Howell Farm is currently closed to visitors, but the spring work continues! Below you’ll find photo and video updates on corn planting, sheep shearing, and other projects happening around the farm.

We look forward to reopening as soon as possible, but in the meantime please remember that hiking, biking, and horseback riding through the farm—including on Hunter Road—are prohibited.

For the latest information on current park access and future reopenings, please visit mercercountyparks.org. Thanks for checking in – we hope to invite you back soon!

Kids Programs

The Hatchery  

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, beginning the week of March 16, 2020. 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.” To enroll in the program or for more information, please contact Christine Madzy at 609-737-3299 or cmadzy@howellfarm.org.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 season!


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

One-week summer camp programs are designed for children aged 6-16, and customized for the age groups listed below. 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 see below for age groups and schedules, and email kdaly@howellfarm.org for an application or for more information. Register early...classes fill up quickly!



6–10 year-olds

  • June 29-30 & July 1-2

  • July 13-17

  • July 20-24

  • August 17-21

7–12 year-olds

  • August 10-14

10–14 year-olds

  • July 6-10

  • August 3-7

10–16 year-olds
"Cooking & Chores"

  • June 29-30 & July 1-2

Summer Hatchery  

9:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.

The summer version of the Hatchery program follows a similar format, with a modified schedule. Parents or guardians volunteer on the farm while their child helps care for the animals and gardens, for one full 5-day week:

Program Dates

  • June 15-19
  • June 22-26
  • August 24-28

A $40 fee will be due with each application, which may be paid by check to “Howell Living History Farm.” Please email kdaly@howellfarm.org for an application or for more information. We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 season!

FarmHands

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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