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Spring Farm Animals

March 23 – June 23 (Wednesdays): What are the "jobs" that animals do on the farm? This program is designed to introduce children to the animals kept on the farm, and the food, fiber, and work they provide. As kids help with daily chores, they learn about the feed, shelter, and other needs of animals – and how the work of caring for them is shared by members of the farm family.

Program Objectives

While meeting the Howell Farm animals and the spring babies, students will learn about:

  • The farm community
  • The animals’ life cycles and the care of baby animals
  • The important jobs animals and children have on the farm
  • Each animal’s basic needs and how they are met

Essential Questions

  • What do animals contribute to farm?
  • How does the farmer care for the animals?
  • How did children help on the farm in 1900?
  • What does each animal need in order to be happy and healthy?

Relevant Curricula

Next Generation Science Standards: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes | LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems | LS2.D Social Interactions and Group Behaviors | LS3 Heredity, Inheritance and Variation of Traits

NJ Science Standards: 5.1A Understand Scientific Explanations | 5.1B Generate Scientific Evidence Through Active Investigations | 5.3A Organization and Development | 5.3C Interdependence | 5.3D Heredity

NJ Social Studies Standards: 6.1B Geography, People and the Environment | 6.1C Economics, Innovation and Technology | 6.1D History, Culture and Perspectives

Cost & Scheduling

– $10 per person for children ages 1+ and adults (including parents & teachers)
– Groups of 5–15 (Scholarships are available for certain programs.)

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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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