The perfect way to teach the importance of farming, food production, and respect for nature is to visit our outdoor classroom a real, working family farm. Age-appropriate information on how fruits and vegetables grow, basic science and biology are all part of a fun at the farm.
All tours can enrich classroom or home school programs in social studies, environmental issues, New Jersey studies and a host of other topics. We meet many New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
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Spring is the busy time for plowing and planting. April through June is the time to enjoy our gardening program. Tour groups will learn about the needs of seeds, the parts of plants. and irrigation. Children dig for subterranean aliens (earth worms) and learn about their importance. As part of the program, children will plant mini-gardens to care for at home. A refreshing treat of apple cider and a crisp apple rewards our young gardeners. Complete your visit to the number one attraction at Terhune Orchards, the farm animals. This program is appropriate for children 3-10. Tour length – 1 ½ hours.
As spring heats up into summer, the farm hums with activity. Our summer discovery tour investigates nature along our Farm Trail. During June, July and August our one-mile trail is host to many wild flowers, insects and animals. Children learn the life cycle of insects and how the farmer uses that information to care for his crops. There are “good guys” and “bad guys”out there. Our journey through the deciduous forest gives rise to discussion on recycling and the role of natures FBI (fungus, bacteria and insects). A crisp apple and apple cider awaits our hikers at the end of their walk. As a remembrance of their day, children make an insect craft. Tour length 1 ½ hours.
We take pride in our way of life and love to share that with the community. We think that is why teachers return year after year to Terhune Orchards each fall. It is important to see where food comes from and how it is grown. Terhune Orchards is a preserved farm, so someday these children may bring their own children here to see the farm. During the one hour walk, the discussion includes how apple trees and apples grow. We talk about pollination and those busy bees.
If the cider press is in operation during your visit, it’s a must see. One thing is fore sure – kids go for the number one attraction here on the farm, the barnyard animals!
Each visitor receives a crunchy apple and cup of apple cider. The children get a souvenir Terhune Orchards coloring book to remember the day.
This program is appropriate for children 3 and up. Tour length 1 hour. All material is presented in an age appropriate manner. Round out your day by picking apples or pumpkins, or both!
Elaine Madigan, an experienced teacher, naturalist, animal-lover and long-time Terhune Orchards’ employee, and her knowledgeable and energetic group of Tour Guides lead the way. In addition to their experience working with children of all ages, Elaine and her staff bring a wealth of creativity, energy, and knowledge to each tour they lead. The tour guides, all experienced teachers, adapt the tour to match the age and interests of each group. Group leaders are encouraged to identify curricular areas they would like the guide to emphasize.
We recommend nearby Rosedale Park for large groups to eat lunch before or after visiting Terhune Orchards. Please call 609-924-2310 for directions. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate groups for lunch at Terhune Orchards.