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  • Homeschool Update | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    classes are underway with an overwhelming number of new students making this one of our most successful semesters thus far Over 125 homeschool students are attending classes for the next 8 weeks As we begin our 8 th year of homeschool classes we expect to make many new discoveries while exploring the forests fields meadows creek and pond Throughout these next 8 weeks the teachers are looking forward to seeing students take a special interest in the creatures and plants that make up their natural world Our Pre K and Kindergarten program taught by the ever popular Lydia Francis is one of our fastest growing programs The 3 and 4 year old students spent their first hour long class discovering the differences between living and non living things The 5 year olds explored weather and wind and even created their own weather vanes to test the direction of the wind Our Lower Level Homeschool program for children 6 11 years old is taught by Jenna Collins Fiona Mulligan and Kimberly Barlieb a new addition to our teaching team The first week of class the students searched the farm high and low for Amazing Arachnids We found various types of spiders and learned about the different webs they spin The Upper Level Homeschool program for children 12 14 years old is taught by Pam Newitt They are focusing on the Linnaen System of Classification of flora and fauna Throughout the semester they will not only be exploring the creatures that call Fernbrook home but they will have the chance to dissect a few specimens such as worms fish and frogs Our homeschool program has grown immensely since Fall 2005 when we began with only 20 25 students in attendance We believe that diversified experiential education will broaden their thoughts and prepare

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  • FFEC Students Build Archimedes Screw | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org/blog/2011/12/20/ffec-students-build-archimedes-screw/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Doane Academy Students Brave Winter Weather to Learn About Surviving (and Other Things, Too) | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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 Doane Academy Students Brave Winter Weather to Learn About Surviving and Other Things Too Posted on January 6 2014 by Mr Brian This December Doane Academy 6th graders spent the day at Fernbrook in 30 degree weather the wind chill made it feel colder to learn about Orienteering and Wilderness Survival These brave students after a primer on map and compass use completed our orienteering course in under an hour We then spent the afternoon in a wilderness survival simulation where students learned how to build fires and built their own survival shelters The chill only added to the fun students were able to imagine what trying to survive in extreme conditions would be like Orienteering and Wilderness Survival are two of my favorite outdoor education programs as they incorporate STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math learning while having fun using a compass or building a shelter that won t fall down All in all it was a great day out in the snow This entry was posted in Newsletter Partnerships

    Original URL path: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org/blog/2014/01/06/doane-academy-students-brave-winter-weather-to-learn-about-surviving-and-other-things-too/ (2016-04-29)
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  • NJ Farm to School Network and Fernbrook Farms in the News! | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    Next 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 of providing food as 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

    Original URL path: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org/blog/2012/10/11/nj-farm-to-school-network-and-fernbrook-farms-in-the-news/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Summer Letter from Farmer Q | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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

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  • A Spring Full of Field Trips – by Miss Jennifer | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    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

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  • Bonner Scholars: Another Successful Season of Partnership | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    Program ages 12 14 School Programs School Field Trips Unit of Study More 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 Bonner Scholars Another Successful Season of Partnership Posted on January 6 2014 by Mr Brian Fernbrook would like to thank the Bonner Scholars at The College of New Jersey for yet another successful season of partnership This fall Bonners were essential to events like the Farm Run and Not So Scary and were important members of the classroom teaching teams to support our Unit of Study Program in Trenton schools On top of that Bonners helped with everyday tasks tree cookie count 500 and are working on some exciting projects around the farm Thank you Bonners This entry was posted in Newsletter Partnerships Unit of Study by Mr Brian Bookmark the permalink Comments are closed Copyright 2011 2016 Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center P O Box 228 Bordentown NJ 08505 Non Profit Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center

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  • What The Children Are Saying! | Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
    say EW or scream when they see a spider voluntarily hold insects in their hands without fear I am so grateful that this is my job and even more so when we get the opportunity to work with children for whom this experience is completely foreign and would generally be out of reach I have always heard it said that you can only love what you know And by the time children leave Fernbrook they know at least a little more about the world around them In order to preserve our earth we need to raise kids who feel connected to the natural world Thanks to your support and the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation we have been able to plant this seed of environmental stewardship for hundreds of children who would not otherwise have had the opportunity We thank you and they thank you too Here are some excerpts from thank you letters we ve received from Trenton students who participated in the Unit of Study program this year Thank you for showing us different kinds of butterflies for showing us how ducks adapt for showing us different plants I really think that was the best trip I ever went on All of you made me feel like I was working on the farm Y L We learned stuff about plants and how they are related We learned that most plants have mutated into something new The whole experience was amazing I just can t fit it all into this letter C H First I just want to say thank you all so much I had such a blast I remember that Miss Jeanine took us to the meadow I remember seeing all of the different colored eggs I learned that sheep have four stomachs Thank you

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