Learning, Doing, and Fun

Terhune camp chickens

Terhune Orchards provided exciting, educational and rewarding opportunities for campers. Experience life on the farm and become a farmer for the week. Activities blend learning, doing, and of course fun!

Campers will take advantage of our beautiful surroundings, streams, nature trail, and fields, get a closer look at our resident wildlife and barnyard friends. In addition to cultivation of the Children’s Garden, campers will explore the farm, harvest and sample crops in season. Wagon rides are part of the camp experience.

Terhune camps are certified by the State of New Jersey Youth Camp Standards. In their 15th summer, Terhune camps were awarded the Farm to School Excellence in Education Award by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Camp sessions meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For additional details or questions, call the Farm Store at 609-924-2310 or visit terhuneorchards.com/summer-camp/.

Farm Camp: This hands-on program includes a variety of activities, games, crafts and field trips that will teach the campers about farm life in two one-week sessions. Activities include visiting Terhune Orchards’ fields to pick fruits and vegetables, which campers then prepare for healthy snacks, becoming friends with our animals, including gathering eggs, feeding all the animals, studying insects, identifying trees on the nature trail, water quality, discovering nature in the Children’s garden (planting, caring and harvesting), to name a few.

Farm Camp is directed by Elaine Madigan, Terhune Orchards Education Director and Manager. Sessions: July 6 to July 10; July 13 to July 17.

Farm Explorers 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. 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. Sessions: July 20 to July 24; July 27 to July 31; August 3 to August 7.

Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton. www.terhuneorchards.com. 609-924-2310.