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Summer Children Programs
Elementary - Middle School/Jr. High

Summer for Elementary Children

Nature Explorers

Come and learn what kids did on the farm in the 1800’s.  There were chores to do, animals to feed and take care of, garden vegetables to grow and eat, and when the chores were all done, there was the whole farm to explore!  We’ll learn about the creatures that live in our pond, our woods and on the farm itself.  There will also be games, songs, stories, hay jumps and more!  Come spend a week with farmer Tom.


Nature Explorers #1 Dates:  July 6 – 10, 2015

Nature Explorers #2 Dates:  July 20 – 24, 2015

Time:  9:30 – 12:00, Monday through Friday

Ages:  Children must have completed kindergarten, first or second grade

Cost:  $70.00 or $60.00 for members

Deadlines (with payment):  June 29 for Session #1 or July 13 for Session #2

Minimum of five participants, maximum of 10

Leader:  Tom Salmon

Summer for Middle School / Jr. High


We will be holding the Quiet Valley Explorers program once again this summer (formerly Apprentice), meeting one day a week on Thursdays for six weeks. The focus is on three things; 1) to have fun as we explore the skills that a future tour guide might need to know, 2) to have fun as we explore how to make traditional craft and art projects and 3) to have fun as we explore the outdoors and the Quiet Valley farm. It’s easy to see “to have fun” while “we explore” is the whole point of our group!

Many of the basics of historic farm life will be covered. Making use of natural materials was an everyday way of life for the early settler. Clay, wood, leather, fibers like straw, wool and flax, certain metals like tin, copper and iron and in later years paper were used to construct everyday items. This summer our group will create various projects using the same materials as the 19th century farm family. A small wooden box, a felted wool pouch, a decorative tin piece and a small journal are all waiting to be crafted by the Quiet Valley Explorers.


One of those basic skills that everyone in the early 1800s needed to know was how to start a fire. Some of you may have learned about this last year, but it will be a little more hands-on this year and a review on fires is always a good thing. Once the fire gets going we can cook up something yummy and also dye some wool to use in our felting project.  

We will be visiting different crafts people who are part of our Summer Highlight program and will get to try out the various crafts for ourselves. Explorers from last year had a great time working with the potter, learning wheat weaving and how to start a fire with flint and steel. One session will involve breaking into small groups and joining the actual tour guides on the farm to learn a small part of the historic tour in either the barn, cabin, house or garden. If an Explorer isn’t quite ready for that yet they can hang out with Aunt Eunice and try out some old fashion toys and games, create some art work or weave on the oversize frame loom we will be using this summer to make a wall hanging.


Our program wouldn’t be complete without a chance to play games, go on hikes and finish our sessions with the traditional homemade ice cream party.


I hope you join me for some summer fun at Quiet Valley this year! 

      Deb DiPasquale, aka “Aunt Eunice”

Dates: Thursdays July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13
(I will offer one make-up session for children who miss a day due to vacation, illness, Bible school, camp, etc. Make up sessions are held on Saturdays at the farm’s bake oven and arrangements can be made with me as to which Saturday.)
Time: 9:30am to 1:00pm
Ages: 11 through 14 (boys and girls both welcome)

Cost:  $110.00 or $100.00 for members
Deadline (with payment):  Thursday, July 2, 2015
Please call 570-992-6161 or E-mail to register or with any questions.

Participants in the Quiet Valley Explorers are required to come in a simple costume and bring their own lunch.


Farm Explorers

Come out and learn what the older kids did on the farm in the 1800’s.  Sure, there were chores to do, animals to take care of and garden vegetables to grow and eat, but, as the saying goes:  “All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy.”  With the whole farm and surrounding area to explore, you never know what Farmer Tom has up his sleeves to do next!  You can be sure that there will be games, songs, stories, hay jumps, hiking, wagon rides and traditional hand cranked ice cream on Friday!  Come to the farm and get things stirred up with Farmer Tom!


Farm Explorers Dates:  July 13 – 17, 2015

Time:  9:30 – 2:30, Monday through Friday

Ages:  Children must have completed third, fourth or fifth grade

Cost:  $110,00 or $100.00 for members

Deadline (with payment):  Monday, July 6, 2015

Minimum of six participants, maximum of 12

Leader:  Tom Salmon


Please register early to ensure an opening. Please sign up for one of our great summer programs today. See you on the farm this summer!

Contact the Office at 570-992-6161 or by E-mail for advance registration and registration forms for Summer Children Programs

(All prices and programs subject to change.)
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