“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source, and destination of all.”
These programs are designed for children of various ages to enjoy classes on the farm studying nature, agriculture, and so much more!
Christmas Movie PJ Party- December 7 (6-8pm)
Suggested ages 5-8
Need to finish your holiday shopping? Drop off your little ones to enjoy a fun pajama party at the farm! We will watch a Christmas movie, color, and make nature-inspired crafts while you’re out!
Autumnal Celebration- November 9 (9am-12noon)
Suggested ages 9-12
What better place is there to celebrate fall other than our beautiful apple farm? Come out to bake apple pies (one to take home and one to donate to a local family), hike and view the changing foliage, and create beautiful crafts and art to take home!
The following classes are curated for adults. Many programs listed under "Family" are great for adults as well! Make sure to check out the Family program list, too.
Eco College- Monthly on Friday evenings (7-9pm)
Friday evening Eco College classes are designed for interested youth and adults to study the balance between farms, nature and the human experience. The following classes are available for registration. Each class must be registered for separately.
How we Grow (September 28): This evening we will investigate the role of agriculture on our environment. We will consider what organic farming means, how conventional farming may impact our soil and water, and which “best practices” will help in your garden. Click here to register!
Waste (October 26): Too often we hear about plastic in the ocean and see litter in otherwise pristine areas. We will investigate the true impacts of our garbage and waste on the natural environment and see how successful various communities have been in reducing their waste. Click here to register!
Preserving the Harvest: Apple Sauce- November 16 (7-9pm)
Make your own canned apple sauce! This relatively simple recipe is a wonderful introduction to canning and preserving.
Audubon Christmas Bird Count- December 22 (9am-12noon)
Every year, the National Audubon Society compiles data retrieved by birders all over the world for their Christmas Bird Count. Grab your binoculars (if you have them) and join seasoned birders for a walk through Valley Crest’s property, searching for birds! You’ll learn to identify winter birds by sight and sound. All data will be submitted to the Audubon upon completion!
Participants should come prepared for the weather and able to walk on uneven surfaces. This program will take place almost entirely on the trails
Hayride and Eco-Tour (11-12pm)
Hop on the hayride to traverse the farm and learn all about this special property and the means used to maintain it in a sustainable fashion.
Autumnal Night Hike- September 21 (8-9:30pm)
Enjoy the crisp breezes that come from the early days of Autumn while traversing the trails of Valley Crest at night. Don’t forget to bring along a flashlight!
Apple Cidering- October 13 (12-1pm)
Learn about the history and current state of apple cidering before working together to make apple cider using an old-fashioned press. Afterwards, taste the fruits of your labor as you enjoy a glass of the freshest, tastiest cider you’ve ever had!
DIY Candle Making- October 20 (1-2:30pm)
Make your own candles using a variety of colors, scents and shapes! Halloween molds will be available to make spooky candles for the upcoming holiday.
Owl Search- December 21 (7-9pm)
Learn about owls before heading out for a quiet hike on the darkened trails, listening for the hushed calls of owls.
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!
To schedule a program at the farm, contact Rachel McGovern, naturalist and educator at: email@example.com or call 908 238 9696. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908.238.9696