Pilar Redmond, Camp Director
219 County Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
Registration opens February 1 for Members and February 8 for all. View the Camp Brochure >>
Appleton Farm Camp will introduce your children to our working farm through fun, engaging, and educational activities. Farm Camp is divided into five groups based on age; Little Peeps, Sprouts, Farmhands, Foragers, and Apprentices. Each group will take part in a wide variety of age-appropriate farm experiences from hands-on cooking lessons in the farm kitchen; to caring for our sheep, goats, bunnies, and pigs; to helping maintain our Learning Garden filled with veggies, flowers, and herbs grown by and for our campers.
Farm Camp will run for 5 days each week for 7 weeks. Our young campers have a choice of half day (9AM-12PM) or full day (9AM-3PM) depending on their age, while our older campers (age 5½ and up) will spend the full day on the farm and end their day at 3PM.
At 9AM, we ring our morning cowbell and our gaggle of mini farmers will wave goodbye to moms, dads, and caregivers to assess the list of farm chores, activities, and games that will make up our day of farm fun. Once we have our assignments, we are off and running. Our Farmhands may head to the garden to see what they can harvest for their kitchen experiments, while Little Peeps and Sprouts head to the barnyard to help feed the bunnies, goats, and sheep. The Apprentices may be off to check the fence lines and the Foragers may get to work on their composting project. We’ll all enjoy a snack during our morning activity, then say goodbye to our Little Peeps at 12PM. Afternoons are filled with cooking, games, hiking, crafting, animals, and more!
A sample of weekly camp activities:
Always a hit – an afternoon filled with relays, races, and friendly farm competition. Try your hand at the boot toss, water fetch, tug-o-war, egg and spoon race, and more!
Crazy Kitchen Concoctions
Who doesn’t love to make a concoction in the kitchen? We’ll harvest our all-edible ingredients and head to the kitchen for some baking, juicing, chopping, and mixing. Taste testing and a friendly vote for Concoction Conqueror by afternoon’s end.
For our campers who just can’t get enough of our barnyard friends. Eager beavers can help with chores and our cuddling companions can relax on a hay bale with their favorite bunny, chicken, or barnyard buddy.
Some days we just need to do a few extra chores to keep our animals happy and healthy. Lend a hand collecting eggs, brushing goats, scrubbing buckets, or helping out with afternoon feeding.
Head for the trails in search of wildflowers. Create a unique bouquet or head wreath to bring home, or help decorate our tables for the Friday Farm Dinners!
Forest and Farm on Foot
Ever wonder what lies beyond the farmstead? Explore the trails of Appleton, head to the Grass Rides, visit the pinnacles, search for the creatures who make their homes here, and discover the less known corners of the property on foot.
Creative Crafting, Farm Style
Nature and the farm fields offer unlimited materials for crafting. Let your creativity, invention, and inspiration come alive at the farm!