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  • Jenna | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    part of the school s contribution in the fight against hunger Isles and Fernbrook Farms partners in the garden project have provided invaluable guidance and support in the design and maintenance of the garden Students have visited Fernbrook Farm and learned the critical components relevant to growing and producing real food In addition the Fernbrook Farm program ensures a meaningful and constructive learning opportunity for students exposing them to experiences that only a farm provides Thank You NJ Farm to School Network and Village Charter for your continued support of our educational programs and the idea that educating our children about where their food comes from is very beneficial Posted in About the Farm School Field Trips Unit of Study Urban Initiatives Young Stewards Canoe Camping Trip Journal July 17th 20th Posted on August 30 2012 by Jenna The following are journal entries from the Young Stewards 12 14 year old Fernbrook Campers during our 4 day canoe trip along the Delaware River We started in Milford PA and canoed 36 miles to the Delaware Water Gap See photos on Fernbrook Farms Education Center s facebook page https www facebook com media set set a 10151075263897929 453568 330394427928 type 3 8 55pm Tuesday July 17th Whew That s a lot of canoeing 8miles so far out of 36 tomorrow we re doing 12 I hope our arm muscles are up for the job So today a snack stop where we observed lot of fish skeletons we found the campsite after alot of Is that the campsire No nevermind Thanks to some very nice teachers who were also camping we were able to camp at the same site even though the rule is first come first serve Yummy hot dogs and basked beans not so tasty for dinner and them some swimming to end the day Sarah Signing Off 9 10pm Tuesday July 17th 2012 Wow what a work out We canoed so much today about 8 miles Most people had to stop and rest for a bit but we needed to push on It tooks us about 4 hours Along the way we stopped to have trail mix and clementines Today was soooo much fun I can t wait for tomorrow Laura 9 30pm Tuesday July 17th 2012 Canoeing really work on your muscles Tomorrow I know will be even harder Canoeing is hard but the trip itself is a lot of fun At first I was canoing with Sarah and we were swerving all over the place Then I got put with a counselor and we stuck out ahead Beth 9 50pm Tuesday July 17th 2012 Today we started our trip Claire nicely drove us there Pete slept the enitre time We got our canoes and began the journey Jen Jen said we would only have to canoe 6 miles we canoed 8 It may not seem that bad but you can feel it in your arms There was a dock we passed that we could have been dropped off at but apparently we needed a challenge well its 9 54 and tomorrow we have to canoe 13 miles so I must get to bed Erin 2 00pm Wednesday July 18th 2012 Today we canoed about 9 miles so far It then started to thunder as we sat down and had a yummy peanut butter jelly sandwich We sat down to rest wait for the storm to pass It was quite a fun day so far I can t wait to see what tomorrow brings Laura 2 30pm Wednesday July 18th 2012 Today was so much easier than yesterday I think I was used to the canoeing Laura and I are canoeing partners we work great together We are in sync not N SYNC though We are currently waiting for a storm to pass and I believe we are ready to go over and out Erin 3 37pm Thursday July 19th 2012 I ve discovered that camping is startlingly similar to my regular life somtimes I just want to sit down and cry or yell but mostly I really enjoy it I m so glad I came on this trip Peter and Jenna are wonderful and so are the other campers Just canoeing in general is pretty fun So anyway today we canoed around 10 miles which I found easier than the 12 miles we did yesterday Ms Claire is coming to pick us up tomorrow at around 1 00pm I will miss this trip and everyone on 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

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  • activities | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 5

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  • animals | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 Letter From Farmer Q Summer 2011 Posted on July 1 2011 by Jenna Dear Friends As we look forward to summer camp we can look backwards at a very exciting and successful half year Schools from all over the state and Pennsylvania came to Fernbrook for a field trip this spring over 1 200 students in all Thanks to the efforts of Miss Claire and Miss Jennifer and all our staff these kids had a fun hands on learning experience Also we launched our Unit of Study program in four Trenton inner city schools this spring Based on our evaluation results these children were engaged and learned a great deal Check out our other blog posts to see the full results and comments from teachers and students Our Toddler Program continued to gain in popularity The word is out that Miss Lydia runs a great fun learning program a real live touch and feel experience Our physical space has seen a few changes Thanks to a generous gift from Mary Lehr Meda Pharmaceuticals we now have some sophisticated science investigation equipment including microscopes lab tables scales beakers test tubes etc The big trees have been planted in the barnyard as the first phase of developing our rain garden Between that and our new solar panels the kids will have lots of

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  • farm | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 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 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

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  • Kerney Barn | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    January 5 2012 by Farmer Q Dear Friends Technology is a wonderful thing especially when it works You ve probably experienced the frustration of your computer not working the way you 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 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 hear about Fernbrook line of their registration form we will award your family one camp t shirt of any available size on your first day of camp this summer We will be holding three Summer Camp Open Houses for families who are new to Fernbrook to take a tour meet staff and learn about our program Past families can also come and see the changes Bring a new family along to meet the expected babies in the animal barn and get an introduction to 2012 camp Lastly just a reminder that Winter Camp 2012 is held on Martin Luther King Jr Day as well as President s Day for kids to experience Fernbrook in the wonderful winter Activities include animal tracking in the snow winter bird watching building survival shelters with snow if we have some caring for any early animal babies possibly and many other activities to enjoy winter on the Farm Bring your children to Fernbrook to experience the wonders of Winter Camp with us when they don t have school Posted in Camps Newsletter Tagged Challenge Course education Fernbrook Farms Kerney Barn 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

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  • pond | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    Archimedes Screw An Archimedes Screw is a tool that transports water uphill with out a pump Though it was rather useful in the time of Archimedes it isn t as necessary now as it was back then Nevertheless we decided to proceed with our project Final Construction Changes An Archimedes Screw basically looks like a pipe with a giant screw inside it hence the name Archimedes Screw However we were unable to find a screw quite big enough at the hardware store So we chose a different design that used readily accessible materials To make it we took a 14 foot PVC drainpipe and wrapped a spiral of aquarium tubing around it attaching the tubing with duct tape pink zebra stripes It didn t look awesome but we hoped it would work Using more PVC and more duct tape we built a supportive frame and hand crank We looked at our masterpiece and thought or I thought at least I really hope this works It had better work Then we hauled it down to the pond and placed it in the spot we had chosen for it David a member of the class stepped forward and began to turn it and our great Archimedes Screw fell down Unfortunately there was a problem with one of the supporting poles which we then fixed Mostly Right now you have to steady the pole after a few cranks of the handle If you walk down to the Fernbrook Irrigation Pond you can see our majestic Archimedes Screw for yourself and you can marvel that it actually works most of the time Sarah K Posted in Homeschool Newsletter Programs Upper Level Homeschool Tagged alternative energy education engineering pond students 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

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  • rain garden | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    of the offices and Kerney Barn buildings to get the ball rolling This October Fernbrook Homeschool students ages 6 14 learned about the advantages and necessary considerations before planning the design of the Fernbrook rain garden Pinelands Nursery Bowman s Hill Wildflower Preserve and Fernbrook Nursery donated the wetland loving shrubs ferns and grasses that the students planted Then in November the staff prepped the garden for winter with mulch and bird feeders and we are now watching winter birds come to the new rain garden Homeschoolers planting in the Rain Garden In spring we will watch the garden come back to life showing how the students planned the flower colors and habitat design Over time we plan to add a wooden boardwalk bridge over the middle a small pond with lilypads and educational signs for visitors Posted in Camps Newsletter Programs Spring Break Camp Tagged education Fernbrook Farms nature rain garden spring Fall 2011 Letter from Farmer Q Posted on September 23 2011 by Farmer Q One of the fun things around Fernbrook is that we re always becoming There s never a dull moment We re always looking for new programs to add ways to improve existing programs 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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  • seasons | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 As the Seasons Change Posted on September 23 2011 by Jenna To most people the Education Center has an unusual yearly schedule We start our year in Fall anxious to teach field trip students about tasty fall crops take homeschool students to the forests for dendrology lessons and plan our Not So Scary Halloween and Wreath Making family programs The seasons change and we build towards our most busy season summer with up to 100 campers each week exploring the farm and taking camping trips throughout New Jersey As we end this past summer and begin our new year with fall schedules I ve realized how important it is for staff to stop and reflect every so often like we encourage our campers to do during nature journal time Environmental education can be a tough profession with all the outdoor activity on both very hot and very cold days discipline issues changing plans due to storms and weather keeping students of all ages and grade levels engaged and safe and acquiring funding for nature and agriculture programming More importantly environmental education can be an extremely rewarding and far reaching profession Over the last year I have witnessed some incredible instances of compassion education eagerness and wonder during our programs that make every moment of stress and extra hour of work more than worthwhile for all of our environmental educators This summer Mr Peter and myself took groups of Young Stewards 12 14 year olds on two separate 4 day camping trips that provided a multitude of feel good moments Most notable were hearing the campers excited story telling to all who would listen about our Black Bear sighting a first for many in the group and reading journal entries describing the family bonds campers created on a 4 day trip with others they didn t know at the beginning of the week Just yesterday a 6 year old homeschool student was at Fernbrook for the first time and our group was traveling through the field pond area and woods searching for reptiles and amphibians We came across many earthworms along the pond trail and the new student stopped behind the group saying that she was terrified to go near any worms Before I could even get to the student an 8 year old who was very worried about new creatures when she first came to

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