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  • Fall 2014 Newsletter | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    to all of our supporters for another great summer for Fiddlehead scholarship 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 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 of Study 5 Upper Level Homeschool 4 Urban Initiatives 7 Winter Break Camp 2 Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program 16 Archives November 2014 5 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 August 2014 4 July 2014 3 April 2014 2 March 2014 8 January 2014 7 October 2013 5 September 2013 1 August 2013 3 July 2013 9 April 2013 3 March 2013

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  • Trenton | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    other Help give children an experience they otherwise wouldn t be able to have Register online today to have fun and support this great cause Posted in Uncategorized Tagged agriculture animals barn children garden latin family vegetables education environmental education fundraiser nature Trenton volunteers Fernbrook Videos Posted on December 20 2012 by Mr Brian A quick glance at Summer Camp Fernbrook Farms Summer Camp Video Farmer Q talks about why nature is important to our youth A typical day at Fernbrook Posted in Camps Tagged agriculture animals barn campfire camping canoeing children garden latin family vegetables Delaware River education environmental education farm Farmer Q fernbrook Fernbrook Farms food fundraiser hayride Kerney Barn marshmallows music nature Pine Barrens pond rain garden seasons sheep songs staff Trenton wagon ride Continuing Environmental Education 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

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  • Farm Run 2014 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    School Field Trips Unit of Study More Afterschool Clubs Pre K Kindergarten Program ages 3 5 Scout Group Programs Urban Youth Initiatives Summer Camp Scholarships Outreach Assembly Programs Pre K to 8th grade Family Programs Birthday Party Programs Support Us Donate Now Fundraisers Friends of Fernbrook Wishlist Urban Youth Scholarships Donate A Car Calendar Blog Previous Next Farm Run 2014 Posted on August 1 2014 by Mr Brian rained the night before to help create a perfect 5K Farm Mud Run There were some changes to the course including the giant slide for the adults and a new log crossing Of course the creek crossings remained from the fall and for the little ones their course was extended and included a creek crossing as well After having done our first Farm Run in the fall and one in the spring we are going to go with one a year in the fall This year our run will be on September 28 th Save the date or REGISTER HERE This entry was posted in Uncategorized by Mr Brian Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Copyright 2011 2016 Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center P O Box 228 Bordentown NJ 08505 Non Profit

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  • Pollywogs Camp @ Fernbrook! | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    Group Programs Urban Youth Initiatives Summer Camp Scholarships Outreach Assembly Programs Pre K to 8th grade Family Programs Birthday Party Programs Support Us Donate Now Fundraisers Friends of Fernbrook Wishlist Urban Youth Scholarships Donate A Car Calendar Blog Previous Next Pollywogs Camp Fernbrook Posted on August 1 2014 by Mr Brian Welcome summer and welcome our first season of Pollywog camp I have been looking forward to this new challenge with anticipation and excitement Over the past several years being here at Fernbrook and being part of the pre k school year program I am continually amazed at the interest the children have when they connect with the farm Even the bugs and the mud With so many areas to explore the meadow pond forest and creek I am confident their enthusiasm will grow The children will experience and learn first hand what it is like to be outside interacting with nature in a guided and safe environment Thank you parents who requested this camp We look forward to a fun and rewarding new program As always have a safe and fun summer Ms Lydia This entry was posted in Uncategorized by Mr Brian Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed

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  • Family Programs | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 natural fibers but to also contribute to the goal of the nationwide C NN The Education Center as well as all of the C NN partners want to inspire all people to get outside and encourage people to participate in events and service projects that benefit the natural world Our second Let s G O event is a Spring Volunteer Day on April 28th from 8 30am Noon to help our non profit Education Center beautify the property and prepare for a busy year of programs All ages welcome for any amount of time you can donate to help us plant the garden clear trails paint the barn doors build a fence around the rain garden string tree cookies and celebrate the Education Center progress Posted in About the Farm Family Programs How You Can Help Newsletter Press Releases Programs Uncategorized Tagged animals April barnyard calendar of events Children Nature Network family program national initiative nature sheep sheep shearing Fall Family Programs A Huge Success Posted on December 22 2011 by Jenna Gingerbread House Making in the Kearny Barn Over the last few months Fernbrook Farms Education Center held three of our annual family programs that brought many new and returning families to the Farm Around Halloween we hosted our Not So Scary Halloween event geared towards families and children age ten and younger for three nights The event consisted of a tractor pulled wagon ride around the farm while a storyteller told his story about Jersey Devil folklore and how the Jersey Devil was just misunderstood The wagon ride finished at a campfire in the woods where attendees enjoyed hot chocolate and musical entertainment from the Totora brothers Throughout the three nights we had over 160 people attend which greatly exceeds 2010 attendance numbers The first Sunday in December we held Wreath Making with Farmer Q We had a great turn out of 30 people The day started off at 1pm where people gathered for the demonstration by Farmer Q in the Cottage with hot chocolate in hand Then after the demonstration we headed out on the wagons into the Fernbrook Nursery

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  • Friends Of Fernbrook | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    runners as they approached the finish line the TCNJ Bonners who encouraged the runners and helped in the construction of the course and lastly Max Hansen for his fine cuisine T Williams Posted in About the Farm Friends of Fernbrook Letter From Farmer Q Posted on October 7 2013 by Mr Brian Dear friends I really love to hear the stories of new campers Some of them are afraid of bugs some don t like to get dirty One in particular didn t even want to be at Fernbrook wanted to be home playing video games It usually takes no more than two days for them to get over their affliction and jump into life at Fernbrook The comment from the latter was this place is so much fun Our relationship with The College of New Jersey and the Bonner Scholars continues to expand in new and creative ways Thanks to a grant from The Greater Trenton Green Team we will be bringing kids from inner city Trenton schools to the farm again this fall Working with our own Allison Kohler the Bonner s are instrumental in connecting with the teachers teaching some of the classes and making arrangements for the farm visit Additionally every Wednesday and Friday the Bonner Environmental Team comes to Fernbrook for several hours to help with chores and assist our staff This year they will be implementing various projects that will become part of the teaching opportunities at Fernbrook upgrading the 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 Fernbrook s 1st Annual Farm Run Finishing Times Posted on

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  • Scholarships | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    to learn about agriculture nutrition and our environment We take pride as the only education center that offers an educational summer camp experience to urban at risk youth from inner city Trenton and the surrounding area at no cost to the children or their families Camp is an exciting time in a young person s life We believe that every child should be exposed to experiential outdoor learning and that it is important to share our mission With all of the turmoil these children live with on a daily basis the opportunities to just be a kid are few and far between Here they get to enjoy such a simple pleasures as soil under their nails and fresh picked fruit in their bellies We appreciate our past supporters and thank you for your consideration of contributing to our Urban Camp Scholarship Fund Posted in How You Can Help Newsletter Programs Scholarships Urban Initiatives 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 of Study 5 Upper Level Homeschool 4 Urban Initiatives 7 Winter Break Camp 2 Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program 16 Archives November 2014 5 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 August 2014 4 July 2014 3 April 2014 2 March 2014 8 January 2014 7 October 2013 5 September 2013 1 August 2013 3 July 2013 9 April 2013 3

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  • School Field Trips | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    weeds are trampled paths are beaten down Bands of children can be seen everywhere nets and jars in hand singing skipping laughing By waters edge and meadow path children work stealthily eyes focused net held high binoculars at the ready Campers also get to test their skills and build their confidence on our new low ropes course Eating local takes on a new meaning when the kids get to pick chop stir and grind fresh vegetables in our new Kerney Barn kitchen area It s all about the joy of learning experiencing new things and asking questions It is what Fernbrook is all about But with the joy there is some sadness Our Director of Education Claire Wildermuth is leaving Fernbrook for marriage and yet uncharted waters Her energy enthusiasm and creativity over the past few years have moved Fernbrook s education programs to a higher level She is an extraordinary teacher that has gained the respect of the children she leads their parents and all our staff We will miss her very much and we wish her all the best as she now takes her own life to a higher level Our school programs will be ramped up with the addition of full time staffer Allison Kohler School Programs Coordinator Her main focus will be to work with the Bonner Scholars from The College of New Jersey developing garden curriculum and school trips for Trenton and vicinity schools Already our calendar is practically full for this Fall That means we ll be working with over 50 school children in their classrooms and on the Farm nearly every day in September and October to learn where their food comes from and how to be good stewards of their world My thanks and best wishes goes out to each of you and your families for your support and for sharing your children with us May you have a safe healthy and blessed summer Larry Farmer Q Kuser Executive Director Posted in About the Farm Camps Fiddlehead Summer Camp Newsletter Programs School Field Trips Unit of Study Urban Initiatives Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program A Spring Full of Field Trips by Miss Jennifer Posted on July 1 2011 by Jenna DETRITIS If you don t know about it come to Fernbrook Farms Education Center for fun learning As summer steps in a very busy spring is now behind us for the first time in Fernbrook history we were completely booked for school programs during our spring season This past season also marks the start of a very successful new program called our Unit of Study Program in which schools incorporate a field trip to Fernbrook with three classes taught by a Fernbrook Instructor at their school There are currently six Unit of Study Programs available to schools which allow students to experience the great outdoors of Fernbrook first hand Farm Study Wetlands Study Forest Ecology Study Adaptations Study School Garden Study and Nature Labs Study In our effort to reach as many

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