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Education

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source, and destination of all.”

Wendell Berry

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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!

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To schedule a program at the farm, Rachel McGovern, naturalist and educator at: education@valleycrestfarmnj.org 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: info@valleycrestfarmnj.org or call 908.455.0691.

 

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Valley Crest Farm & Preserve grows and donates fresh produce to help people in need, maintains its farm and forest for education and recreation, and encourages respect for farms and nature.

Valley Crest Preserve Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

14 Allerton Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833 • 908-238-9696 • info@valleycrestfarmnj.org