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  • Young Steward Summer Camp- Weekly Themes & Trips | 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 Young Steward Summer Camp Weekly Themes Trips Young Steward Summer Camp focuses on local history agriculture ecology and community building and of course FUN Campers spend their days exploring Fernbrook as well as local forests waterways and more Each day trip week the campers spend Monday and Friday exploring Fernbrook experiencing nature and making connections to their natural world Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday we use New Jersey as our classroom and go on day trips to local farms hike different forest ecosystems paddle watersheds and wetlands and explore the coastline based on the weekly theme We do offer a variety of summer camp options for this age group details can be found HERE If you need assistance determining what options work best for you and your child please contact us at 609 298 4028 or email Education fernbrookfarms com By clicking on the links below you will be able to see what the experiences have been like for past campers and see a list of the different types of day trips and overnight trips the Young Stewards will be participating in based on the theme of the week Week 1 June 27th July 1st Wilderness and Wildlife Week 2 July 5th July 8th Freshwater Ecology Week 3 July 11th July 15th Delaware River Canoe Trip 4 day 3 night canoe and camping trip Week 4 July 18th July 22nd Pine Barrens Explorations 1 overnight on the farm Week 5 July 25th July 29th Coastal Ecology I Week 6 August 1st August 5th NJ Forest Ecology 2 overnights on the farm Week 7 August 8th August 12th Watersheds and Wetlands Week 8 August 15th August 19th Appalachian Trail Hiking Trip

    Original URL path: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org/blog/young-steward-summer-camp-weekly-themes-trips/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Young Steward Delware River Canoe Trip Journal | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    sand and played games to keep from being bored We left our campsite at 9 15am When we got to tonight s campsite it instantly started raining and Kayla and I ran to the Port a Potty We were dry and everyone else was soaked After that we just swam in the river Okay I have to go play camouflage P S I accidently threw a rock at Kayla s face but she is OK Steph Huseby July 9 2014 9 00pm We started off the day with oatmeal and some fruit Surprisingly we got out on time We canoed for 8 miles until we stopped for lunch After that we traveled another 4 miles until we reached our campsite Once we got there it started to rain REALLY HARD Steph and I hid in the port a potty until the storm passed everyone else was soaked Later we went swimming in cold water For dinner we had spaghetti and vegetables Kayla Golas July 9 2014 9 53pm Today we started day 2 of our trip We canoed a total of 11 miles and by the end of the day we were all ready for some relaxing There was quite a rainstorm when we got to the campsite and I was soaked to the point it looked like I just came out of the river We ended up just swimming anyway Once it started to get dark we played camouflage and man hunt until we got tired enough to chill in the tent which is what we are doing now Elyse Whary July 9 2014 10 00pm We woke up this morning at 7am after a night of rain and a wet tent Breakfast was oatmeal with syrup and trail mix which I have never had before We were back on the water by 9 15am and canoed about 11 miles in all We stopped for lunch and had peanut butter jelly and fluff sandwiches fluff another great new food We arrived at our second campsite earlier than we expected just in time for a hardcore rainstorm We concluded our day with swimming pasta camouflage and man hunt Sophie Mann Shafir July 10 2014 7 15 pm The last two days have been more than adventurous with nightly rains and a good deal of thunder and lightning Our Stewards have really bonded through it all finding lots of way to keep each other entertained and always laughing The 4 young ladies and Andrew have gotten along fabulously For the most part all 5 have embraced their responsibilities whether canoeing washing dishes or pitching tents Every view of the river banks has been extraordinary from both sides Tonight we found an interesting campground close to the river with really cool hiking trails in every direction Right now Ms Jenna is preparing a fire with wood that we managed to keep dry through the afternoon rains We need the fire for popcorn and maybe even some s mores It s so peaceful

    Original URL path: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org/blog/2014/08/29/young-steward-delware-river-canoe-trip-journal/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Camps at Fernbrook in all Seasons | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    into nature Fascinated by nature s designs Our first day of Winter Camp on Martin Luther King Jr Day was a wonderful mix of outdoor fun animal time relaxing by the crackling fireplace and enjoying special winter activities We hiked through an area of Fernbrook forest that is rarely explored during summer camp and even found an animal skull along the way Based on the size location it was found and type of teeth it has the group of camper detectives settled on a young fox as their conclusion It is now on the well known Discovery Table 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

    Original URL path: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org/blog/2012/02/08/camps-at-fernbrook-in-all-seasons/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Planting a Rain Garden | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    Fundraisers Friends of Fernbrook Wishlist Urban Youth Scholarships Donate A Car Calendar Blog Previous Next Planting a Rain Garden Posted on January 5 2012 by Jenna For a few years FFEC has dreamed about and planned to add a rain garden at Fernbrook Last year at this time Farmer Q planted three River Birch in the wet circle in the middle 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 This entry

    Original URL path: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org/blog/2012/01/05/planting-a-rain-garden/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Nature Poetry by Upper Level Homeschool Students | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    Donate A Car Calendar Blog Previous Next Nature Poetry by Upper Level Homeschool Students Posted on April 28 2014 by Jenna Ms Pam s Upper Level Homeschool class started their Ecology semester by nature poems Here are a few examples of the students poetry Bonds and Relationships Nature is so full Of bonds and relationships Look around and see The soil helps the grass grow The robin eats the worm Thirsting plants drink melted snow From snowy blizzard storms To build a dam a beaver chews Apart an old birch tree Which is now a home for fungi To live so happily The soil helps the grass grow Thirsting plants drink melted snow The wind helps the water flow That s what nature is Nature is so full Of bonds and relationships Look around and see Emily Just Break It Down A last minute poem by Jack Barlow Just break it down Just break it down Leaves trees and rocks turn into ground Moss on the trees Moss on the trees Facing to ords the north So it doesnt lose its leaves WORMS WORMS WORMS Eating through the soil Vibrations they can sense that makes them really tense and when they run away they wont see another ray becuase the Robin folied the day I kinda rushed to do this I cannot tell a lie It s really kinda foolish But i learned a bunch of stuff that day at Fernbrook about the biotic and a biotic life forms That didnt ryhme Oops Nature Cinquains Daft duck Colorful carefree Swimming flying quaking As he moves around the dirty pond Wild duck Silence Stillness peaceful Chirping pecking rustling Listening to the forest sounds Roaring Sunshine Hot bright yellow Shines on us happily Beautiful friend of all creatures Day star Earthworms Slimy

    Original URL path: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org/blog/2014/04/28/nature-poetry-by-upper-level-homeschool-students/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Homeschool Update | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    who braved the harsh winter weather to enjoy nature and spend a few hours a week exploring the farm The students participated in classes about winter birds patterns in nature orienteering farm animal husbandry and so much more Some of the highlights from the winter semester included spotting red tailed hawks discovering the phenomenon of needle ice during our patterns in nature class learning how to survive hypothermia or a broken arm during our wilderness survival class and of course taking care of the baby lambs and goat kids during our farm animal husbandry class Despite the unsympathetic winter weather we spent most of our class sessions hiking through the woods following tracks around the creek and maintaining the farm animals and their living quarters We just started the first week of our Spring Homeschool Semester The teachers and students are eager for spring weather to arrive so we can get our hands dirty planting our container gardens as well as exploring the garden and meadow for insects to identify Our first class on Bats went off without a hitch As the kids learned about echolocation and the differences between microbats and megabats they had time to search for the

    Original URL path: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org/blog/2014/03/26/homeschool-update-2/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Programs | Fernbrook Farms Education Center, Bordentown, NJ
    throughout the school year for our unique 8 week semesters in the Fall Winter and Spring Parent Testimonials Fun exploration patient teachers Classes are hands on Actual farm environment Liked that size of the class was small more 1 1 with teacher Lots of hands on activities and loved the walks on the farm Example Class Topics Exploring Evaporation and Condensation As the seasons change what happens to all the summer rain Find out about the water cycle in this fun hands on activity about evaporation and condensation Butter Churning A staple of any farm butter is a natural product of milk Join in the fun as we milk the goats and turn it into a delicious butter topped with fresh herbs from the garden Crickets and Using Magnifiers It s a good thing there are insects in our world Explore these amazing critters through the lens of a magnifier Through observation and exploration we will learn about the habits and importance of the tiny creatures in our environment Compost Critters Around the farm lives a diverse world of tiny critters Learn how they live and create a habitat to watch them in their environment Recycling Paper Recycling is an important part of our everyday lives We will learn how recycling benefits the environment and make our own recycled paper Fossil Discovery So much of what we see on the farm will leave an imprint for future generations to learn from In this activity we will explore identify and compare everyday nature items to fossils left from long ago Our Sense of Touch Explore your sense of touch with a Feely Box Using games and feeling sensations children will understand how important their sense of touch is in learning about the world around us Our Sense of Smell Our sense

    Original URL path: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org/programs/pre-k-and-kindergarten (2016-04-29)
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  • Young Environmental Artists at FFEEC | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    degree in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia we were able to create an Environmental Art Education experience for homeschool students who attended Fernbrook s Fall Winter Bridge Program The students registered for 3 two hour classes and throughout those three classes the students completed two projects The first project focused on the fish of the Delaware River more specifically Shad American Eel and White Perch The students learned about the parts of the fish as well as the local watershed system that Fernbrook Farms is a part of The students created paper mache fish using a balloon newspaper tape and flour water mixture They had to decide what the tail dorsal pectoral and pelvic fins were going to look like and where they were going to be placed The students had full creative control when it came to decorating their fish with Mod Podge and tissue paper They could create a natural look using greens browns and yellows or create an abstract colorful look using all of the colors of the rainbow The second project consisted of making homemade drawing charcoal The students collected sticks that had fallen from Willow Sycamore and Maple trees After peeling off as much bark as possible we placed the sticks in tin boxes wired them shut and placed them in a roaring fire We let the fire completely die down and let the boxes cool completely before allowing the students to draw with the homemade charcoal The focus of the drawings was winter trees and their branching patterns The students were encouraged to shade the background of the drawing paper to create a horizon line and sky line Our goal for this program was to broaden the minds of our students by encouraging them to pull inspiration from

    Original URL path: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org/blog/2014/01/06/young-environmental-artists-at-ffeec/ (2016-04-29)
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