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Children's Summer Nature Programs 

The 2021 FOFAH summer programs offer children the opportunity to explore the out of doors while having fun in a relaxed and safe environment at George Hendee's Hilltop Farm. Participants will learn about nature and science, while making friends and building self confidence under the guidance of scientists and teachers.


Programs are aligned with the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) approach to the world and learning.


Our goals:

  • Promote an understanding and love of nature

  • Advocate the wise use and preservation of natural resources

  • Educate about the interrelationship of soils, water, plants, animals and people


Birds of Prey Presentation.

Photo by Ray Pioggia.

The Little Bugs - Ages 4-6
This is a one day introduction to nature in the outdoors with an adult and child. This is a class that will be lead by a long-term FOFAH Volunteer and certified CT Science Teacher.

  • Tuesdays, July 20, 27 or Aug 3

  • 10 am till noon

  • $25 / each session


Lil Chicks  - Ages 4-6 
Our instructor is a Suffield High School Agriscience student. Her agricultural project is to raise chickens in the "backyard chickens" model, sell the eggs, and to educate children about raising chickens and how eggs develop. This is a four-part series, yet each session is a lesson on its own. So your child will still learn interesting facts about chickens without attending all four sessions. 

  • Thursday:

    • July 15 - Chicken and Egg Development

    • July 22 - Parts of the Chicken

    • July 29 - Caring for and Handling Chickens

    • Aug 5 - Chicken Poop and Composting

  • 4 pm-5:30 pm

  • $25 / each session


The Conservation Explorers - Grades 1-4 / Ages- 6-10
Explorers learn to identify plants and animals and their role in the environment. The children will develop a stronger connection to the farm and the origin of their food.  The Wildlife Habitat focuses on food, birds, trees and water. Farm Life explores plants, chickens, pollinators and more. Each session offers different activities including chores. 


Themes & Dates:

  • Wildlife Habitat Session I - July 19-23

  • Farm Life - July 26-30

  • Wildlife Habitat Session Il - August 2-6


Days and Times:

  • Monday- Friday 9 am-3 pm



  • $195 / each session


Theme & Dates:

  • Conservation at the Farm - August 9 - August 13


Days and Times:

  • Monday- Friday 9 am-3 pm


  • $225

The Hilltop Adventurist - Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-12+ 

Hilltop Adventurists will explore a different aspect of how nature, wildflowers, composting and hay have been important influences on this former Suffield dairy farm.

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