Welcome to Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

All are welcome to come PLAY at the Grand Opening of our Natural Playscape on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00am – 1:00pm!

All are welcome to come PLAY at the Grand Opening of our Natural Playscape on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00am – 1:00pm! thumbnail Come celebrate the Grand Opening of our Natural Playscape on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00am -1:00pm. Bring your family and friends along to PLAY! We are excited to be able to share this amazing addition to Prescott Farm with the community! Learn more about our Natural Playscape project HERE!

There is something for everyone this Spring at Prescott Farm. Check out our upcoming Walks & Workshops – online registration is available!

There is something for everyone this Spring at Prescott Farm. Check out our upcoming Walks & Workshops – online registration is available! thumbnail Spring is here, and we have a variety of programs for all to enjoy! Bring your family and friends to the Farm and enjoy this season to it’s fullest!  New this

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Enrollment is now OPEN for Fledglings Preschool 2016/2017 school year!

Enrollment is now OPEN for Fledglings Preschool 2016/2017 school year! thumbnail We are excited to offer your 3-5 year old a fully licensed nature-based preschool program that will promote a developmentally appropriate foundation of skills while immersing them in the natural world and all it has to offer. Enrollment is now OPEN for Fledglings Preschool 2016/2017 school year. See enrollment details here. We are looking forward to another great year of preschool and can’t wait to see some new and returning faces!

WildQuest Summer Camp Early Bird rates end April 30! Get the best prices on camp now….

WildQuest Summer Camp Early Bird rates end April 30! Get the best prices on camp now…. thumbnail Act now and SAVE on our WildQuest Summer Camp! WildQuest Summer Camp is for children ages 4-15 and we offer 9 themed weeks starting June 20. Pre-K Pioneers (ages 4-5)

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Our Story

Prescott Farm has been owned by the Prescott family for over 200 years. The farm was established by Colonel Dudley Prescott of the 10th Regiment NH Militia. Colonel Prescott served in the Revolutionary War at the age of 19 and due to his war service was able to acquire land grants in 1796 and 1797. Prescott Farm, originally comprised of 700 acres, was bounded on one side by Paugus Bay and included three small islands, one of which is known today as Christmas Island. In 1804, Colonel Prescott gave the farm to his son Horatio Gates Prescott, who in turn sold it to his first cousin, Samuel Washington Prescott of Gilford, NH. The farm was passed down through the Prescott Family to Samuel's great granddaughter, Helen Prescott Pardoe; it is her son and grandchildren that are the current owners. Prescott Farm ceased to be an active farm in the 1950’s.

In 1997, the Pardoe family established a private operating foundation/not-for-profit organization, Prescott Conservancy, Inc. (PCI) and gifted 160 acres of farmland to it. The following year, PCI entered into a management partnership with the NH Audubon Society to offer environmental education programs on the property and in 2005, built the energy-efficient Samuel P. Pardoe Building for classroom and office space. On April 1, 2009 PCI began operating the Center independently as Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center.

Prescott Farm offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools. The farm is designated as an official New Hampshire Wildlife Viewing Area and offers hiking on more than three miles of woodland, pond and field trails. Visitors can also explore the three-story historic barn, beautiful heritage flower and vegetable gardens, and an old-fashioned maple sugar operation (during the month of March). Prescott Farm is supported by grants from the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation (established in 1989 by Helen Pardoe’s son Samuel), program fees, memberships, and donations.

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