms To build a dam a beaver chews Apart an old birch tree Which is now a home for fungi To live so happily The soil helps the grass grow Thirsting plants drink melted snow The wind helps the water flow That s what nature is Nature is so full Of bonds and relationships Look around and see Emily Just Break It Down A last minute poem by Jack Barlow Just break it down Just break it down Leaves trees and rocks turn into ground Moss on the trees Moss on the trees Facing to ords the north So it doesnt lose its leaves WORMS WORMS WORMS Eating through the soil Vibrations they can sense that makes them really tense and when they run away they wont see another ray becuase the Robin folied the day I kinda rushed to do this I cannot tell a lie It s really kinda foolish But i learned a bunch of stuff that day at Fernbrook about the biotic and a biotic life forms That didnt ryhme Oops Nature Cinquains Daft duck Colorful carefree Swimming flying quaking As he moves around the dirty pond Wild duck Silence Stillness peaceful Chirping pecking rustling Listening to the forest sounds Roaring Sunshine Hot bright yellow Shines on us happily Beautiful friend of all creatures Day star Earthworms Slimy icky Dig slither in the dirt Hiding from their predator birds Spring birds Posted in About the Farm Homeschool Upper Level Homeschool The Boys Bathroom Undergoes Major Renovations Posted on March 26 2014 by Mr Brian Winter is the time for our facilities to undergo renovations to prepare for the busy spring and summer seasons Unfortunately the snow has delayed some of our projects but not the Boys Bathroom For our long time campers they know the boys once only used port a johns then saw the girls get a new bathroom as they moved into the old girls bathroom which has gone untouched for most of the past 10 years But not this year The boys finally get priority We painted over the murals from our first summers installed urinals and changing rooms All changes look great and the boys are sure to be very happy with the new look Posted in About the Farm Camps Fiddlehead Summer Camp Homeschool Newsletter Uncategorized Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program Letter From Farmer Q Spring 2014 Posted on March 26 2014 by Mr Brian Dear Fernbrook Friends I would like to share with you a recent article from the Washington Post It s about the Farm Bill that wonderful piece of legislation somewhat clouded in objectives and influenced by special interest groups Taxpayers heavily subsidize corn and soy two crops that facilitate the meat and processed food we re supposed to eat less of and do almost nothing for the fruits and vegetables we re supposed to eat more of If there s any obligation to spend the public s money in a way that s consistent with the same public s health shouldn t it be the other way around So much for politics At Fernbrook we get no subsidies We grow our vegetables organically Throughout the farm we follow best management practices for sustaining the health of our crops our soil our employees and our community And most importantly we want to teach the children your children about how to live in this God given world responsibly But let s talk about the farm there s so much going on The boys bathroom has been totally refurbished using waterless urinals We have several new baby sheep and goats born in the past few weeks Despite all the snow this winter the farm has survived quite well Lots of broken tree limbs deer and rabbits have done a lot of damage to our nursery crops but right now we re moving full steam ahead The greenhouses are bursting with new seedlings ready for the fields our Children s Garden and our Plant Sale in May This year we re offering nearly 50 varieties of heirloom tomatoes as well as herbs rhododendron azaleas native plants and more In addition there are many exciting events planned for this Spring Our first ever Easter Egg and Scavenger Hunt complete with a picnic buffet lunch created by our own chef Christine Wendland Last Fall s Mud Run was so much fun that we re doing it again this Spring And of course our fourth annual Mother s Day Brunch and Plant Sale Check the upcoming events in this newsletter for more details and follow your emails for updates As always we hope you and your family are healthy and doing well in God s created world We look forward to seeing you soon on the farm Farmer Q Posted in About the Farm Camps Homeschool Newsletter Programs Uncategorized It s Baby Season Posted on March 25 2014 by Allison It s the most wonderful time of the year no not the holidays Baby Season We have so many new additions to the Fernbrook animal family 4 new kids baby goats and 9 lambs baby sheep If you stop by the animal barn you re likely to see lambs and kids frolicking jumping and sleeping in a giant pile We re also planning to add a few new chicks to our flock in early April Photos clockwise from top left corner lambs running King Arthur Hamlet Ivanhoe playing a new ewe and her fuzzy face Hamlet grinning Scout the kid twin lambs basking in the sun Posted in About the Farm Newsletter The Education Center has it s Winter Board Meeting Posted on March 25 2014 by Allison We ve been very excited about some of our renovations this winter But perhaps the most exciting change is the reworking of our Board of Directors We held our first board meeting in a long time on February 26 th We shared introductions plans and lots of ideas We plan to hold meetings quarterly to keep up the momentum Our board members many of whom were on our Advisory Board before the establishment of the Board of Directors are all long time supporters of the Education Center Each board member brings his or her abilities knowledge and background to help serve our mission Their valuable input will help lead our organization in this time of growth We are very excited to have them on board Welcome board members Our Board of Directors Larry Farmer Q Kuser Chairman of the Board David Altschiller Nina Altschiller William Brick Meg Critchell Sam Graff Robert Kuser Sally Lane Jeffery Robert Larsen Jeff Sussman Posted in About the Farm Newsletter Homeschool Update Posted on October 7 2013 by Mr Brian Homeschool Update Our 2013 Fall Homeschool classes are underway with an overwhelming number of new students making this one of our most successful semesters thus far Over 125 homeschool students are attending classes for the next 8 weeks As we begin our 8 th year of homeschool classes we expect to make

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  • How You Can Help | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    Posted on September 24 2013 by Mr Brian Posted in About the Farm Friends of Fernbrook How You Can Help Newsletter Programs A Letter From Farmer Q Posted on July 1 2013 by Mr Brian Dear Friends It s summer To be exact it is Fernbrook s ninth summer How did it get here so fast The past week has been our summer staff training week planning activities team building CPR certification getting to know everybody etc I especially have fun doing a trail walk and plant ID on the farm The enthusiasm is infectious your children are going to have the best summer ever Spring is the time when schools take field trips and big yellow school buses have been on the farm almost every day for the past few months We have even had to turn down schools since our schedule was full Like our summer camp programs our school trips are broken down into small groups of ten or less with a trained staff person so kids really learn about nature agriculture and their environment Teachers and parents often say that our field trip is the best they have ever taken Spread the word We re getting kids outdoors in a meaningful way Several exciting initiatives are being planned for the future We want to expand our partnership with The College of New Jersey Bonner Scholars to involve more schools in Trenton getting more low income urban kids outdoors on the farm The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey is launching a sustainable schools program which we hope Fernbrook will be a part of That will involve teacher training in hands on experiential learning and team building With similar goals in mind we re working with the New Jersey Farm to School network to become a training center for teachers and administrators focusing on school gardens and how to best integrate them into the curriculum A wonderful hands on learning experience and getting kids to plug into nature at the same time All this can happen thanks to your support Our Mother s Day brunch and Plant Sale raised over 18 000 all of which goes into our programs Thank you The big news is we have a new Executive Director Brian Kuser With many years experience in camp and outdoor education as well as running our summer camp for the past five years Brian brings professionalism enthusiasm and creativity to Fernbrook but then I m slightly biased My job becomes Chairman of the Board which means I can crack the whip something I ll never need to do with our highly qualified staff May you and your family enjoy a happy safe and blessed summer We hope to see you on the farm Sincerely yours Farmer Q Posted in About the Farm Camps How You Can Help Newsletter Partnerships Programs Urban Initiatives 2013 Fundraising Efforts Posted on July 1 2013 by Mr Brian We are absolutely thrilled for your support again this year Our fundraising efforts were quite successful Our Annual Mother s Day Brunch and Plant Sale brought in over 18 000 and we are very grateful for your support in our fundraising efforts The proceeds from the fundraising have been directly applied to our Urban Youth Program It motivates Farmer Q to conti nue spreading his passion into the city of Trenton Thanks to people like you disadvantaged youth get to explore the Farm get dirty and play safely They also have a chance to just be kids without the responsibility criticism and threats of everyday life in the city We believe that by exposing children to nature agriculture and the sources of their food they will gain a sense of compassion for their environment and each other None of this would be possible without your donations coupled with the dedication of Fernbrook s staff On behalf of Fernbrook Farms Education Center we thank you Tina Williams Posted in About the Farm How You Can Help Newsletter Fernbrook Supports Children Nature Network Initiative Posted on March 27 2012 by Jenna The Education Center announced our Spring Calendar of Events just weeks ago and since then we discovered an inspirational initiative created by the Children Nature Network C NN to help expand the reach of our events and both missions The Let s G O Get Outside initiative aims to rally people of all ages to Get Outside to play serve and celebrate during Children Nature Awareness Month in April The C NN named April as Children Nature Awareness Month several years ago and the Get Outside initiative was launched two years ago Let s G O events are hosted nationwide at parks schools national wildlife refuges neighborhoods cities and here at Fernbrook Farms Education Center to make a connection between healthy people and healthy communities The goal of Let s G O is to bring together intergenerational groups of people to get outside together be active have fun and connect with nature We re glad FFEC can help further that goal that also fits our mission and purpose so well On April 21st from 9 00am 10 30am the Education Center is hosting our first Let s G O event We will embrace the start of Spring and share the skills of sheep shearing and wool processing This is going to be a great event for families groups of friends or co workers as well as couples who are interested in learning how to process nature s fibers naturally The event is held in our barnyard area where participants can meet the sheep and our recently born lamb as well as the other farm animals The registrants will not only see how to properly shear a sheep using old fashioned blade shears but also learn how to process the wool from carding it to spinning the wool on a drop spindle We hope to share this event with as many people as possible not only to educate them about our sheep and

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  • Newsletter | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    campers For seven weeks of our nine week summer we awarded scholarships to ten lucky campers week from the city of Trenton to attend our summer camp program and receive free transportation The children who attended got to spend a week discovering nature at Fernbrook We received very positive feedback from all of our scholarship campers and their parents like all of our campers they had a blast getting immersed in nature for the week We were glad to get the opportunity to have these great kids join us We thank all of you who support our Urban Initiatives program through donations and fundraising events like Mother s Day Brunch the annual Plant Sale and the Farm Run Without you this program wouldn t be possible Posted in Fiddlehead Summer Camp Newsletter Urban Initiatives Tagged Fall 2014 Newsletter Trenton Homeschool Update Posted on March 26 2014 by Jenna The Lower Level Winter Homeschool Program was full of fearless students who braved the harsh winter weather to enjoy nature and spend a few hours a week exploring the farm The students participated in classes about winter birds patterns in nature orienteering farm animal husbandry and so much more Some of the highlights from the winter semester included spotting red tailed hawks discovering the phenomenon of needle ice during our patterns in nature class learning how to survive hypothermia or a broken arm during our wilderness survival class and of course taking care of the baby lambs and goat kids during our farm animal husbandry class Despite the unsympathetic winter weather we spent most of our class sessions hiking through the woods following tracks around the creek and maintaining the farm animals and their living quarters We just started the first week of our Spring Homeschool Semester The teachers and students are eager for spring weather to arrive so we can get our hands dirty planting our container gardens as well as exploring the garden and meadow for insects to identify Our first class on Bats went off without a hitch As the kids learned about echolocation and the differences between microbats and megabats they had time to search for the perfect bat habitat and even talk to Farmer Jeff about why bats are important to have on the farm Ms Jenna Ms Patty and Ms Kim cannot wait to find out what new discoveries will occur during the next 7 weeks of class Posted in Homeschool Lower Level Homeschool Newsletter Summer Camp Fiddleheads v Young Stewards Posted on March 26 2014 by Mr Brian Mr Pete s Drum Solo after hiking is done Here at Fernbrook we like to say Fiddlehead Camp 6 11 year olds uses the farm as our playground and the Young Stewards 12 14 year olds use NJ as their playground Each program is designed to meet the growing development of our campers while challenging them in their personal growth and understanding of our environment The Fiddleheads are inspired and educated through adventures on the farm while having fun and being themselves Whereas the Young Stewards inspiration and engagement with nature happens through day trips and occasional overnight trips to the vast diversity of NJ s ecology where they can compare and contrast the range of ecosystems that exist here Our Young Stewards program also values the understanding that children aged 12 14 years old are experiencing emotional growth physical development and new social pressures With that in mind this important stage in their lives is part of the reason that we focus on small groups and a camper to staff ratio of 5 1 Our staff are experienced educators that understand the varied needs of campers at this time in their lives Through engaging with nature the Young Stewards are encouraged to promote teamwork leadership and ecological awareness The power of nature always amazes me as it seems to always make campers forget about the pressures and stereotypes they see on a daily basis through media and allows them to be kids without external stress Similarly our Fiddlehead Camp allows campers to follow their natural curiosity in nature where they can grow and learn for themselves without the pressures of a school environment On the farm every camper is equally inspired to let their passions guide their inquisitions They have the freedom to play and learn for themselves while our professional staff guide them where appropriate We believe that when campers are given the opportunity to experience nature first hand that s when the most transformative development occurs and not only with their education of nature but also with their growth and development as person No matter what camp your child is in nature is the tool we use to help them develop socially and emotionally while understanding their interconnectedness to the world around them We hope you see at home the same growth in your kids that we see here at camp and we look forward to another amazing and powerful summer at Fernbrook Farms See you this summer Mr Brian Posted in Camps Fiddlehead Summer Camp Newsletter Uncategorized Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program The Boys Bathroom Undergoes Major Renovations Posted on March 26 2014 by Mr Brian Winter is the time for our facilities to undergo renovations to prepare for the busy spring and summer seasons Unfortunately the snow has delayed some of our projects but not the Boys Bathroom For our long time campers they know the boys once only used port a johns then saw the girls get a new bathroom as they moved into the old girls bathroom which has gone untouched for most of the past 10 years But not this year The boys finally get priority We painted over the murals from our first summers installed urinals and changing rooms All changes look great and the boys are sure to be very happy with the new look Posted in About the Farm Camps Fiddlehead Summer Camp Homeschool Newsletter Uncategorized Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program Letter From Farmer Q Spring

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  • Partnerships | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    butterfly house planting the stream banks for stream ecology making identification signs for the forest As part of a collaborative outreach the Bonner s created a park from a vacant lot on the corner of Stockton and Merchant Streets in Trenton Fernbrook donated all the plants mulch and soil to make a beautiful green space in a fairly barren part of the city Lots of exciting things happening throughout the state of New Jersey that Fernbrook is involved in Check out the Sustainable Institute of The College of New Jersey si pages tcnj edu sustainable jersey and their new initiative for sustainable schools Over 60 of communities across the State have jumped on the sustainable bandwagon and we re hoping even more schools make sustainability environmental awareness and good nutrition a part of their curriculum Fernbrook will be a part of the planning process for that endeavor Very exciting I have to say fall is my favorite time of year So much food is coming from our fields the weather is crisp On a recent bird walk activity we got to see a small flock of Cedar Waxwings very cool We have lots more activities going on which I hope you will be able to join us for Farm to table with chef Max Hansen Not so Scary Halloween for young children campfires wreath making and more See you on the farm Sincerely Farmer Q Posted in About the Farm Friends of Fernbrook Partnerships Sustainable New Jersey Farm to Table Event Posted on July 16 2013 by Mr Brian Posted in Partnerships A Letter From Farmer Q Posted on July 1 2013 by Mr Brian Dear Friends It s summer To be exact it is Fernbrook s ninth summer How did it get here so fast The past week has been our summer staff training week planning activities team building CPR certification getting to know everybody etc I especially have fun doing a trail walk and plant ID on the farm The enthusiasm is infectious your children are going to have the best summer ever Spring is the time when schools take field trips and big yellow school buses have been on the farm almost every day for the past few months We have even had to turn down schools since our schedule was full Like our summer camp programs our school trips are broken down into small groups of ten or less with a trained staff person so kids really learn about nature agriculture and their environment Teachers and parents often say that our field trip is the best they have ever taken Spread the word We re getting kids outdoors in a meaningful way Several exciting initiatives are being planned for the future We want to expand our partnership with The College of New Jersey Bonner Scholars to involve more schools in Trenton getting more low income urban kids outdoors on the farm The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey is launching a sustainable schools program

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  • Press Releases | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    in Trenton Schools Posted on November 7 2011 by Jenna This Fall Fernbrook Farms Education Center continued our Unit of Study program in Trenton City Schools We partnered with ISLES in Trenton Fernbrook Farms partner with ISLES to better educate students about the environment which isa non profit organization that helps educate teachers students in Trenton school about how to take control of their own physical environment and personal health This fall Mr Jim Simon and I educated over 200 students about Forest Ecology concentrating on understanding the importance of forests both for wildlife and for humans We worked in three schools Mercerville Elementary Village Charter School and Washington Elementary Ms Melissa on Tree ID Hike showing students the Cedar trees This program is unique in the way that we spend a total of 4 days with the students and teachers in their school and on the farm The first day we visit the school and spend about 40 60 minutes in each participating class teaching them about what a forest is and playing an interactive educational game By playing the game the students learn about the basic needs of animals and how the health of the forest has an effect on population growth On the second day we introduce the parts of a tree and how a tree works by having the students participate in the Tree Factory activity The third day is a field trip to Fernbrook Farms where they move between four investigation stations including a Tree ID Hike Soil Investigation Wildlife Hike and Forestry Techniques station In all of these stations the kids learn with hands on experiential learning activities Some highlights of the field trip stations have been finding a garter snake during the wildlife hike investigating FBI fungus bacteria and invertebrate in our compost pile tapping a Red Maple tree for Maple syrup identifying at least 10 trees around Fernbrook Farms and lastly just enjoying the wonders of the great outdoors On the fourth and final day Mr Jim and I return to the school for a follow up where we review what the students discovered on their field trip and what they liked or didn t like about Fernbrook Farms We also read the Dr Seuss classic The Lorax and review the importance of a forest and understanding the impact of humans on forests The most rewarding part of this program comes when Mr Jim and I receive the thank you letters drawings and gifts from the students showing us how much this experience has taught them and how we have affected their life in so many positive and memorable ways Ms Jenna showing students from Washington Elementary how to tap a Red Maple Tree for Maple Syrup This program continues in the spring of 2012 and we hope to connect with many more students of Trenton We plan to focus on Wetlands Ecology The students will visit our Pond Creek Meadow and take a Watershed Forest Hike Can t wait to explore

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  • Programs | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    We grow our vegetables organically Throughout the farm we follow best management practices for sustaining the health of our crops our soil our employees and our community And most importantly we want to teach the children your children about how to live in this God given world responsibly But let s talk about the farm there s so much going on The boys bathroom has been totally refurbished using waterless urinals We have several new baby sheep and goats born in the past few weeks Despite all the snow this winter the farm has survived quite well Lots of broken tree limbs deer and rabbits have done a lot of damage to our nursery crops but right now we re moving full steam ahead The greenhouses are bursting with new seedlings ready for the fields our Children s Garden and our Plant Sale in May This year we re offering nearly 50 varieties of heirloom tomatoes as well as herbs rhododendron azaleas native plants and more In addition there are many exciting events planned for this Spring Our first ever Easter Egg and Scavenger Hunt complete with a picnic buffet lunch created by our own chef Christine Wendland Last Fall s Mud Run was so much fun that we re doing it again this Spring And of course our fourth annual Mother s Day Brunch and Plant Sale Check the upcoming events in this newsletter for more details and follow your emails for updates As always we hope you and your family are healthy and doing well in God s created world We look forward to seeing you soon on the farm Farmer Q Posted in About the Farm Camps Homeschool Newsletter Programs Uncategorized Bonner Scholars Another Successful Season of Partnership Posted on January 6 2014 by Mr Brian Fernbrook would like to thank the Bonner Scholars at The College of New Jersey for yet another successful season of partnership This fall Bonners were essential to events like the Farm Run and Not So Scary and were important members of the classroom teaching teams to support our Unit of Study Program in Trenton schools On top of that Bonners helped with everyday tasks tree cookie count 500 and are working on some exciting projects around the farm Thank you Bonners Posted in Newsletter Partnerships Unit of Study Not So Scary Halloween a Huge Success Posted on January 6 2014 by Mr Brian It seems like so long ago now that our Not So Scary Halloween event happened Over 250 people joined us on Friday Saturday and Sunday October 25 27 for all kinds of Halloween fun This year s event included a carnival style games station a maze through the meadow with life size insects some of our wonderful volunteers dressed up and a campfire complete with marshmallows and stories Visitors traveled from station to station on wagons Our staff and volunteers all had so much fun we re already looking forward to next year Special thanks to the Bonner volunteers and our camp volunteers who came out to help Posted in Family Programs Newsletter Doane Academy Students Brave Winter Weather to Learn About Surviving and Other Things Too Posted on January 6 2014 by Mr Brian This December Doane Academy 6th graders spent the day at Fernbrook in 30 degree weather the wind chill made it feel colder to learn about Orienteering and Wilderness Survival These brave students after a primer on map and compass use completed our orienteering course in under an hour We then spent the afternoon in a wilderness survival simulation where students learned how to build fires and built their own survival shelters The chill only added to the fun students were able to imagine what trying to survive in extreme conditions would be like Orienteering and Wilderness Survival are two of my favorite outdoor education programs as they incorporate STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math learning while having fun using a compass or building a shelter that won t fall down All in all it was a great day out in the snow Posted in Newsletter Partnerships School Field Trips Fernbrook s 1st Annual Farm Run Finishing Times Posted on September 24 2013 by Mr Brian Posted in About the Farm Friends of Fernbrook How You Can Help Newsletter Programs A Letter From Farmer Q Posted on July 1 2013 by Mr Brian Dear Friends It s summer To be exact it is Fernbrook s ninth summer How did it get here so fast The past week has been our summer staff training week planning activities team building CPR certification getting to know everybody etc I especially have fun doing a trail walk and plant ID on the farm The enthusiasm is infectious your children are going to have the best summer ever Spring is the time when schools take field trips and big yellow school buses have been on the farm almost every day for the past few months We have even had to turn down schools since our schedule was full Like our summer camp programs our school trips are broken down into small groups of ten or less with a trained staff person so kids really learn about nature agriculture and their environment Teachers and parents often say that our field trip is the best they have ever taken Spread the word We re getting kids outdoors in a meaningful way Several exciting initiatives are being planned for the future We want to expand our partnership with The College of New Jersey Bonner Scholars to involve more schools in Trenton getting more low income urban kids outdoors on the farm The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey is launching a sustainable schools program which we hope Fernbrook will be a part of That will involve teacher training in hands on experiential learning and team building With similar goals in mind we re working with the New Jersey Farm to School network to become a training center for teachers and

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    the creative decorating of the staff at the Inn Besides enjoying delicious food guests also had opportunities to take a wagon ride stroll the trails visit our plant sale and check out the newly opened CSA shop We d like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended We appreciate your support Posted in Uncategorized Grant Received from the Horizon Foundation Posted on July 23 2014 by Allison We are thrilled to announce that we have received a grant from the Horizon Foundation to support our Unit of Study program in the Trenton school district during the 2014 2015 school year This program brings hands on interactive field trips to students in Trenton Students will learn about a host of environmental topics which could include Farming Agriculture Forest Ecosystems Watersheds Wetlands or Plant Animal Adaptations We have been operating this program in some capacity since 2010 and look forward to expanding and enriching the program this school year Thank you to the Horizon Foundation and to our supporters in the community who make these programs possible Posted in Uncategorized A Successful Spring Field Trip Season Posted on July 23 2014 by Allison Spring field trip season always brings big fun discovery and exploration but this spring was exceptional because it was jam packed with fun and exciting trips we had visitors to the farm nearly every day from late April until mid June We were grateful to see many schools return for a second or third or fourth or visit but were excited to have students from 10 new schools join us to interact with nature as well We also made some changes to our Fantastic Forests theme to make it a great option for younger students and had two groups of first and second grade students get out and learn in the forest ecosystem with great success We anticipate another great season this fall will your students come join us Posted in Uncategorized It s Baby Season Posted on March 25 2014 by Allison It s the most wonderful time of the year no not the holidays Baby Season We have so many new additions to the Fernbrook animal family 4 new kids baby goats and 9 lambs baby sheep If you stop by the animal barn you re likely to see lambs and kids frolicking jumping and sleeping in a giant pile We re also planning to add a few new chicks to our flock in early April Photos clockwise from top left corner lambs running King Arthur Hamlet Ivanhoe playing a new ewe and her fuzzy face Hamlet grinning Scout the kid twin lambs basking in the sun Posted in About the Farm Newsletter Spring School Field Trip Season is About to Begin Posted on March 25 2014 by Allison We have a busy spring lined up for field trips 23 days of trips are scheduled so far and a few days are still available Spring is always our busiest time because it s a

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