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Farm N' Nature Retreat 2018

Whether your child likes to hike, swim, play games with friends or camp, Valley Crest is the place to be this summer. The Farm N' Nature Retreat brings campers close to nature, lets them explore natural foods and build lifelong friendships. Campers will be immersed in educational activities that are so fun, campers won't even realize they are learning!  We even have a beautiful campsite with platforms for overnight stays. Registration deadline is May 15.

See a general outline of activities below and we will send out more information on activities as the summer gets closer. Every day will include at least one craft that matches activities of the day, a hike, and free play time.


            Soaring Hawk Camp (10-11 year olds): July 30 - August 3

            Monarch Camp (8-9 year olds): August 6- 10

Both camp sessions will run from 9 am-4 pm each day. If your child is camping overnight on Thursday,  he/she will be picked up at the regular time, 4 pm, on Friday.

RATES: (Early Bird Discount- SAVE 10% if  you register by March 23!)

Camp fees are $265/ child (DAY CAMP ONLY)

$315/ child (includes overnight camping for one night)


Camp fees are $295/ child (DAY CAMP ONLY)

 $350/ child (includes overnight camping for one night)


Day One:   Exploration Day

Enjoy the fruits of farming (pun intended!) and learn how a commercial farm actually works with Farmer Pete and Farmer Jake.  Harvest and taste fruits from the farm, make your own preserves and more! Campers will learn about harvesting of fruits and vegetables through hands-on activities and friendly competitions. 

Day Two:   Games Day

Bring your favorite board or card game to camp and play it against new friends. Maybe you'll discover your favorite new game! We will also have a field day complete with water games and relay races.  Learn orienteering and how to use a compass, too!

Day Three:   Field Trip Day (Round Valley Recreation Area)

Campers and instructors enjoy a day of hiking, swimming and fun at Round Valley Recreation Area (minutes away from Valley Crest Farm & Preserve) to enjoy a day of hiking, swimming and fun. 

Day Four:   Camping Day

Set up camp at Valley Crest's campsite and prepare to spend the night if you want. Those who wish to may bring a tent (or share one with a friend), spend the evening under the stars and learn about the constellations.  During the day, campers will learn about outdoor safety and first aid, play games, roast marshmallows and practice camping skills. Those who are not camping will be picked up at the regular time. 

Day Five:   Nature Day

Hike, explore waterways and take on scavenger hunts that provide hands-on opportunities to learn about nature. Campers will search for benthic macroinvertebrates (underwater bugs), identify birds and other creatures in nature and complete fun experiments. 


About Registration

If you would like to sign up for our 2018 summer camp, please fill out the form below. This form does not ask for payment.  Rachel McGovern, the camp director, will review your information and contact you once she receives your application. She will provide a waiver for you to sign and information on how to submit payment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the camp director via phone or email.

 Rachel McGovern- (908) 238-9696 or email:

Summer Camp Registration

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 •