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  • December, 2012 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    Programs Birthday Party Programs Support Us Donate Now Fundraisers Friends of Fernbrook Wishlist Urban Youth Scholarships Donate A Car Calendar Blog Monthly Archives December 2012 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 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

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  • October, 2012 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    many more subtle changes around campus including the choice activities rain garden in the barnyard more animals in the barn and improved trail system All changes were guided by the principle that we want to provide a safe environment for our campers to explore their natural curiosities in the outdoor classroom We will be sure to look to make improvements to our program again this winter as we look forward to another great summer at Fernbrook in 2013 Posted in Camps Fiddlehead Summer Camp Scout Programs Fernbrook Farms Posted on October 31 2012 by Jenna Scout Programs Fermbrook Farms Is your son or daughter in Scouts and their troop is looking to complete a badge such as wilderness survival naturalist conservation astronomy or teambuilding Fernbrook Farms Education Center could help your troop complete a badge Programs can be one or two hours long and can be booked for weekends or weeknights If you are interested in booking a program contact Jenna Collins at the Education Center by phone 609 298 4028 or email education Fernbrookfarms com Posted in Programs Scout Group Programs Fernbrook Favorite Fall Soup Posted on October 31 2012 by Jenna Favorite Fall Soup Recipe Curried Red Lentil Soup adapted from Martha Stewart Living March 2012 1 scallion or 1 2 onion minced tiny pieces 2 inches of fresh ginger peeled and minced 4 cloves of garlic minced 3 4 carrots diced still chunky but small ish 2 tablespoons of olive oil 2 teaspoons curry powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 2 c coconut milk 2 c water 1 c red lentils 1 3 c raisins currants or dried cherries 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro stems about 8 sprigs leaves removed salt to taste cilantro leaves and extra coconut milk for garnish Heat oil over medium high heat in a medium saucepan Add scallions carrots ginger and garlic Cook stirring occasionally for about 7 minutes until the carrots start to become tender Add spices and allow to cook for one minute more to release the flavors Add coconut milk water and lentils Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally Mash with a potato masher or immersion blender until just slightly chunky Stir in cilantro stems and currants raisins cherries Add salt to your taste Ladle into bowls drizzle with coconut milk and sprinkle with cilantro leaves Share it with a friend Posted in About the Farm Newsletter NJ Farm to School Network and Fernbrook Farms in the News Posted on October 11 2012 by Jenna Fernbrook Farms would like to thank the NJ Farm to School Network for noticing all of the hard work that we have done to encourage the Trenton City Schools to incorporate lessons on food agriculture and sustainability in their curriculum The follow was taken from NJ Farm to School Network s News Update email sent out on October 11 2012 Trenton s Village Charter School Inspires Healthy Eating The Village Charter School s garden began just a year ago but is now capable

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  • September, 2012 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    play will be available for booking at your school library or other community venue If you re an educator we have a limited number of FREE tickets available for you to see it at the Fringe Festival Contact allison fernbrookfarms com or call our office at 609 298 4028 for more information Posted in Uncategorized Kicking off our partnership with the Bonner Scholars at TCNJ Posted on September 10 2012 by Allison We ve been very fortunate this year to have developed our partnership with the Bonner Scholars at The College of New Jersey and if this Saturday was any evidence this is going to be an awesome year On Saturday morning 90 Bonner Scholars from TCNJ joined us at the farm in the pouring rain no less to help us get things done on the farm With their muscle and human power we beautified the farm by removing multiple wagon loads of weeds from the Rain Garden Children s Garden and Field House as well as fixing up the Arts and Crafts Room repairing our insect catching equipment clearing out the chicken coop spreading mulch down at the low ropes course clearing an area of the woods for a Wilderness Survival education site clearing our trails and much more We were impressed with the Bonners hard work despite the downpour of rain and the heat that followed Thanks Bonners We re looking forward to a great partnership Posted in Partnerships Tagged Bonners volunteers 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

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  • August, 2012 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    it P S I forgot to mention that we went over The Rapids today and we survived Sarah 4 00pm Thursday July 19th 2012 Yesterday it was drizzling very lightly so we took 2 breaks Today it began drizzling then raining and then completely down pouring Did we take a break NO but after an hour or three it stopped We also went through class 1 rapids Laura and I listened to Jen Jen and Petey and went through the V but we went right through the biggest drop IT WAS AWESOME This all being in the pouring rain made it all the more epic Currently we are at our last camping site and are making chips with the last of our tortillas We also get to eat the last of our food FUN FUN Erin 8 18pm Thursday July 19th 2012 Today we canoed about 10 miles and stopped to have a magnificent lunch thanks to Ms Jen Jen and Mr Petey it was very yummy Then we continued on We got to our campsite and set up our tents to dry because of the rain and then had some tasty dinner Today was awesome I m sad to leave tomorrow P S we found a dead fish and I took some baked beans and spit it into it s mouth hahahahaha LOL Laura Their were a few more entries but our Journal came back to Fernbrook very saturated from the rain and a few pages the ink ran so badly that I could not read it The kids had a great time Hope to see another excited group next summer Posted in Camps Uncategorized Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program Meet the Staff for the Summer of 2012 Posted on August 2 2012 by Mr Brian For the 8 th consecutive summer parents are navigating up the Fernbrook driveway and dropping their children off for newfound adventures Just like in summers past the campers are delighted with their findings and just like in summers past the wonderful staff play a major role in each campers experience We pride ourselves in our staff so here they are Fiddlehead Staff Dan Pompile Many campers were happy to see Mr Dan return this summer after taking off last summer Mr Dan is the veteran of the staff as he is spending his 7 th summer at camp and clearly he loves it here and the campers love having him here Some of his favorite activities include Archeological Digging camper favorite Getting Lost and Outdoor Cooking Nate Hlad Nate is blessing us with a 3 rd straight summer at Fernbrook and he truly embodies our philosophy of letting campers explore their natural curiosities in a safe environment During the winter Nate teaches English at NJ United Christian Academy but each summer his enthusiasm and passion for nature bring him back to Fernbrook His love of the outdoors is infectious on the campers as he has developed a following that share in his excitement

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  • July, 2012 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    last week Mr Nate a Fiddlehead camp instructor surprised us all with the monster Bass he caught Proof that there are fish large ones too in the pond exciting Posted in Uncategorized Summer Letter from Farmer Q Posted on July 25 2012 by Farmer Q Dear Friends As you know Fernbrook is a working farm Now with summer camp in full swing the working takes on a different feel Trails are cleared garden 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 Farewell and Well Wishes from Miss Claire Posted on July 25 2012 by Jenna Many of you have heard that I am moving away from Fernbrook in August I am very excited for the next steps in life as my fiance and I plan a move job changes and wedding However it is very sad for me to be leaving Fernbrook and all the wonderful people that I have met here I d be lying

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  • March, 2012 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    than ourselves a group that embodies shared empathy support and openness We wave to faces we recognize without knowing names We offer help without asking for anything in return WE CARE Ribbons Fundraiser for Chesterfield Children The responses to the recent tragedy in our township with the school bus exemplify what community is all about There are blue and yellow ribbons all over New Jersey Many of the families impacted by the accident are part of the Fernbrook family But whether or not they have ever been to Fernbrook we extend to each of them our prayers and best wishes as they endure the many challenges of rebuilding Winter is a great time for planning around Fernbrook and the past few months have been action packed for the Education Center We re especially excited about forming a partnership with the Bonner Foundation scholars and Bonner Center at The College of New Jersey To see what the Bonner Foundation is all about visit the Bonner Foundation website or Bonner Center website Working together with Bonner we plan to extend out Urban Initiatives with Trenton schools At the same time we ve received a 25 000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation which will enable us to develop programs and bring kids to the Farm from six schools in Trenton We owe huge thanks to Shannan Gonzalez a Fernbrook camp mom for initiating the grant request with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation We re always working on summer camp and making improvements to the physical plant This year as we mentioned in the Winter newsletter we re building a low ropes course that will be used by all groups coming to Fernbrook The Kerney Barn thanks to the continued support of the James Kerney Foundation has heat installed and kitchen facilities for classes year round as well as plans to develop after school programs Pretty soon the tents will be up there s some trail clearing to be done and Miss Lydia is busy planting the Children s Garden The warm weather has jump started our efforts and enthusiasm Nature is busting out all over creation at its finest Let us give thanks to the Creator Hope to see you soon Larry Farmer Q Kuser Posted in About the Farm Camps Fiddlehead Summer Camp How You Can Help Newsletter Unit of Study Urban Initiatives Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program Tagged bonner foundation children s garden community grant grants James Kerney Foundation Kerney Barn low ropes course Robert Wood Johnson Foundation summer camp winter Rembering the Start of FFEC Posted on March 21 2012 by Mr Brian During the winter months I often like to reflect and think about my time at Fernbrook summer camp Time and again I think about the amazing circumstances that led to its start Here are some pieces to the story About 10 years ago I was working in a New England boarding school and spending my

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  • February, 2012 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    in the Kerney Learning Barn for all to see The weather was cold but not frigid and the campers discovered lots of fascinating ice designs and even some interesting sounds made by ice on the irrigation pond Other activities for the day included feeding the animals roasting marshmallows over the fire in the cottage making winter bird feeders to hang in the Fernbrook Rain Garden and on the Great Lawn played a survival game and stayed warm We have more Winter Break Camp to come on President s Day Feb 20th 2012 when students are off of school and Spring Break Camp is scheduled for April 9th 10th 11th as well as April 23rd and 24th 2012 to accommodate all our faithful summer camp families For more details about what we do during Winter and Spring Break Camps visit the Education Center website Registration forms can be printed and mailed to reserve a spot for your child ren to plug into nature with us during a day off of school Doesn t it make parents want to take the day off and explore Fernbrook with us also And if all this camp talk hasn t gotten you excited enough about spending time at Fernbrook maybe a little reminiscing will help with a 2011 Summer Camp Video It s worth the time and makes us laugh every time but you might need your campers to interpret the inside jokes so have them join you to watch these summer camp memories We hope to see you soon at Fernbrook Farms Education Center Posted in Camps Fall Break Camp Fiddlehead Summer Camp Spring Break Camp Winter Break Camp Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program Tagged activities animals farm Fernbrook Farms hiking ice Kerney Barn pond rain garden seasons Recent Posts Ms Jenna s Top

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  • January, 2012 | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    more improvements to our Kerney Barn thanks to the continued generous financial support of the James Kerney Foundation This is what we might call low tech cooking appliances biology chemistry and physics lab equipment projector and screen But the most important aspect of any of this technology at Fernbrook is to allow kids the opportunity to experience their wold firsthand We want kids to build an Archimedes Screw see article below not just research it on the internet We want them to catch a butterfly dissect a fish or unearth some creepy crawly thing from a decomposing log Children can touch taste smell and feel the real not the virtual at Fernbrook They can develop a sense of wonder They can challenge their curiosities through exploration and hands on activities As winter begins we often think that our natural world becomes dull and uninteresting Nature in winter can be a fascinating experience it s a different pace slower quieter a valuable lesson in our fast paced technological world Put out a bird feeder look for animal tracks check out the night skies and watch the sensational sunsets and sunrises we ve had During this holiday time of year we are given the opportunity to stop listen see and act with compassion toward our neighbors and our world May you and your family enjoy a happy and blessed season Larry Farmer Q Kuser Posted in Newsletter Tagged alternative energy education Farmer Q Fernbrook Farms Kerney Barn nature solar panels Exciting Camp News and Registrations Posted on January 5 2012 by Jenna The Education Center is thrilled to announce a new structural addition to our facilities which should be completed before the start of Summer Camp 2010 a low ropes challenge course Project U S E will be constructing three different elements to be used during Monday morning team building at Summer Camp and through the year for businesses classes and scout groups These elements will be built in the small meadow between the animal pasture and irrigation pond This is in addition to a few portable elements we have are building and an exciting second grant from the Kerney Foundation to continue improving the classroom kitchen and lab space in the Kerney Barn Along with these announcements Fernbrook Farms Education Center welcomes all families to check out registration that is now open for our Fiddlehead Summer Day Camp for ages 6 11 and Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program for ages 12 14 Looking for a birthday present for you child or grandchild Consider giving a summer week or a few school vacation days of special memories new experiences and friendships forged while exploring 230 acres of Fernbrook Farms So many discounts are available such as early registration discounts sibling discount returning camper discount active military discount and attend 4 or more weeks discount available as in the past This year we are also offering a special referral gift For each new family that writes your name on the how did you

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