“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source, and destination of all.”
In this busy world we live in, we can sometimes get lost as to what’s important – for ourselves and especially for our children. Getting outside and experiencing nature is what childhood should be about. It excites the senses and encourages the world of exploration. Education is key to our mission at Valley Crest Farm & Preserve. Our goal is to foster a learning environment by bringing families outdoors to experience nature and life on a farm – picking a fresh apple off a tree, exploring streams and ponds for insects, or planting a seed to watch it grow into a delicious vegetable is what we do through our family programs and classes that are not only educational for FUN for the entire family!
August 21 from 11:30am- 3pm
Join us for a chance to catch the total solar eclipse! This opportunity does not come often. In fact, this is the first total solar eclipse in nearly a century to pass across the entire United States. What does it mean? A total solar eclipse is an event where the Moon blocks sunlight from reaching us. In the middle of the afternoon the sky will become dark and we will only see an outline of the moon!
Bring a picnic along and watch the total solar eclipse at Valley Crest! We will play games, have a campfire (and s'mores), and learn all about the incredible event occuring above us. Bring along chairs, a blanket and anything else you might need to feel comfortable in the afternoon. Please call (908) 238 9696 for more information or click here to register!
Upcoming Programs at the Farm
Solar Eclipse Picnic
August 4 from 6:30- 8:30pm
Come out to use our farm fresh peaches in some fun recipes! Press peaches for their delicious juice and make peach cobbler to enjoy together! This workshop is sure to be fun (and delicious)! Recommended for ages 14 and up. Spaces are limited!
Call (908) 238 9696 or click here to register!
Cookin' with Peaches
August 19 from 7:45- 9pm
Join our staff naturalist for a walk along the Valley Crest trails at night. Explore the farm and learn about the creatures that come out during the nighttime. Watch for fireflies, listen for owls and enjoy the trails. Don't forget a flashlight and sturdy shoes!
Call (908) 238 9696 or click here to register!
Night Hike for Families
Wilderness Survival Merit Badge
Boy scouts are invited to earn their Wilderness Survival Merit Badge at Valley Crest Farm & Preserve. Scouts will learn the art of making fire without matches, how to build a shelter and more!
This badge will meet on Wednesdays for three weeks; May 10, 17 and 24. Each class will run from 4- 5:30 pm.
Cost for this course, including all materials, is $35.
Scouts will have assignments to complete between classes, including staying a night in their own, homemade shelter.
For any questions please contact Rachel at email@example.com or (908) 238 9696.
Scouts must come dressed for the weather and must provide their own blue card.
Pre- registration is required. Please register through our events page or by emailing Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org
DIG, SOW, GROW! GARDEN SERIES
Ask children where their food comes from, and they’ll probably say McDonald's or the grocery store. With more children on the computer and fewer outside in nature, this lack of connection with our food sources has become a systemic problem in our country. A child’s health education starts with early nutrition and the belief is that if you start them early on healthy foods, it will set a habit for them later.
With this in mind, Valley Crest is offering Dig, Sow, Grow! in 2017. This program will meet once a week for 7 weeks and is best for 7-12 year olds. Young farmers will meet at Valley Crest to learn about plant, soil and nutrition science and to work on their own garden. At the end of the 7 weeks, these young farmers will harvest their produce and use it to create a snack that they will enjoy with their families. A true farm- to- table experience!
Meetings are once a week from May 16 through June 27. Each Tuesday we will meet from 10am- 11am. Our final day will include a "harvest party," so young farmers are encouraged to stay until 11:30am.
To register, please email email@example.com, call Rachel (908) 531 0305 or CLICK HERE to book online.
To schedule a program at the farm, Rachel McGovern, naturalist and educator at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908 531 0305. She will be glad to create an informative and fun-filled program for your students or scout group. Most of our public family programs begin in May and run through November. For children-only programs, fee is $5-7 per child and chaperones are free. For a few programs there is a small additional charge for materials. All program dates are subject to change.
NATURE BIRTHDAY PARTIES
For a unique experience to celebrate your child's birthday, come to Valley Crest! For a 3 hour party the fee is $250 for up to 25 guests. One hour will be devoted to a fun-filled and educational nature program with 2 hours for the party, setup and breakdown. Valley Crest provides tables and chairs and parents are responsible for decorations, food, drink, etc. We also require a $100 security/damage deposit that is refundable after the party. We also ask parents and family to chaperone, as needed. For details, please email: email@example.com or call 908.455.0691.