Parent (or Guardian)/Child Farm Activities - The Hatchery Program




Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane
New Jersey
United States


Howell Living History Farm, a Mercer County Park located in Lambertville, New Jersey, interprets farm life at the turn of the 20th century. In operation for over 30 years, Howell Farm is a living history museum, historic site and working farm where school groups and visitors learn about life on a farm by actively participating in its operation. Over 60,000 visitors come to the Farm annually to take part in the seasonal programs based on farming schedules.

The Hatchery is a weekday morning program for children 3-5 years old. It is designed as a "first-time" farm experience for children, introducing them to animals, crops and farm living through hands-on activities that are safe, fun and educational while a parent volunteers their time helping with other farm activities.

The program is staffed by a Hatchery teacher, who is assisted by one or two Hatchery parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality.

During the 3 hour program, Hatchery children spend their time on several types of activities:

Chores: Through daily chore routines, children learn about the needs and products of farm animals. Routines involve some or all of the following: collecting eggs, pumping water for work horses, shelling corn for geese, putting hay in sheep manger, putting straw in calf pen.

Seasonal Activities: In the spring, children visit baby animals, plant a garden, and see a sheep being shorn. In the fall, children pick and decorate pumpkins, dig potatoes, husk Indian corn and make a wallow for the pigs.

Crafts: Children make crafts using materials from the farm: corncobs, egg shells, wool, feathers, etc. Sometimes a cooking or baking project is done instead of a craft. 

Storytelling and Singing: Farm related themes are used to reinforce what children have learned about animals, crops and nature.

Outdoor Fun: Children explore the farm and its seasons through walks, games and play.

The programs runs for 12 weeks Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 9:15am-12:15pm. One parent must join the Farm's staff in exchange for one child's participation in the program. No experience is necessary. Parents with 2 children must have another adult to cover for the second child.

Children aged 3 to 5 years (no exceptions) may participate in the program, which includes such activities as feeding and watering animals, collecting eggs, storytelling, crafts and a hayride.


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How To Apply

If you have any further questions please use the given email. If not, go ahead and fill out the volunteer application. We look forward to hearing from you!