John Black, Master Naturalist and former President of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, will teach us all about the fascinating world of spiders. They are amazing and vitally important creatures that should be appreciated rather than feared. John will show us why they matter and reveal spider secrets, like that some spiders can dance!
School’s out for summer . . . STILL! That means there is still time for your teenager to learn a new skill, like farm-to-table cooking. Rushton Farm regular, Chef Donna Laveran, will teach teens, ages 13 through 18, how to prepare a farm-fresh meal featuring the best of the summer harvest. Teens will learn to cook with seasonal, local ingredients from Rushton Farm and prepare a memorable feast, while developing a lifelong appreciation for the bounty made possible through sustainable agriculture.
Menu to be determined based on the harvest calendar, so check back soon for an update. Due to our small class sizes and field-to-feast format, we may not be able to accommodate dietary restrictions.
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Help us welcome the warmer weather with a family evening outside. We will provide the beautiful farm at sunset, the campfire, and marshmallows for toasting. We will hear some Native American creation stories from John Black and we will then invite others to share their own campfire tales.
Come out and enjoy an evening of storytelling around the campfire with John. Storytelling is an ancient art and has been and continues to be a very important activity in all human cultures. He has a large collection of stories, mainly from Native American folklore or “Why” stories. He also has several stories that he has written and many retelling of stories from his childhood. John attended a Master Storytellers workshop several years ago where he was able to hone the craft and learn from many wonderful storytellers. John has spent much of his adult life teaching and reconnecting people with nature and using storytelling in the process.
John lives in Browns Mills in a little purple house with his wife Christine and their 2 daughters. They share the house with Tsuki, the dog and Marcel the cat. They share the yard with a myriad of insects, spiders, birds, and many other creatures.
BYOB and BYO picnic dinner
Maximum of 30 participants
Parking at Rushton Farm, 911 Delchester Rd. Newtown Square, PA 19073; campfire near the Rushton Farm Shed Garden
Observe spooky little stream creatures projected from a microscope onto a screen to MONSTER size! Learn about which fish are native and which are invasive (the real monsters!) and how invasive species compete with natives for limited resources. Then get creative designing your own stream bug.
This program is exclusively for our Rushton Nature Keepers members. To sign up your child for Rushton Nature Keepers, click here. Or contact Blake Goll for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Observe Northern Saw-whet Owl banding at Rushton Farm and experience nature at night. These tiny owls (no bigger than a soda can) travel through Pennsylvania in the fall in search of ideal overwintering habitat. Learn about their ecology & conservation.