As a nonprofit organization, the support of individuals and businesses in the community helps us carry out our mission every day. Help us provide programs and a place in the community that encourage curiosity, discovery, fun and connection to the natural world!
Here are a few words from folks who have participated in our programs:
“We feel that all children should have the opportunity to experience Prescott Farm. It helped my shy boys come out of their shell and experience things that they would never have experienced. They enjoyed it so much they asked if they could only go to your summer camp next year, all summer. Thank you so much for caring about children the way you all do.”
“Prescott Farm offers the opportunity to learn about our local ecosystems, get dirty, and have lots of fun! My kids look forward to the new and repeated activities each year, and come away with a better understanding of our earth and our place on it.”
“Being outside and learning about nature brings out the creativity in all children. Prescott Farms is an amazing place that brings our children away from the world of technology and back to childhood basics and the love, beauty, and tranquility of the world outdoors. Fantastic experience!!!”
And if that’s not enough – consider this:
- Through our programs and practices, we hope to inspire our community to make choices that will result in a healthier future on personal, local and global scales.
- Our high-quality, dynamic programs engage people of all ages in a range of experiences that immerse them in the natural world—from our WildQuest Camps to partnerships with schools, adult workshops to pre-K programs, and family programs to senior outings.
- Have you ever heard of “Nature Deficit Disorder”? Studies show that most kids are spending about 7 hours A DAY in front of some kind of screen and aren’t getting outside to play nearly as much as their parents and grandparents did. The incidences of childhood obesity, anxiety, and ADD and ADHD are higher than they were a generation ago, but studies show that getting kids outside helps with all of these issues.
- Furthermore, studies show that kids spending time outside and participating in environmental education programs demonstrate better leadership skills and foster better relationships, are less stressed-out, are less likely to use drugs or alcohol later in life and have stronger environmental stewardship ethics and practices as adults.
- Our school programs engage students in science and other subjects by getting kids outside to use the school’s backyard as a classroom. Studies show that students participating in such programs are better focused and do better in school.
- Our energy-efficient Samuel P. Pardoe Building is a model of conservation, both in design (solar electricity, passive solar light/heat, and geothermal heating/cooling) and practice (composting, recycling, etc.) and the ideas and skills people gain from our programs can help them lead a lower impact, smaller environmental “footprint” lifestyle.
- Our property is a “hidden gem” in the Lakes Region. We preserve open space and protect the rich biodiversity of New Hampshire – we have 160 acres of beautiful acres of forest, field, gardens and ponds that are open to the public for free year-round.
- Whenever possible we partner with and support the work of other organizations that are making a difference in the community, and we give back as much as we can.
- We believe everyone should be able to participate in and reap the benefits of environmental education, so we strive to make our programs as affordable as we can. However, we need your support to continue to make this possible!
Please consider the following opportunities for supporting Prescott Farm:
- Become a Member!
- $50 donation to our Bus Fund to help public schools pay the high cost of sending their kids on an experiential field trips to Prescott Farm.
- $100 donation to honor a special occasion in your life (weddings, births, birthdays, retirements, anniversaries, holidays and memorials) in lieu of a gift.
- $225 donation to our Camp Scholarship Fund to send a child to summer camp for one full week.
- $250 donation to sponsor a picnic table (including your message and business name on it).
- $500 donation to sponsor a new foot-bridge on our trail system (including a plaque with your message or business logo on it). Bridges will be built with the help of community volunteer groups.
- A general contribution in any amount is always welcome.
Click on the MAKE A DONATION button at the top of this page to make a secure online donation, or you may send a check (made out to “Prescott Farm”) to us at 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia, NH 03246.
For questions on Membership, please contact Jude Hamel, Executive Director.
Making a gift to Prescott Farm through your will or revocable living trust is a simple way to support our mission. If you have chosen to include Prescott Farm in your estate plans, please let us know! If you have questions about making a gift to Prescott Farm through your estate plans, we’d be happy to answer them. Please contact Jude Hamel, Executive Director at (603) 366-5695.
We very much appreciate your generosity!