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Schools Out! Programs

Bring your child to Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve for fun and nature-filled days off from school!

Each Schools Out! program is tailored to the seasons of the watershed. See below for upcoming programs!





Next Up:

Exploring Autumn

Friday, November 10 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Ages 7-10

We will learn about animal adaptations for the winter, observe the changing seasons and enjoy plenty of time exploring! Suited for children ages 7-10, this program will involve games, crafts and hiking. Families are invited to stay after pick up for a hike or picnic! Children should bring a nut-free snack, reusable water bottle, weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, and sense of adventure!

$25 per child

Register by November 8th. Click here to register!


Meet the Educator: Tracy Gordon

A lifetime resident of Morris County, Tracy has spent many hours wading through the streams of the Raritan Headwaters.  She has a passion for insects and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and a NJ Teaching Certificate of Eligibility for grades K-5.   One of her favorite jobs was working as a mosquito inspector searching for larvae in nearby swamps and woodland pools.  Bicycling, canoeing, camping, bee- keeping and gardening are among her favorite outdoor activities. Tracy loves going on adventures with her grandchildren who live in Vermont.   She enjoys any opportunity to share her love of nature (especially bugs!!) with children.


Nature Photo and Documentary Workshops

Thursday and Friday, November 9 and 10 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Ages 11-14

Grab your camera and explore Fairview Farm, learning to observe and record the amazing wildlife and wonders of the watershed! Participants will learn techniques in capturing moments of nature as photos and short films. Covering the basics of cinematography and photography, this workshop will include plenty of exploration time and everyone will create work they are proud of. Participants should bring with them a digital camera of some sort (tablets, GoPro’s and most cell phones/iphones work fine!), and there will be a few to borrow as needed.

$40 per child for one day, or both days for $75

Register by November 7th. Click here to register!


Meet the Educator: Brayden Donnelly

Brayden has been a professional photographer, videographer, and graphic designer for the past six years. His creative eye and ability to work with varied age groups, experience levels, backgrounds, and languages, has allowed him to teach locally and internationally. He prides himself on recognizing that everyone brings a unique creative skill and personality to the table, and that no one photographer is “better” than the other.

Brayden has been an instructor for our summer nature photography camp as well as The Freehold Borough YMCA chapter, Rutgers University, and abroad in Reykjavik, Iceland through SEEDS. Brayden’s portfolio can be seen at braydenndonnelly.weebly.com.


Save the Date for these Upcoming Programs:

  • Frozen Wonders, Monday, January 15
  • Winter Tracking, Monday, February 19
  • Getting Ready for Spring! Friday, March 16

Stay tuned for registration information!


For more information, contact Lauren at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org