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  • March, 2014 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 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

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  • January, 2014 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 Why Fernbrook Farms summer camp Posted on January 6 2014 by Mr Brian You may have noticed that we are fans of Richard Louv and his book Last Child In The Woods He has put into words a whole book s worth of our philosophy on why we are trying to engage kids with nature He also has done extensive research which is showing more and more that our mental physical and spiritual health links directly to our association with nature in positive ways Louv p 3 Throughout the book he expands on the many ways that engaging with nature is beneficial for us as human beings and that getting kids engaged with nature at an early age leaves them a lifetime to appreciate their experiences Similarly there has been extensive research done on the power of attending summer camp and the positive impact it has on a child s life The American Camping Association ACA did a large research project and gathered results from over 5 000 families at over 80 camps over a four year period As Ellen Warren recently wrote in Metro Kids magazine about the ACA s research Results showed that even two weeks at camp led to gains in kids positive identity and values spirituality and social physical and thinking skills So here at Fernbrook Farms Summer Camp we believe campers get to experience the best of both for the ultimate summer experience They get to follow

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  • October, 2013 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    food is still growing in the fields the pigs are fat and happy it s beautiful It s also the perfect time for a field trip Working with the Land is our most popular fall trip students visit the farm to learn about where their food comes from and to experience agriculture first hand Students dig in the dirt taste vegetables fresh from the fields visit the animals and take an exciting wagon ride around the farm to learn all about the history of our farm and farming in general As with all of our educational programs small group sizes 10 15 and our exemplary staff are the key features that make a class trip to Fernbrook something truly special But you don t have to take my word for it here are some testimonials from teachers who visited us during the 2012 2013 school year I can not think of one way to improve upon a perfect field trip The staff anticipated our needs and had supplies ready Their patience with the class showed the students that the staff valued them and their opinions questions and sometimes rambling on Thank you for a day well spent All the instructors at the farm were excellent The different stations were interesting and children learn a lot Personally I love the fact that staff members motivate and keep the students enthusiasm at a high level and students are always engaged Had a great time 2 years in a row First year was pouring rain and despite the weather had an amazing trip Beautiful weather this year and again top notch trip Rain or shine you provide a great experience for the kids and adults THANKS Fernbrook Farm instructors were excellent They motivated our students with their interesting activities patience and knowledge The staff were just wonderful We felt very connected the kids really loved working with them every person at Fernbrook makes you want to come back again I was 100 satisfied Students learned so much and were able to apply what they learned in class to things they discovered on the farm So there you have it what a great year it was We look forward to another year of creating meaningful experiences in the natural world for students from schools all over the state If you have any questions or would like more information about booking a field trip to Fernbrook please call the office at 609 298 4028 or email me at allison fernbrookfarms com Thank you for your continued support Allison Kohler Miss Allison Posted in Uncategorized Farm Run There is nothing like a dose of nature and mud Posted on October 7 2013 by Mr Brian There is nothing like a dose of nature and mud As I arrived on the farm at sunrise Sunday morning the energy was exhilarating The scenery was stupendous The weather was perfect The farm was finally ready after months of planning the day was here for the Farm Run The atmosphere

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  • September, 2013 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    2013 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 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 2 December 2012 1 October 2012 4 September 2012 2 August 2012 2 July 2012 4 March 2012 3 February

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  • August, 2013 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    it again for the rest of the camping trip Hahhaha take that Evan and your Spongebob Campfire Song Sarah July 10 2013 8 42pm Today was an interesting day Right now people are singing and Miss Jenna and Mr Pete are talking about Miss Claire and birds During a card game I was sitting on a log and someone got up and I fell backwards and my tooth fell out Luckily it was already loose Samantha July 11 2013 11 30am It was a good day so far I found a cute fuzzy little caterpillar during lunch Also yesterday after canoeing we were at the campsite and Evan taught us how to play Mau a card game It was frustrating but fun at the same time I can t wait to see what happens tonight our last night Elyse July 11 2013 11 48am Today woke up packed up ate left our campsite stopped for lunch alright Jenna I ll write more I taught everyone to play a card game from Jewish youth group called Mau Everyone was annoyed but liked it This trip is awesome casual and even better than last year I wish it would never end although I would like to take a shower Evan July 11 2013 3 30pm Wow this campsite is great Its got a ton of space even enough for the lone wolf to hide and a great swimming area So anyway we went over the rapids today Nobody tipped or anything thankfully We also found a rope swing but I imagine the others will tell you more about it later I cannot give informed information since I did not go on it Sarah July 12 2013 7 45am Today is the last day WHY Why does it have to end Oh year and our campsite has an outhouse Today we re leaving the Delaware as my journal entry probably makes clear and Rachel s dad is picking us up and bringing us to Fernbrook I ll miss you Sam Sarah Erin Elyse Laura Rachel Daniel Pete Jenna and everyone at Fernbrook Evan July 12 2013 8 00am Yesterday was awesome there were cool rapids We had a fun game of Manhunt but I m happy to go home Goodbye Everyone Daniel July 12 2013 8 05am So today s our last day To be honest I m kinda happy about it After a while you start to miss things like a flushing toilet a running shower and a mattress I will miss everyone though Well I didn t write yesterday So last night a couple campsites down some campers decided to come say Hi to us Really they wanted to scare us but they quickly changed their minds when Miss Jenna went out to tell them to go away So as I said goodbye to everyone I will miss you all Just remembered my Dad is driving us back to Fernbrook He s going to like uber embarrass me L Rachel July

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  • July, 2013 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    and the great lawn provided the perfect spot for Water Palooza 2013 This year we have a wonderful combination of veteran and new staff that provide a fantastic blend of enthusiasm to share the farm with campers Campers enjoyed some of their classic activities such as volcano making creek clay art wilderness survival and fishing while being introduced to a host of new activities ranging from sand art to wetlands trekking and nature puppets to Calvin Ball We had a great first week of camp and I look forward to another great summer at Fernbrook I hope to see many of you here on the farm Mr Brian Posted in Uncategorized 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 Summer Camp Is Here Posted on July 1 2013 by Mr Brian Summer Camp Is Here For the second year in a row thunderstorms interrupted the typical flo w of the first day of camp and for the second year in a row they couldn t disrupt the fun of coming to Fernbrook This year the thunderstorms arrived on the farm at the end of journal time and moved activity time indoors as we played games in the Kerney Barn had an Arts Crafts extravaganza in the big barn and played a variety of board games in our classroom As usual the campers and staff had a great time As for the rest of the week the weather was hot but it didn t slow down the campers from making friends with the animals exploring our ecosystems or investigating all corners of the farm To no ones surprise the creek has been a popular destination for hikes clay art and boat racing The forest has been a great place to escape the direct sun and inves tigate the diversity of the woods The garden is looking great as the vegetables are starting to emerge and the great lawn provided the perfect spot for Water Palooza 2013 This year we have a wonderful combination of veteran and new staff that provide a fantastic blend of enthusiasm to share the farm with campers Campers enjoyed some of their classic activities such as volcano making creek clay art wilderness survival and fishing while being introduced to a host of new activities ranging from sand art to wetlands trekking and nature puppets to Calvin Ball We had a great first week of camp and I look forward to another great summer at Fernbrook I hope to see many of you here on the farm Mr Brian Posted in Uncategorized The Value of Young Stewards Program Posted on July 1 2013 by Mr Brian Summer Camp does not end once your child turns 12 years old Fernbrook Farms Education Center FFEC offers pre teens a chance to become a Steward for their natural world The program offers children the chance to explore all that New Jersey has to offer Not only do the campers explore the shore the Pine Barrens the mountainous region of North West New Jersey but also the farm lands of Burlington County all while building life skills The skills that the staff try to instill into the program include team building wilderness survival leadership skills acceptance patience and most importantly appreciation for themselves the environment and everything they have experienced at summer camp FFEC

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  • April, 2013 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    instant oats Use optional sugar if your bananas are still green and not very ripe Ingredients 15 ounces black beans drained and rinsed 2 whole bananas ⅓ cup agave nectar ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa 1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ cup raw sugar optional ¼ cup instant oats Instructions Preheat oven to 350 F Grease an 8 8 pan and set aside Combine all ingredients except oats in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth scrapping sides as needed Stir in the oats and pour batter into the pan Bake approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean Allow to cool before slicing Chef s Note if you find these brownies are too soft or too fudge y add another 1 4 cup oats or flour ENJOY Posted in Uncategorized Summer Camp Open House Posted on April 8 2013 by Mr Brian April 28th from 1pm to 3pm Attending summer camp can have a very positive effect on children s psychological development independence and self esteem Our campers at Fernbrook make lasting experiences and come back year after year We are preparing for another great summer Join us April 28 th from 1 3pm at our Summer Camp Open House Meet our staff take a wagon ride of the campgrounds and feed the animals Posted in About the Farm Camps Fiddlehead Summer Camp Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program 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

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  • March, 2013 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    Family Programs Birthday Party Programs Support Us Donate Now Fundraisers Friends of Fernbrook Wishlist Urban Youth Scholarships Donate A Car Calendar Blog Monthly Archives March 2013 Summer Camp Discount Posted on March 27 2013 by Mr Brian LAST CHANCE TO SAVE DON T MISS OUT Save 5 on Summer Camp by registering by March 31st Swimming near the Campsite Posted in Uncategorized Quote of the day Quote Posted on March 25 2013 by Mr Brian Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it s beauty Albert Einstein Posted in Uncategorized 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 2 December 2012 1 October 2012 4 September 2012 2 August 2012 2 July 2012 4 March 2012 3 February 2012 1 January 2012 3 December 2011 2 November 2011 2 October 2011 1 September 2011 4 August 2011 1 July 2011 3 June

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