Farm Camp

At Farm Camp, kids learn hands-on about sustainable agriculture and ecology while caring for livestock, digging in our organic gardens, and making new friends.

Campers start each day with farm chores and then set off to explore the diverse ecosystems of our 626 acres of pastures, coastline, gardens, and forests.

Our nonprofit educational farm is located just five miles from downtown Freeport and I-295.

Peapods

Peapods are introduced to farming and explore the natural world through structured and well-supervised activities. Campers meet our livestock, dig in the Education Gardens, explore the forest and shoreline, and play. We nurture a sense of wonder and discovery about the farm and the ecosystems that support our community.

2018 Peapods Program Details:

9 week-long sessions from June 18 – August 17th

Age 4 – 6 (by the week you are registering for) 

Half-day Program: M – F 9:00a.m. – noon

Before Care: Available 8:00 – 9:00a.m.

Tuition: $230/week

Peapods with Ducklings

Seedlings

Seedlings help care for our laying hens and their daily farm chores include taking care of their needs (feeding, watering, and collecting eggs). Seedlings also get their hands dirty digging around in our raised-bed Education Gardens. Each day includes a new exploration of what is going on around the farm—like taste-testing what is growing in our gardens or helping Teen Ag take care of their potato plants.

2018 Seedlings Program Details:

10 week-long sessions from June 18 – August 24th

Age 7 – 8 (by the week you are registering for) 

Full-day Program: M-F 9:00am – 4:00pm

Before Care (8:00 – 9:00am) and After Care (4 – 5:30pm) available

Tuition: $280/week

Seedlings with Chicken

Farm Kids

Farm Kids help our farmers take care of our broiler chickens and goats. They also help our Teen Ag crew grow delicious vegetables for our community. After daily chores, Farm Kids tend to venture to the farther reaches of the farm and places off the beaten path. 

2018 Farm Kids Program Details:

10 week-long sessions from June 18 – August 24th

Age 9 – 10 (by the week you are registering for) 

Full-day Program: M-F 9:00am – 4:00pm

Before Care (8:00 – 9:00am) and After Care (4 – 5:30pm) available

Tuition: $280/week

Farm Kids Goat Walk

Farmward Bound Program

Farmward Bound campers gain a deeper and unique understanding of our farm and surrounding ecosystems through hands-on exploration. Our Leadership Educators focus on building strong group dynamics and leadership skills as part of the group’s engagement with the natural world. Throughout the week, campers interact with our livestock and help with chores, work in our fruit and vegetable fields, hike in the woods at Wolfe’s Neck State Park, learn coastal ecology while canoeing or clamming, and more. Farmward Bound also enjoys an overnight camp-out each Thursday evening.

 

2018 Farmward Bound Program Details:

  • 7 week-long sessions from June 25 – August 10th
  • Age 11 – 13 (by the week you are registering for)
  • Full-Day Program: M-F (9:00am – 4:00pm, with a Thursday overnight)
  • Before Care (8:00 – 9:00am) and After Care (4 – 5:30pm) available
  • Tuition: $350/week

Cancellations: Refunds are given for cancellations made before May 15th, less a $50 cancellation fee per camper. There will be no refunds, credits, or transfers given for cancellations after May 15th or for campers who leave camp for behavioral reasons.

Teen Ag

In our Teen Ag Program, teens spend a week getting a taste of farming.

The Wolfe’s Neck Teen Ag program is designed for teens ages 13-15 who are interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding of sustainable farming.  Teen Ag consists of one-week sessions offering a variety of hands-on experiences, from time in our organic fruit and vegetable fields and greenhouses, to guest lectures from local farmers and partners, to volunteer projects in our community.  Sign up for one week or more: each week is unique, and focuses on different aspects of regenerative agriculture.  Teens will leave with a deeper knowledge and appreciation for where their food comes from!

A typical week might include activities such as:

  • An assigned farm chore, such as watering the fields or turning the compost
  • Time in the production fields to weed around the crops or sow seeds
  • Educational sessions with our Wolfe’s Neck farmers to learn about operations such as egg production or milking our dairy herd.
  • Harvesting vegetables for local food pantries.
  • A “Tom Talk” with our Production Manager on topics related to growing organic vegetables, such as cover cropping and attracting pollinators.
  • A group team-building project, like building a new composting system.
  • Helping our farmers pick (and eat!) strawberries.
  • Hands-on lessons at the ocean: A guest speaker shows us how to sustainably harvest seaweed from our shores.

Program Details:

Two Weeks Left!  July 23 – August 3

Fee:  $400/week

After Program:  $100/week

Housing:  As this is a day camp, we do not have residential options available for Teen Ag participants.

Schedule:  Program Day from 9am – 3:30pm, After Program from 3:30 – 5:30pm

Camp & Camp

Why should kids have all the fun? This summer, turn your child’s summer camp experience into a Maine adventure for the whole family. While the kids learn and play at Farm Camp, you can spend the day shopping, kayaking, or relaxing in your hammock with a book.  Stay five nights or more at our Oceanfront Campground while your child is at camp, and enjoy 25% off your Sunday through Thursday camping fees. 

How it works:

  1. Enroll your child in Farm Camp (includes our Teen Ag and Junior Counselor Programs)
  2. Book your camping trip online, and pay the two-night deposit.  Stay must be for five nights or more.
  3. Forward your Farm Camp Confirmation Email or JC acceptance letter to info@freeportcamping.com, and we will deduct 25% from your Sunday through Thursday camping fees (cottages and holidays excluded) for each week your child(ren) attend camp.  You will receive a confirmation email once we have applied your discount.
  4. Enjoy a fabulous week at Wolfe’s Neck Center with your family!

 

Vacation

We invite kids in grades 1-5 to spend their school vacations learning, exploring, and having fun at Wolfe’s Neck Center!

As we explore the many concepts of farm life, we will encourage kiddos to explore why and how farms exist.  We will take a hands-on approach as we explore, textile play with wool, ask questions of our farmers, and discover the dynamics of our barn and dairy herd. Specific activities or lessons may include:

  • Exploring the life cycle of a cow and how a calf matures
  • Discovering the variety of milk products that exist
  • Felting and carding wool
  • Preparing our gardens for spring planting

February Vacation Dates: February 19 – 23rd, 2018
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Ages: 7-10
Rates: $75/day OR $300/week

*Registration for 2018 February Vacation is closed. 


April Vacation Dates: April 16 – 20th, 2018
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Ages: 7-10
Rates: $75/day OR $300/week

*Registration for 2018 April Vacation is now open. 

If you have any questions regarding our Vacation program, please email education@wolfesneck.org.

Junior counselors (JCs) are an invaluable part of our Farm Camp team, and they’re rock stars around camp. They’re passionate, mature, and responsible young adults (at least 15 years of age) looking to gain leadership experience while learning about sustainable agriculture and local ecology. Working with their group, JCs spend their days outside assisting with camp activities and encouraging the curiosity of campers.