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Howell Farm is open for free outdoor programs and tours, but all guests are required to stop at the Visitor Center to register and receive program and safety information. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register through the Mercer County CommunityPass portal

to minimize wait time and guarantee entry to programs with limited admission.

All Mercer County Park Commission rules and regulations are in effect, as well as New Jersey state requirements regarding the use of masks when social distancing isn't possible. Please also note that dogs (other than assistance dogs) are not permitted at Howell Farm, and that picnicking is not allowed at this time.

Kids Programs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all 2020 Summer Camp programs have been canceled, and the Hatchery and Farm Hands programs are on hold until further notice.


9:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.

Designed to introduce preschool-aged children to life on the farm, the Howell Farm Hatchery program meets one morning a week for 12 weeks. During each session, a teacher works with children to care for the animals at Howell Farm. Activities may include collecting eggs, watering the sheep, making feed for the pigs, and exploring the farm. Snack time, a craft, and a story are all in a day’s work!

Parents, grandparents, or nannies volunteer on the farm while their child is in class, helping the staff with projects or with programs for visiting school groups or families. One adult must volunteer for each child enrolled in the program.

Hatchery programs run one day per week—either Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays—from 9:30-12:30. Children must be 3-5 years old and potty-trained, and a $60 fee will be due with each application – which may be paid by check to “Howell Living History Farm.” For more information, please contact Christine Madzy at 609-737-3299 or cmadzy@howellfarm.org.

Summer Camps at Howell Farm - CANCELED
9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

One-week summer camp programs are designed for children aged 6-16, and customized for these age groups: 6–10, 7–12, 10–14, 10–16 ("Cooking & Chores"). Campers will do animal and garden chores, as well as farm activities tailored to their age and abilities. There is craft time, exploration, and some free play throughout the day. The Cooking & Chores camp gives older kids an additional opportunity to learn how to use a wood stove and open hearth to prepare food as farmers did at the turn of the century.

A snack is provided at each camp, but campers bring their own lunch. Cost for 5-day camps is $275 for Mercer County residents and $300 for out-of-county residents. 4-day camps are $220 and $240, with a $50 materials fee for Cooking & Chores. Each application requires at $25 deposit, which may be paid by check to “Howell Living History Farm.”

Please email kdaly@howellfarm.org for the latest information.


On Saturdays year-around, children ages 6-12 can experience farming by helping with animal chores and field activities while parents or guardians help the staff with special projects and public programs. To be placed on the FarmHands waitlist, please contact Christine Madzy at 609-737-3299 or cmadzy@howellfarm.org.

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