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"The Four Elements"

"The Four Elements" at Howell Farm:  New for Summer 2022!

In a special new program designed for children ages 8-12, visual artist and longtime Howell Farm education specialist Jessica Valenza will guide young explorers on a 90-minute search for of one of the four classical elements – fire, earth, air, and water – at Howell Farm. Kids will learn how farmers use the forces of nature to grow food, care for animals…and have some fun on summer days!

Programs include a creative activity based on the “element” in focus, and the chance to build, paint, design—or even forge—a special item to take home. Each session is framed as a standalone class, with no previous knowledge or experience required. Cost is $20 per child per session ($30 for “Treasures from the Earth”). Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (at no additional cost); any additional adults must register as participants and pay the class fee.

July 14 & 21 – TREASURES FROM THE EARTH

This two-week program will introduce children to native plants and wildflowers and their uses on the farm. Participants will collect specimens to press into paper…then use their handmade paper to bind a book filled with all the treasures they’ve found!

August 4 – WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

Water-friendly shoes are required for this program, in which kids will explore the ways farmers (and their animals) use water from streams, ponds…and the well-pump in the barnyard. Be prepared to get wet as we race handmade boats and discover the creatures that live in the stream!

August 18 – CREATURES OF THE AIR

Learn about the many winged creatures that use the air for travel…and how in their travels through the air, they help out farmers working the earth. Each participant will create a gourd birdhouse to take home!

September 1 – PIZZA PARTY

Wander into our “pizza garden” to find the various ingredients that make up a delicious pizza…then harvest the ingredients yourself and get to work in the kitchen! Take home a potholder you have sewn yourself to use in your own cooking adventures at home.

TBA – FIRE AND FORGE

In this program, kids will learn about the important role that a blacksmith played in the life of a farmer in the year 1900…then forge their own ‘S-hook’ to take home!

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

Brian M. Hughes, County Executive | Aaron T. Watson, Executive Director

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