Chestnut Hill Farm in May and June

Programs for kids, guided nature hikes for all ages or adults, and summer camp

Above: Chestnut Hill Farm is holding summer camp, events for kids/all ages, and even an adult-only event about identifying medicinal herbs. (images cropped from TTOR photos**)

I’m sharing the upcoming events at Chestnut Hill Farm over the next two months.

All of these Chestnut Hill Farm events require pre-registration and include a fee. (Fees are discounted for members and you can find membership details here.)

Events are organized below first by those for adults or all ages/families, followed by ones specifically for children (with or without parents).

Below are the basic details (mostly in their words, but edited by me for brevity). Click links for the full descriptions (or visit here for all of their upcoming programs at the farm).

Hiking & Nature Education for Adults/All Ages

Wild Medicinals Foraging Workshop
Adults only

Wild Medicinals Foraging Workshop photo from TTOR event pageThursday, May 11th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Learn to appreciate the medicinal and edible uses of plants, both those grown intentionally and those sprouting up in the wild of their own accord. In this leisurely walk at Chestnut Hill Farm, medicinal herbalist Alex Klein will share how to fucus on identifying wild food and medicine in the garden and in surrounding woodlands, as well as teach proper harvesting techniques.

For details and to register, click here.

Finding Fungi Guided Mushroom Hike
All ages

Saturday, May 20th, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

At this fun and educational Finding Fungi Guided Mushroom Hunt we’ll review several methods beginners can use to identify and group similar fungi together, tips and tricks for locating mushrooms in seemingly barren forests and fields and learn how to connect with mycology wherever you live or travel.

For details and to register, click here.

Put a Spring in Your Step
All ages

Saturday, May 27th, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Guided Hike. May is a month in bloom where we see flowers, insects, and baby animals all making their first appearances. Put a spring in your step on this guided nature hike, appreciating the seasonal changes and new life spring brings to us all. On this delightful, guided hike, we’ll discover what’s springing up in the woods, on the ground and in the air.

For details and to register, click here.

Hike with Goats at Chestnut Hill Farm
All ages

Goat hikes from TTOR websiteSaturdays and Sundays through October, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 11:00 am

Take a leisurely hike through Chestnut Hill Farm’s beautiful grounds and trails, accompanied by one or more of our friendly goats! Goats are naturally playful and curious creatures. They love to follow the leader and stick together, which makes them perfect hiking companions! Hiking with goats is a fun and unique way to spend some time in nature and make some cuddly goat friends at the same time.

For details and to register, click here. [Note: This event has been filling up weeks in advance since it launched earlier this spring. As of this morning, it was sold out through June 4th.]

Chestnut Hill by Moonlight: Pollinators of the Night
All ages

Saturday, June 24th, 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Join us after twilight for an evening celebrating these often-forgotten pollinators and learn about moth diversity at Chestnut Hill Farm. You’ll be amazed at what you see and learn.

For details and to register, click here.

Programs for Children

Preschool Farm Explorers at Chestnut Hill Farm
For ages 2 yrs & 9 months – 5 yrs with parents (younger siblings allowed)

preschool farm explorers from TTOR event pageThursdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Your little farm explorers will become fully immersed in what life is like here at Chestnut Hill Farm. Each morning will be a new learning experience. We may go on a nature scavenger hunt, look for wildlife, search for animal signs, or visit the farm animals. We will also make something together for your little one to treasure at home. This could be a related craft, something for the wildlife in your yard, planted seeds, or something yummy in a jar!

For details and to register, click here.

Friends on The Farm
RAP (Recreation After-School Program) for Neary students

Tuesdays, May 16th – June 13th, 3:05 – 4:45 pm

Friends on the Farm welcomes 4th and 5th-grade students to Chestnut Hill Farm, a 170 acre property of pastures, woods, and freshwater wetlands. Your child is invited to an authentic, place-based experience once a week. An afternoon of farm animal interactions, wild nature play, garden tending, traditional crafts and ecological exploration awaits them after school.

(Southborough Recreation will provide transportation from the school to the farm. Parents are responsible for pick up at 4:45 pm.)

For details and to register, click here.

Family Farm Yoga: A Yoga Garden
For children with parents/guardians

Thursday, May 18th 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join us for a Children’s Mindful Yoga Adventure, as we use our imaginations to explore a garden in full bloom. We will take cues from our natural environment, and create a fun yoga flow filled with flowers, trees, bees and butterflies. Chestnut Hill Farm Family Farm Yoga is a fun summertime evening experience your family can enjoy together! No experience is necessary.

For details and to register, click here.

Family Farm Yoga: Celebrating the Summer Solstice
For children with parents/guardians

Thursday, June 29th 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join us for a Children’s Mindful Yoga Adventure as we celebrate Summer’s arrival! We’ll honor the summer solstice with sun salutations, and create a warming flow filled with summertime fun! Chestnut Hill Farm Family Farm Yoga is a fun summertime evening experience your family can enjoy together! No experience is necessary.

For details and to register, click here.

CHF camp (contributed)Chestnut Hill Farm Camp
For children ages 5-10

June 26th – August 18th, weeklong camps on weekdays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Authentic farm chores provide our daily structure. We will feed and care for the goats and sheep. We will seed, plant, water, weed, and harvest vegetables, flowers, and herbs from our learning garden. . . Each week will include opportunities for nature play, including tree climbing and shelter building. Through observation and exploration, we will witness the amazing life in the unique habitats of the forests and fields. Ultimately, campers will find a place in the natural world that they can call their own.

For details and to register, click here. You can also read my dedicated post here.

*For each of the Chestnut Hill Farm programs:

  • For the most up-to-date information or weather cancellations for this and other programs, follow Chestnut Hill Farm’s Facebook page.
  • Because it is a working farm, dogs aren’t permitted on the property.

**(all photos are copied from TTOR website events pages or Chestnut Hill Farm’s Facebook posts/events)

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