Community Programs

Community Programs

NCOF’s hands-on, farm-based programs offer countless opportunities for individuals and families to learn about agriculture and to explore our natural world.

All our programs are grounded in the seasons and fully utilize our real working farm as a welcoming place of learning, discovery, and wonder.

Important Notes! 

Program Information:

Go to the bottom of this page for must-read Program Information on clothing, food, water, first aid, Covid-19 and behavior policies, and more.

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Fall Session: September 6 – November 18
Late Fall Session: November 28 – December 23

Registration for our winter, spring and February and April vacation sessions will open later this fall.

All programs are drop-off unless indicated otherwise. Children must be potty-trained for all drop-off programs.

We have updated our refund policy. Since we hire educators well in advance based on program enrollment, we only issue refunds for cancellations received 14 or more calendar days before a session’s first meeting. Cancellation requests must be sent in writing to [email protected]. A $35 processing fee applies.

1FALL

Most of our programs have a Fall (September 6 – November 18) and a Late Fall (November 28 – December 23) option. Please pay close attention to your selected session.

No programs on fall school holidays: September 6, September 26, October 5, October 10, November 11, November 23 (half day- no programs after noon), November 24-25

 

Outdoor Explore & Play Together we’ll visit the animals, sing songs, and hear a story! This is a wonderful introduction-to-NCOF program for our youngest farmers and their families.

Ages 1.5-3 with Caregiver
Monday – Thursday options at 9:30 and/or 10:30
Choose September + October group and/or November + December group, register here

Fridays on the Farm Come down to the farm and help our farmers wake up and check on the animals. Together we’ll feed and water the animals, then spend some time in our nature playscape in the woods. Children must be fully potty-trained by the start of this program in order to participate.

Ages 3-5
Fridays 9 am – 12 pm
Fall (September 6 – November 18) register here
Late Fall (November 28 – December 23) register here

Woodland Adventures Spend some quality time in the forest. Free play is the order of our day as we let exploration and our imaginations guide our activities. We’ll visit the animals who live near or in our woodlands. Children must be fully potty-trained by the start of this program in order to participate.

Ages 3-5
Tuesdays 1 pm – 4 pm
Fall (September 6 – November 18) register here
Late Fall (November 28 – December 23) register here

Farm Sprouts A wonderful chance for three- to five-year olds to explore the farm through daily animal interactions and visits to the fields and the forest. Our farm educators will structure the day and lead games and short lessons designed to engage children’s senses and introduce them to the wonders of the farm. Participants will have plenty of time for free-play in their very own space and for their imaginations to flourish. Children must be fully potty-trained by the start of this program in order to participate.

Ages 3-5
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am – 12 pm
Sprouts is a September – December program, register here

Afterschool Farmers Youth in grades K-4 dive headfirst into our everyday, hands-on outdoor seasonal farm work and chores. Join us and have some fun using your body and your problem-solving skills outdoors after a long school day! NCOF staff are available to pick up and walk over Memorial School students at 3:16 dismissal. Email [email protected] to request this. Extended day option available. 

Grades K-4
Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday 3:15 – 4:45
Fall (September 6 – November 18) register here
Late Fall (November 28 – December 23) register here

Afterschool in the Woods K-4 students join us to unwind after a long day at school by playing in our woods. We’ll make time for nature hikes and activities. NCOF staff are available to pick up Memorial School students at 3:16 dismissal. Email [email protected] to request this. Extended day option available. 

Grades K-4Thursday 3:15 – 4:45
Fall (September 9 – November 18) register here 
Late Fall (November 28 – December 23) register here

Farming for Homeschoolers (ages 5-10) A great chance for 5- to 10-year olds to help out with age-appropriate and fun farm tasks, like daily animal chores, planting, weeding, and harvesting. This is a great introduction to what farms do, how farms work, and to learn what our farmers do on day-to-day basis on our diversified farm.

Ages 5-10
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 9 am – 12 pm
Fall (September 9 – November 18) register here
Late Fall (November 28 – December 23) register here

Farming for Homeschoolers (ages 11-14) An opportunity for 11- to 14 year olds to work together to creatively solve problems and contribute meaningfully to the farm’s mission. Our older homeschoolers participate in every aspect of working the farm, from planting in the spring and harvesting in the fall to making maple syrup in the winter. Each group will come up with its own service project, such as creating a new product for the market stand or building benches.

Ages 11-14
Monday and/or Wednesday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Fall (September 9 – November 18) register here
Late Fall (November 28 – December 23) register here

Youth Work Experience Join us afterschool to help with afternoon animal chores and with farm maintenance. Fall students help us finish the harvest and complete pre-winter prep as we “put the farm to bed” for the season

Grades 5-8
Monday – Thursday 3:00pm- 4:30pm
Fall (September 9 – November 18) register here
Late Fall (November 28 – December 23) register here

2WINTER

Program Dates: Keep an eye out for information about our 2023 Winter Programs, coming soon. The programs below are examples of what we ran starting January 2022.

Registration Opens: Closed until late 2022

Special Notes: Warm clothing and duplicates of everything is critical to winter fun!

Outdoor Explore & Play Together we’ll visit the animals, sing songs, and hear a story! This is a wonderful introduction to NCOF program for our youngest farmers and their families.

Ages 1.5-3 with Caregiver

Farm Sprouts A wonderful chance for three- to five-year olds to explore the farm through daily animal interactions and visits to the fields and the forest. Our farm educators will structure the day and lead games and short lessons designed to engage children’s senses and introduce them to the wonders of the farm. Participants will have plenty of time for free-play in their very own space and for their imaginations to flourish. Please note that all children must be fully potty-trained in order to participate. 

Ages 3-5

Fridays on the Farm  Come down to the farm and help our farmers wake up and check on the animals. Together we’ll feed and water the animals, then spend some time in free-play in the woods.

Ages 3-5

Woodland Adventures  Spend some quality time in our forest. Free play is the order of our day as we let exploration and our imaginations guide our activities. We’ll visit the animals who live near or in our woodlands.

Age 3-5

Afterschool Farmers Youth in grades K-4 dive headfirst into our everyday, hands-on outdoor seasonal farm work and chores. Join us and have some fun using your body and your problem-solving skills outdoors after a long school day! NCOF staff are available to pick up Memorial School students at 3:16 dismissal. Email [email protected] to request this.

Grades K-4

Afterschool in the Woods Unwind after a long day at school or on screens by relaxing and playing in our woods. We’ll make time for hikes and activities. NCOF staff are available to pick up Memorial School students at 3:16 dismissal. Email [email protected] to request this.

Grades K-4

Farming for Homeschoolers (ages 5-10)  A great chance for 5-10-year olds to help out with age-appropriate and fun farm tasks, like daily animal chores, planting, weeding, and harvesting. This is a great introduction to what farms do, how farms work, and to learn what our farmers do on day-to-day basis on our diversified farm.

Ages 5-10

Farming for Homeschoolers (ages 11-14)  An opportunity for 11-14 year olds to work together to creatively solve problems and contribute meaningfully to the farm’s mission. Our older homeschoolers participate in every aspect of working the farm, from planting in the spring and harvesting in the fall to making maple syrup in the winter. Each group will come up with its own service project, such as creating a new product for the market stand or building benches.

Ages 11-14

Youth Work Experience Middle schoolers can join us after school to help with seasonally-based farm chores such as animal care, farm maintenance, maple sugaring prep, field planting and clean up, and so much more!

Grades 5-8

3FEBRUARY VACATION

FEBRUARY VACATION & APRIL VACATION:

Program Dates: Keep an eye out for information about our 2023  Vacation Programs, coming soon. The programs below are examples of what we ran last year.

Special Note: Read our Program Information for info on dressing for the farm in cold or rainy weather.

February Explorers Gnome Woods is perfect for free-range “Explorers” looking for an immersive outdoor experience full of imaginative and child-led play. Snowy days mean sledding, building snowfriends, and warming at campfires…or for playing in sand and forts, or for balancing and swinging. We round out the morning with books, simple crafts, an impromptu nature lesson, and maybe a farm animal visit!

Ages: 3-5

February Vacation Farmers Experience the quiet beauty of the Farm in winter. Care for the animals, enjoy the warmth of the greenhouse, learn winter crafts, make yummy treats, and explore winter in the woods. You’ll be part of the beginning of maple sugaring season…help tap the sugar maples if the weather is right! Select mornings or afternoons for the full week (T-F), or sign up for individual half days in the afternoons only.

Ages: 5-10

February Vacation Work Experience We invite youth to work with our farm educator to experience all aspects of farm life including helping with our maple sugaring operation, working in the greenhouse, caring for the animals, and maintaining the farm. Select the full week (T-F), or sign up for individual half days in the afternoons only.

AM Session Ages: 11-14
PM Session Ages: 7-12

4SPRING

Program Dates: Keep an eye out for information about our 2023 Spring Programs, coming soon. The programs below are examples of what we ran last year.

Registration Opens: Closed until 2023

Outdoor Explore & Play Together we’ll visit the animals, sing songs, and hear a story! This is a wonderful introduction to NCOF programs for our youngest farmers and their families. 
Ages: 1.5-3 with caregiver

Little Hands in the Soil Folks with little fingers can help tend our gardens! This program engages our youngest farmers in hands-on activities and crafts. 
Ages: 3-5

Animal Hoppin’ on the Farm Series Each week we’ll visit a different farm animal, and go hoppin’, cluckin’, oinkin’ or  baahin’ as we make our way around the farm. We’ll talk about what makes each animal unique and how we take care of them, then we’ll finish up with an animal-themed craft. 
Ages: 3-5

Farm Sprouts A wonderful chance for three- to five-year olds to explore the farm through daily animal interactions and to the fields and the forest. Our farm educators will structure the day and lead games and short lessons designed to engage children’s senses and introduce them to the wonders of the farm. Participants will have plenty of time for free play in their very own space and for their imaginations to flourish. Please note that all children must be fully potty-trained to participate.
Ages: 3-5

Fridays on the Farm Come down to the farm and help our farmers wake up and check on the animals. Together we’ll feed and water the animals, then spend some time in free play in the woods. 
Ages: 3-5

Woodland Adventures Spend some quality time in the forest. Free play is the order of our day as we let exploration and our imaginations guide our activities. We’ll visit the animals who live near or in our woodlands. 
Ages: 3-5

Afterschool Farmers Youth in grades K-4 dive headfirst into our everyday, hands-on outdoor seasonal farm work and chores. Join us and have some fun using your body and your problem-solving skills outdoors after a long school day! NCOF staff are available to pick up Memorial School students at 3:16 dismissal. Email [email protected] to request this. Extended day option available. 
Ages: grades K-4

Afterschool in the Woods Unwind after a long day at school or on screens by relaxing and playing in our woods. We’ll make time for hikes and activities. NCOF staff are available to pick up Memorial School students at 3:16 dismissal. Email [email protected] to request this. Extended day option available. 
Ages: grades K-4

Extended Day Option An extended day option is available to families until 5:15 . Activities may include more playing in the woods, crafts, and/or books. 
Ages: grades K-4

Farm Learning Workshop Here’s a chance to take a deeper dive into a variety of farm topics week by week. Each week will explore a different facet of farming in an age-appropriate way, such as taking care of livestock, composting, gardening, or working with wood.
Ages: ages 4-6

Farming for Homeschoolers A great chance for 5- to 10-year olds to help out with age-appropriate and fun farm tasks, like daily animal chores, planting, weeding, and harvesting. This is a great introduction to what farms do, how farms work, and to learn what our farmers do on a day-to-day basis on our diversified farm.
Ages: 5-10

Farming for Homeschoolers An opportunity for 11- to 14-year-olds to work together to creatively solve problems and contribute meaningfully to the farm’s mission. Our older homeschoolers participate in every aspect of working the farm, from planting in the spring and harvesting in the fall to making maple syrup in the winter. Each group will come up with its own service project, such as creating a new product for the market stand or building benches. 
Ages: 11-14

Youth Work Experience Middle schoolers can join us after school to help with seasonally based farm chores such as animal care, farm maintenance, maple sugaring prep, field planting and clean up, and so much more! 
Ages: grades 5-8

5APRIL VACATION

Program Dates: Keep an eye out for information about our 2023 Vacation Programs, coming soon. The programs below are examples of what we ran last year.

April Explorers Gnome Woods is perfect for free-range “Explorers” looking for an immersive outdoor experience full of imaginative and child-led play. Spring days mean exploring the forest as it wakes up from the winter, checking out the water’s edge at the pond, and playing in our forest forts. We round out the morning with books, simple crafts, an impromptu nature lesson, and maybe a farm animal visit!

Ages: 3-5

April Vacation Farmers Experience the Farm beginning to come alive in the Spring! Care for the animals, enjoy the warmth of the greenhouse, try a craft, make yummy treats, and explore springtime in the woods. Select mornings or afternoons for the full week (T-F), or sign up for individual half days in the afternoons only. 

Ages: 5-10

April Vacation Work Experience We invite youth to work with our farm educators to experience all aspects of farm life including working in the greenhouse, caring for the animals, and maintaining the farm. Select the full week (T-F), or sign up for individual half days in the afternoons only.

AM Session Ages: 11-14
PM Session Ages: 7-12

 

My son participated in the April Vacation program and absolutely LOVED it. He is five and I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but he came home each day saying, “the Farm was AWESOME!’ with two thumbs up. He wants to return every day after his sister naps.”–SL, Parent

My son G. is LOVING the Wednesday in the Woods program. He comes home so excited about new things he’s learned and explored. I can’t tell you how much we rave about the program!”--MP, Parent

Meet Our Educators

Questions?


Email: [email protected]

Phone number: 508-655-2204 x14


Programs Do Not Meet 

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Juneteenth, Patriots Day,  Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Please check the individual class listing in our online registration program for additional information.

Program Information