Terhune Orchards offers two summer camp programs for children ages 7 to 12. Experience life on the farm and become a farmer 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. There is nothing like eating what you grow!
Terhune camps are certified by the State of New Jersey Youth Camp Standards. Camp sessions meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Register early. Space is limited. For additional details or questions, call the Farm Store at 609-924-2310 or visit terhuneorchards.com
Farm Camp. 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, and 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, and 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. Sessions: July 10 to July 14; July 17 to July 21.
Future Farmers Gardening Camp. Campers will have a full week of activities focused around planting, caring for, and harvesting in Terhune Orchards’ Children’s Garden as well as orchards and fields. Topics cover garden preparation and planting, tool safety, weeding, watering, plant types, and harvesting. Campers will harvest from among the 35 different crops grown at Terhune Orchards. They also go behind the scenes into understanding the machinery, animals, chores, crops, and business of running a farm.
Children will study insects and pollinators, take a nature hike, and learn about water cycles. They will also explore the farm’s natural habitats, wildlife, and ecology to understand the environmental context of the farm. 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!
Future Farmers Gardening Camp leader John Emmons is an elementary educator with more than a decade experience teaching science, environmental and garden education in Central New Jersey. He holds a BS in environmental planning and master’s in teaching (elementary education specialization).
Sessions: July 24 to July 28; July 31 to August 4; August 7 to August 11.
Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton. www.terhuneorchards.com. 609-924-2310.