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  • education | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 FFEC Students Build Archimedes Screw Posted on December 20 2011 by Jenna FFEC is working on adding more engineering and alternative energy projects and applications on the property These students took on a big trial project with the Archimedes Screw at the Fernbrook irrigation pond after building mini waterwheels also during the semester The following article was written for our newsletter by Sarah K 13 years old This fall I participated in the Upper Level Homeschool classes at Fernbrook Farm Our topic was Water Ecology and we spent the semester learning about water its place in nature and how humans affect the water supply Six teens attended this semester and we were educated and entertained by Ms Pam our instructor During the last two classes we designed and built an 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 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 from

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  • spring | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 Another Lamb Born Posted on March 29 2011 by Jenna Lydia the animal farmer and Toddler Program instructor just came in to tell us that another lamb arrived this morning Unfortunately the mother isn t producing milk for it yet so Lydia is bringing over sheep s milk substitute So now we have 3 little lambs scampering around the barnyard Posted in About the Farm Tagged animals education farm lamb sheep spring 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

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  • alternative energy | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    the semester The following article was written for our newsletter by Sarah K 13 years old This fall I participated in the Upper Level Homeschool classes at Fernbrook Farm Our topic was Water Ecology and we spent the semester learning about water its place in nature and how humans affect the water supply Six teens attended this semester and we were educated and entertained by Ms Pam our instructor During the last two classes we designed and built an 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 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

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  • engineering | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 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

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  • Farmer Q | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 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

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  • barn | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 Posted in Press Releases Tagged barn campfire food Kerney Barn music pond volunteers wagon ride 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 things to test measure and chart Also our animals are getting some enlarged pasture space The goats will have all the area around the old barn while the sheep will be moved out in a larger area and keep T Bone company On a different note Miss Jennifer is taking the summer off to have a baby due date is July 13 We wish her all the best and look forward to having her back in the Fall As summer begins all of us at Fernbrook wish each of you a happy safe and blessed summer and we hope to see you on the Farm Farmer Q Posted in Newsletter Tagged animals barn education Farmer Q Fernbrook Farms rain garden solar panels 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

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  • fernbrook | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    an otter Jamie and Emily The River Shark and Drew and Maddie The Titanic So that was our 1 2 day I don t want this trip to end Valerie 1 37pm Thurs 8 11 11 Today we woke up and had pancakes It was so good Today we are canoeing about 9 miles When we stopped Ms Claire and Mr Pete had to go and save three people They tipped in the rapids and all of their gear fell out into the water Right now we are eating lunch actually leaving We skipped rocks and talked I can t wait until we go to an actual bathroom Ok bye Jamie 4 45pm Thurs 8 11 11 Today we woke up and ate pancakes that tasted like funnel cake Mr Pete slept for about 13 hours We also go to use a bathroom with indoor plumbing Ms Claire and Mr Pete had to rescue strangers who sunk their canoe Our campsite for tonight is pretty small but we all fit and the current is very strong Emily 5 00pm Thurs 8 11 11 Today is our last full day here We canoed about 9 miles We stopped somewhere along the way for flushing toilets and water we don t have to filter We got to our campsite and it s pretty small Me Val Jamie and Emily went swimming but the current was strong so we tried to walk swim against it When we got far away we linked arms and lifted our feet We were floating down the river Me and Mr Pete named our canoe the Fernbrook Frontiers Only 5 more miles to go Andrea 5 15pm Thurs 8 11 11 Today we woke up to pancakes which were made by Ms Claire David Kyle and I After the tasty breakfast we went on for a few hours until we stopped to help these flipped people Mr Peter and Ms Claire canoed to help them Over all it was a good day Drew 5 25pm Thurs 8 11 11 I jumped into the water and broke a brace It was very funny because now I have 1 brace on my front teeth Me and David are looking at a bone and we think it is human Kyle 5 30pm Thurs 8 11 11 Today we didn t see as much as previous days This morning we had pancakes cooked in so much oil that they tasted like funnel cake One thing I hate about this trip is filtering water The filter falls apart every 5 seconds When we were canoeing we went through Class 1 rapids and no one tipped David 8 30am Friday 8 12 11 We woke up pretty early this morning 6am to get a good start for canoeing When I stepped outside my tent I found out that my bag had been searched by raccoons They had eaten all of my trail mix and the only thing I could salvage was one mint Also

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  • food | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 Posted in Press Releases Tagged barn campfire food Kerney Barn music pond volunteers wagon ride 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 children as possible we have also recently launched our new Outreach Program thanks to a partnership with Little Fish Theatre a theatre company that is also in partnership with Adventure Aquarium for their outreaches There are three Outreach Programs currently available that will come to your school library festival or special event Rock the Boat Barnyard Boogie is a live band that plays original children s music about life on the farm playing outside and nature in a fun style that will have children of all ages up on their feet dancing and singing along The History of Food In 40 minutes or less is a hilarious fast paced play about the complete history of food and farming from cavemen to today Of Plastic Things and Butterfly s Wings An Environmental Fable is a found object puppet show that explores watershed and non source point pollution from field to ocean in order to teach us all about the importance of caring for the environment If you are interested in booking any of our new programs or existing ones or would like more information please contact us at Education fernbrookfarms com or 609 298 4028 In other news I m also happy to report that I will be on maternity leave this summer I will be back in mid September but in the mean time all School Program questions can be directed to Claire Wildermuth Director of Public Programs or Marna Matthews Administrative Assistant Get outside and have a great summer Jennifer Totora Director of School Programs Posted in Newsletter Programs School Field Trips Tagged animals barn education fernbrook food garden nature pond songs Mother s Day Brunch Coming Up on May 8th Posted on April 25 2011 by Jenna Treat Mom

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