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(ages 12-14)

Young Stewards Summer Camp

hands-on experiences

Young Stewards is a camp for exploring NJ's best nature spaces

We started Young Stewards camp in 2009 for campers 12-14 years old that wanted to continue their summer experience at Fernbrook Farms and throughout New Jersey. The Young Stewards Summer Camp focuses on having fun through hands-on experiences in our local agriculture, ecology, and community. Weekly field trips around NJ allow your children to discover the natural diversity of New Jersey. Guided by experienced and well-qualified staff members, campers will visit the Pine Barrens, explore the New Jersey coastline, learn the abundance of resources in our seasonal forests, and paddle local waterways to name just a few of the adventures. Activities on and off the farm aim to promote leadership, teamwork and ecological awareness for the Young Stewards.

Young Stewards Summer Camp offers a variety of weekly themes that maximizes a campers potential to engage with nature which include day trip weeks, overnight camping on Fernbrook Farms, and 4-day/3-night hiking or canoeing trips to beautiful natural locations in the Mid-Atlantic.

Trips and activities might include:

  • building a crab trap and crabbing at the shore
  • paddling the tidal waters of Crosswicks Creek
  • creating a timber management plan for Fernbrook forests
  • building a wigwam or sweat lodge
  • constructing a seining net to catch aquatic organisms
  • meeting native fauna at a wildlife refuge
  • canoeing along cedar rivers of the Pine Barrens
  • testing orienteering skills
  • making a sawdust kiln
  • exploring wooded trails of NJ State Parks

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Join us for as many weeks as you can!

Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center offers summer camp weekly for 9 weeks during the summer. Your children may join us for one week or as many weeks as you wish. Days begin at 8:30am and run until 4:00pm with extended care available before and after the camp day. Healthy snacks are provided and campers are expected to bring a nutritious lunch.

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Come try new things!

Camp is a time to experience new things, try a hand at the unexpected, and make life-long friendships to cherish every summer! Register early to reserve your spot—a variety of discounts are available.

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