Terhune Camps are certified by the State of New Jersey Youth Camp Standards
Terhune Orchards welcomes children to enjoy a unique, fun-filled week of summer camp on the farm.
As a 200 acre working family farm, Terhune Orchards provides exciting, educational and rewarding opportunities for campers. Campers will engage in hands-on activities that provide an understanding of how a farm operates.
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 the crops in season. Wagon rides are a part of the camp experience. The activities and crafts blend learning, doing, and of course fun! Campers spend time both outside exploring the farm as well as inside engaged in activities in our beautiful Amish built barn.
Come and experience life on the farm. Five weeks of fun on the Farm. See descriptions of weekly camp programs below.
Schedule for 2018
July 9 to July 13
July 16 to July 20
Farm Explorers Camp
July 23 to July 27
July 30 to August 3
August 6 to August 10
Ages 7-12 years
Camp Session: 9am-3:30pm $345/week
Before care: 8am-9am $25/week
Download and mail in registration and medical FORMS with payment.
Register early since space is limited. For additional details or questions, call the Farm Store at 609-924-2310.
Farm Camp at the Farm
The two one-week sessions focus on how the farmer and nature work together to grow healthy crops.
This hands-on program includes a variety of activities, games, crafts and field trips that will teach the campers about farm life. 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. Hiking the Farm Trail, exploring the Stony Brook, and a trip to the Howell Living History Farm to compare a modern family farm to practices at the turn of the century provide additional fun activities for the campers.
Examples of hands-on fun activities:
- Flower press and pressing flowers.
- Visual “story stick” of farm trail hike using found objects.
- Treasure box to collect finds!
- A nature journal, nature poetry.
Camp Director: Elaine Madigan, Terhune Orchards Education Director and Manger for twenty-five years. Elaine is a naturalist and artist who enjoys sharing her love of discovery with children of all ages.
Farm Explorers Camp
The three one-week sessions filled with different actives each week. The activities blend learning, doing, and of course fun!
- Be farmers in our own Children’s Garden: garden preparation and planting, tool safety, weeding, watering, plant types and harvesting
- Investigate STEM through hands on activities, explorations, and experiments
- Harvest from the fields, cook “Jersey Fresh” snacks, taste, and take home farm fresh produce
- Interact with farm animals by learning about their role on the farm, what they eat, and how they are cared for
- Explore the farm “behind the scenes” the buildings, the tools, and the wide variety of crops
- Explore and investigate the natural world around the farm
- Enjoy farm games and sports
- Learn, laugh, explore, make friends, and build wonderful memories
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Camp Director: John Emmons is an elementary Science and STEM teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rutgers University in Environmental Planning and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey. He has been awarded grants for school gardens and educational projects and awards for his innovative teaching.
What do parents say?
“This camp is a highlight of our year. Our kids can’t wait to return”
“My daughters loved camp. They couldn’t wait to go in the morning and they didn’t want to leave in the afternoon. They were excited to tell me everything that they did and show me all the crafts they made, all of which we still have…Almost as soon as it was over they asked when they could go back.”