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Ice Harvest

January – February

Learn how people take advantage of the seasons to meet their year-round needs. What are the unique properties of ice and why are we cutting it now? Use simple machines to cut, lift and store heavy blocks of ice. Then come inside to explore the science of ice cream as you churn and sample a batch. 

Program Objectives:

After participating in an 1890-1910 ice harvest, students will make ice cream and discuss:

• How people take advantage of the seasons to meet their year-round needs

• How simple machines make tasks easier

• The unique properties of water

• How milk is transformed into ice cream

Essential Questions:

• What was the process of procuring ice in the 1900s?

• How do simple machines help in the process of harvesting ice?

• How can insulation be used to keep things cold and to keep

things warm?

• How does melting ice help make cream freeze?

Cost & Scheduling:

• $10 per person for children ages 1+ and adults (including parents & teachers)

• Group rates for groups over 15

To schedule a group 

please email our program coordinator with your name, phone number, and number of participants:

Book a Group via Email

Individuals and families

may register online through our CommunityPass portal:

Register Family or Individual

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Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission

Dan Benson, Mercer County Executive

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