Here at Terhune Orchards, we invite young farmers to come and experience life on the farm this summer. Terhune Orchards welcomes children to enjoy a unique, fun-filled week of camp on our 250-acre working family farm. Be outdoors, discovering how a farm operates through fun, interactive and educational activities. Kids have a chance to be outdoors, off-screen and experience nature with our farm camps.
Our campers have an insider view and experience life on the farm. They become farmers for the week. Activities blend learning, doing and of course fun! Campers will explore the Children’s Garden, orchards, and barnyard here on our family farm. They will harvest and eat their own “Jersey Fresh” snacks from fruits and vegetables they pick.
Important for campers, staff and parents, Terhune Camps are certified by the State of New Jersey Youth Camp Standards. Our two talented camp directors bring a wealth of knowledge of the environment, agriculture and learning by hands-on fun.
These one-week sessions focus on how the farmer and nature work together to grow healthy crops. This hands-on program includes a variety of activities, games, crafts that will teach the campers about farm life. The children will visit Terhune Orchards’ fields to pick fruits and vegetables and prepare them for healthy snacks. Activities include becoming friends with our animals, including gathering our chickens’ eggs, brushing and feeding animals, studying insects, butterflies, and bees, identifying trees on the nature trail, learning about how farm and nature work together. Discover nature in the Children’s Garden. Additional fun includes hiking the Farm Trail, exploring the habitat of woods and learning about water quality at the Stony Brook stream.
Farm Camp is directed by Elaine Madigan, Terhune Orchards Education Director and Operations Manager for over 25 years
Farm Explorers Camp
Campers will have a full week of hands-on activities. Have fun being farmers in Terhune Orchards Children’s Garden: garden preparation and planting, tool safety, weeding, watering, plant types and harvesting. They also go behind the scenes into understanding the machinery, animals, crops and business of running a farm.
Campers will discover the farm’s natural habitats, wildlife and ecology to understand the environmental context of the farm. Investigate STEM through hands on activities, explorations, and experiments.
We also make sure to bring in a historical perspective to see how farming began and compare to where it is today. Throughout we play games, do activities, and keep learning fun!
Farm Explorers Camp Leader is John Emmons, Elementary Lab Science teacher and STEM teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rutgers University in Environmental Planning and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey.
For additional details and registration, visit www.terhuneorchards.com/summer-camp/