| About New Pond Farm |
New Pond Farm is celebrating its 28th year as an environmental education center with a small working farm! Our mission is to connect people with the land that enriches and sustains us all.
Our beautiful 102-acre property, once owned by our founder actress Carmen Mathews, is an outstanding outdoor classroom: we have a variety of habitats for our environmental programs including woodlands, wetlands and pastures. Our Native American programs are enhanced by an authentically-recreated encampment. Our astronomy buildings are home to monthly astronomy programs as well as being the field station for Joel Barlow High School’s astronomy classes. Our vegetable and herb programs are featured in our Shared Harvest Program. Our farm programs take place in our barns, which house milking cows, sheep, chickens and roosters. Our barn-like Learning Center with its classroom and spacious meeting areas has been the site of art shows, adult lectures, barn dances and more. In 2007 New Pond Farm was designated a Connecticut Dairy Farm of Distinction, people visiting our Dairy Annex may purchase freshly pasteurized milk and yogurt.
In the summer we host a small and personal residential camp. During three ten-day sessions, we bring together children from the inner cities of Connecticut with children from the surrounding area. Together these youngsters, aged 8-12, from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds form friendships, develop an understanding and appreciation of one another as individuals and have a marvelous time discovering the many wonders of the farm.
We look forward to seeing you in our programs and we would welcome your support of this wonderful environmental center. Please contact us if you have any questions!