Hatchery

The Hatchery is a weekday morning program for children 3-5 years old. It is designed as a "first-time" farm experience for children, introducing them to animals, crops and farm living through hands-on activities that are safe, fun and educational while a parent volunteers their time helping with other farm activities.

The program is staffed by a Hatchery teacher, who is assisted by one or two Hatchery parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality.

During the 3 hour program, Hatchery children spend their time on several types of activities:

Chores: Through daily chore routines, children learn about the needs and products of farm animals. Routines involve some or all of the following: collecting eggs, pumping water for work horses, shelling corn for geese, putting hay in sheep manger, putting straw in calf pen.

Seasonal Activities: In the spring, children visit baby animals, plant a garden, and see a sheep being shorn. In the fall, children pick and decorate pumpkins, dig potatoes, husk Indian corn and make a wallow for the pigs.

Crafts: Children make crafts using materials from the farm: corncobs, egg shells, wool, feathers, etc. Sometimes a cooking or baking project is done instead of a craft. 

Storytelling and Singing: Farm related themes are used to reinforce what children have learned about animals, crops and nature.

Outdoor Fun: Children explore the farm and its seasons through walks, games and play.

Application:
The programs runs for 12 weeks Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 9:15am-12:15pm., starting Sept. 20, 21 and 22.  One parent must join the Farm's staff in exchange for one child's participation in the program.  No experience is necessary. Parents with 2 children must  have another adult to cover for the second child.
Children aged 3 to 5 years (no exceptions) may participate in the program, which includes such activities as feeding and watering animals, collecting eggs, storytelling, crafts and a hayride.

Parents may enroll by attending an organizational meeting on Wed., Aug. 23 or Tues ., Aug. 29 at 1pm.  Meetings are intended for parents only and last about 1 hour.  Reservations are not required. 

 

Applications cannot be made by mail or phone.

For more information contact Kathy Brilla at 609-737-3299 or email.

Download the 2017 Summer Application here.

 
 
Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission with the support and assistance of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. The farm is an educational facility open to the public that preserves and interprets farming life and processes from the era of 1890-1910. Howell Farm is a proud member of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).

This website is a project of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm and the text and graphic contents of this website are © 2017  by The Friends of Howell Living History Farm.

Howell Farm is located at - 70 Woodens Ln.   Lambertville, NJ 08530

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