HERITAGE CREEK FARM CAMP
HCFC strives to spark the enthusiasm to discover, build the willpower to do, teach the wisdom to work together, cultivate the inner strength to take action, and create the freedom to just “be.” We consider encouraging a life-long love of learning and instilling a peaceful, compassionate way of being as core parts of a young person’s education.
We offer a variety of seasonal programs, camp days during school holidays, parent/child program and farm-based learning opportunities to home school students, local school groups and organizations through the school year.
These mornings are offered on select Fridays in the spring and fall and are geared toward preschool and homeschool students ages 4-12. Children age 4 must be accompanied by an adult while on the farm. Children will help with animal chores and work with the farmers in the greenhouse and food production areas. Activities follow the life of the seasons on the farm. Each session is different. Participants will be separated by age into groups that will rotate around learning stations. Hands-on activities will teach about the environment, the plant and animal kingdoms and the origin of food. These morning provide lots of opportunities for children to learn through their involvement in purposeful work on the farm.
Spring 2020 Dates: Fridays ~ April 17 & 24, May 22
9:30 - Noon
NOT CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED..... See Oaks & Acorns for our Parent/Child Program
Country Mouse and Town Mouse (Parent/Child Program) Ages 1 1/2 - 4 years
Heritage Creek Farm Camp is excited to collaborate with Under the Willow Preschool, Marietta, to offer a unique Parent/Child Program this spring. The classes will alternate between being held in the "country" at Heritage Creek Farm Camp in Mt. Joy, and in the river town of Marietta at the Under the Willow Preschool.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Country Mouse will weave together nature with work, play, story, and song. Each week, the children will be engaged in age-appropriate activities that will help to foster their imagination and support their emotional development. Class is held rain or shine and both facilities have inside spaces in case of inclement weather.
On the farm, participants will learn about the plant and animal kingdoms. They will help with morning chores, interact with our animals, and experience the seasonal changes on the farm, in the forest and fields. Playing outside in nature, discovering treasures in the bamboo forest, planting seeds in the gardens, and exploring the creek are some of the activities on the farm. While baking is not part of the morning routine on the farm, muffins and fruit will be provided for snack.
The program in the town is equally as engaging, with a sweet morning rhythm of indoor and outdoor play. Blooming flowers and trees, and birds singing in the tree top will be some of the signs of the arrival of spring in the town. Baking the morning snack in the kitchen, and creative play in the adjoining classroom, will provide lots of opportunities for children to interact. Throughout the morning, there will be time for adults to talk about child development and discuss issues of child rearing.
Farm School students will learn various aspects of farming, and assist with our farm-based educational program. Depending upon the days they are on the farm and the activities scheduled on the farm, participants may be:
Working in the field with our farmers ~ planting and harvesting depending upon season
Helping with animal chores and care of farm animals
Assisting with general farm maintenance
Helping Farm Educators prepare for field trips or summer camp curriculum
Assist Staff with field trip group activities
Farm School Program (Spring & Fall Blocks)
Our Farm Schooling Program is designed for homeschool students ages 10+ that are interested in delving more deeply into the aspects of farming. Participants will learn about life on the farm through hands-on work in the fields, observation of the farm ecosystem, and through mentorship with our farmers and farm educators. Immersion into various aspects of chemical-free vegetable production, animal care, environmental ecosystem, and edible landscaping will help students learn about the plant and animal kingdoms.
Spring Block will be offered on select dates from mid-April to beginning of June
Fall Block will be offered on select dates from mid-September until the beginning of November.
Parent/Child Program (Spring & Fall Block)
Farm-Based Educational Opportunities
Educational Field Trips for school groups and Farming Fridays are offered throughout the school year and are individually designed to meet the support the curriculum goals. Full day and half day options are available. Please contact us for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being offered Spring 2020
Oaks & Acorns Parent/Child Program
From Little Things....big things grow!
This program is designed for children ages 16 months - 4 years old that are accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Circle time, movement, puppet plays, nature-based adventures, and animal care will inspire our group activities and morning farming tasks. Surrounded by the beauty of farm and forest, we will follow the rhythm of the seasons and encourage exploration through the freedom of imaginative play.
Join us as we celebrate the arrival of spring and the baby animals on the farm! Farm-based activities will include planting seeds in the greenhouse, meeting the farm animals and celebrating May Day. Those young and young at heart will enjoy learning about the plant and animal kingdoms as we explore the outdoor setting of farm and forest.
Dates: Saturdays April 4 & 18, May 2 & 16
Time: 9 - 11:30 am
Sessions are held rain or shine at Heritage Creek Farm Camp
GPS Address: 1875 Milton Grove Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552
Fall Session: TBD
The summer days are waning and the autumn season arrives as we begin this session. Our nature-based activities will include singing seasonal songs, animal chores, and harvesting vegetables for our pot of “stone soup”. Grey squirrel will join our farm animals in leading our outdoor adventures as we experience the autumn splendor of color on the farm and watch the animal kingdom prepare for the winter months ahead.
About the teachers:
Jackie Randazzo is the owner of Under the Willow Preschool, Marietta, PA. Jackie Randazzo has a lifelong love of children, animals and nature. She has been working with children for 25 years and took her Waldorf Teacher Training at Sunbridge College, New York. Jackie believes young children learn through play, social interactions, and by using their bodies to explore and discover their surroundings. Her work nurtures children and families through rhythm, stories, and circle with a deep connection to the changing seasons.
Cindi Hughes will work with Jackie at HCFC to facilitate farm-based activities. As Director of Heritage Creek Farm Camp, Cindi believes the seasonal ebb and flow of nature can play an instrumental role in childhood development and enhance the education process. This philosophy stems from her fond childhood memories of running barefoot in her parent's garden and her hands-on involvement in her children's education. Cindi resides at Heritage Creek Farm Camp and loves to share fun, fascinating animal facts, and work hand-in-hand with visitors to the farm.
2020 Seasonal Farm Camp Days
Good Friday, April 10
Easter Monday, April 13
Friday, September 4
Monday, September 28 - Yom Kippur
Friday, October 9
Monday, October 12
***check back for other fall dates
These one-day seasonal sessions are a great way to introduce your child to Heritage Creek Farm Camp or an opportunity for your child to spend their days off of school on the farm experiencing the spring, late summer and autumn seasons!
Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Before and aftercare is available as requested at no additional cost.
Cost: $45/day includes an afternoon snack
Regular participation will provide the best learning experience in this program. Our Farm School schedule is from 9 am - 3 pm. Students should pack a hearty snack and lunch. Water bottles, hat, sunscreen, close-toed shoes, work gloves, and farm appropriate work clothes are required. Dress for outdoor weather success.
2020 Spring Dates: Wednesdays ~ April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6, 20, 27 June 3
No Farm School on May 13th
SPRING field tasks will include preparing beds, planting, watering, weeding, setting up irrigation, and general farm maintenance. The baby animals are on the farm and that is always LOTS of fun! We will be doing a lot of work in our greenhouse as we plant and care for our spring seedlings.
When field trip groups are on the farm, our farm schoolers will have the opportunity to demonstrate what they learned on the farm and develop leadership skills as they assist our farmers and farm educators with visitors. Our spring block of Farm School is sure to provide lots of educational opportunities and golden moments!
Fall Dates: TBD
Fall field tasks include: harvesting fall crops, processing produce, helping in the market stand, planting garlic, preparing beds for winter and general farm maintenance. As our time permits we will also be learning to preserve our harvest. This fall our farm schoolers will be periodically working with our fibers teacher to create a fibers art project.
Although we understand that sometimes schedules change, we ask that participants take this program seriously and do their very best to honor their commitment and participate on the dates for which they registered. Our Staff will plan the daily activities based upon the number of participants.
Goals for this program
To encourage a yearning for learning while working hand-in-hand on the land
To provide engaging activities that enhance home school curriculum and provide opportunities for home school students to work together
To teach the skills involved in small-scale vegetable farming
To offer an opportunity to learn about plants cycle and the cycle of the rhythm of the growing season
To provide hands-on activities for participants to learn about and experience life on the farm
To teach leadership skills
Family Farm is a new program for spring 2020 that will offer an opportunity for families to experience and explore farm life. During these Saturday morning sessions, we will be offering two programs
~ A children's program for youth ages 5+ that parents can drop off their child or participate with their child.
~ A farm-based workshop for adults
This is a great way to introduce your children to Farm Camp and also an opportunity for adults to be involved in the life of the farm, with or without their children. No matter the age there is something to engage you at Family Farm! You do not need to have children to participate in the adult program.
Watch for upcoming dates.....