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  • Summer Camp Open House | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 Summer Camp Open House Back to Calendar When April 24 2016 1 00 pm 3 00 pm Add to Calendar Add to Google Categories Fiddlehead Summer Camp Young Stewards Summer Enrichment Program Thinking about sending your camper to Fernbrook this summer Come experience how our Summer Camp Programs for campers ages 3 14 can be the experience of a lifetime for your campers Staff members and the camp director will be here to meet your campers answer your questions and show you around the farm Summer Camp Open Houses are a great opportunity to enjoy an afternoon on the farm complete with snacks wagon rides and visits with the farm animals Drop in anytime between 1PM 3PM Contact the Education Center at 609 298 4028 with any questions This entry was posted by Allison Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Copyright 2011 2016 Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center P O

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  • Thank You Summer Camp Families | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    is in full swing It s hard to believe the camp season ended less than 6 weeks ago and yet it seems like the school year has been around forever Each year we look to improve the camp and now is the time to reflect and evaluate how some of the improvements impacted camp life this past summer as we start to plan for next summer First and foremost was the improvement in the Kerney Barn For anyone that was able to step into the barn the visual improvements were obvious cabinets refrigerators sinks etc From my viewpoint the improvements were priceless as the opportunities for engaging campers were endless The kitchen gave us the resources to give kids a range of hands on experiencesfrom making omelets using our own Fernbrook eggs and veggies to getting dirty by making their own play dough Another improvement around campus was the addition of several elements in the low ropes course We value team building at Fernbrook and the low ropes elements gave us another resource to challenge kids to push their own personal comfort zones while being supported by their peers to find success These elements really highlight the importance of working together and supporting one another to achieve both group and individual goals Another major change around campus was the addition of Lydia Francis as our garden expert Her presence and expertise in the garden provided the campers many varied hands on learning experiences as they spent time exploring the garden Discoveries in the garden truly became an enjoyable part of Fernbrook life that both campers and staff appreciated There were 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

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  • Fernbrook Favorite Fall Soup | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    A Car Calendar Blog Previous Next 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

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  • Letter From Farmer Q | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    want it to or your GPS taking you down the wrong road Smart technology vs dumb people It seems to me that the challenge is to balance all this technology with human relationships Not only relationships with each other but with our communities our land our food our environment Like in so many other places technology becomes more and more a part of Fernbrook all the time We use email and Facebook to send program and event updates rather than the postal service We re creating online registration for summer camp and eventually you ll be able to pay for all programs online Our solar array can be monitored online as well We ve planned several 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

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  • Supporter Appreciation Day | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    Donate Now Fundraisers Friends of Fernbrook Wishlist Urban Youth Scholarships Donate A Car Calendar Blog Previous Next Supporter Appreciation Day Posted on November 7 2011 by Farmer Q In preparing for our first Supporter Appreciation Day it became astounding to us just how many of you there are who support Fernbrook Farms Education Center Over 300 From those who write us checks to volunteering your time to providing us with donations of materials we truly appreciate each and every person who helps make this a special place for so many children New Fernbrook Outreach Program by Little Fish Theatre The day itself could not have been better sunshine cool temperatures great food and music Everyone got to check out our rain garden the solar system and the Kerney Barn science lab We got to sample the foot stompin hand clappin music of Little Fish Theatre We re booking them all over the state as our outreach to promote Fernbrook Farms Education Center and get kids outdoors Mr Brian was MC for our hayride that ended up at the campfire ring for some good ole marshmallow roasting Farmer Q dedicating the Eric Tadlock Trail We then took the haywagon to the pond and everyone walked around the pond no frogs this time of year to the upper stream trail dedication it s now officially the Eric Tadlock Trail in recognition of his successful creation of the Fernbrook Education programs Everyone had a fun time To those of you who could not attend we say thank you for your support and invite you to visit the farm anytime We re excited about the future many improvements are planned from a low ropes course to expanded animal barn to a weather station It all happens thanks to you This entry was posted in

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  • Fall 2011 Letter from Farmer Q | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    or expand in different directions All of this is because of the energy and enthusiasm of the staff their willingness to try new things and explore possibilities Wendell Berry has said that one of the greatest challenges of agriculture is how do you stay in one place and grow intellectually creatively emotionally Here at Fernbrook we strive to meet that challenge everyday Jenna Collins who came to us this year as a summer camp instructor is now on our year round staff coordinating our Unit of Study programs with the City of Trenton at risk youth and running our School Field Trip programs Last year we worked with four schools in Trenton this year we re targeting six schools We ll also be attending the NJEA Conference in November part of our marketing program to bring more schools to Fernbrook exposing more kids to agriculture the sources of their food and making choices for a healthy lifestyle New plans on the horizon include more fully developing our rain garden and making it part of our curriculum Also we should have our solar energy monitor up and running soon so all can see the extent of the sun s energy on the Farm Alternative sources of energy are always important at Fernbrook so we are looking into other projects using wind and water as our source We re hoping to develop a weather station as well a great teaching tool for children to study and experience firsthand We re also working on the Kerney Barn to be able to have cooking classes and do science experiments I think Wendell Berry would be proud of us As always we welcome your ideas and suggestions If you can introduce us to people or companies that share our interests if you want us to

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  • Young Stewards Week 1: Wilderness and Wildlife | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    take campers exploring the different habitats that New Jersey s native wildlife call home The campers will also visit different wildlife refuges and sanctuaries which care for injured or orphaned native or exotic wildlife Campers will understand the importance in assisting these animals and returning them back into the wild or placing them in the proper facilities The campers will have a chance to meet with wildlife rehabilitators to understand ways they can help conserve the wilderness and wildlife of New Jersey Past field trips and activities included Visiting the Marine Mammal Stranding Center MMSC in Brigantine NJ The campers had a guided tour of their Sea Life Museum and rescue and rehabilitation center With the help of an intern from the MMSC the campers participated in a mock sea turtle on the beach where they learned the steps to a successful sea turtle rescue including identifying injuries proper handling measuring and documenting techniques Exploring Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford NJ The campers get a unique experience at Woodford where we hike their 170 acres of wilderness trails looking for signs of animals that are native to the Pine Barrens Then we explore the resident wildlife that live

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  • Young Stewards Week 1: An Agricultural Exploration | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    1 of the Young Stewards program will feature visits to farms and gardens all over New Jersey During their field trips campers will spend Monday and Friday on the farm exploring Fernbrook and making connections with their natural world on our 230 acre campus Through hands on activities and adventures campers will experience first hand why New Jersey is called the Garden State Past field trips and activities included Visiting Tassot Apiaries at Buzzing Acres Farm in Milford NJ There we went on a tour of the farm participated in a short class on bee keeping and assisted the bee keepers in cleaning and preparing new beehives Visiting 7th Heaven Farm which humanely raises grass fed and pastured non GMO organic lamb goat beef veal pork chicken and eggs located Tabernacle NJ We toured the farm and assisted Carla with some daily farm chores Working with Mr Jim Simon from ISLES a non profit organization that serves the city of Trenton in Trenton to prepare school gardens at the inner city Trenton schools We volunteered our time at the Gandhi Garden in Trenton to help with some general garden responsibilities Visiting Lee Turkey Farm where we picked fresh vegetables and

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