We often look for farms to visit or other interesting day trips. After we found this gem of a place, even my husband said, are you going to put this on your blog? We’ll definitly return to this combo of places as the girls grow up! it was only about a 35 minute drive!
www.abmasfarm.com – Wykoff, Bergen County, New Jersey
Family Farm Experience
For kids, farm means amimals, so while parents shop in our greenhouses or market, children can go over to the barnyard and pet and feed our animals. More than anything, ABMA’S is about family – ours and yours – and sharing the experience of living and working on a farm with you and your children.
And a few minutes away, I found it on my phone with a quick FourSquare search…
James A. McFaul Environmental Center
150 Crescent Ave., Wyckoff, NJ
The James A. McFaul Environmental Center was founded in 1967. Originally an 81-acre pig farm, the property was purchased in 1962. In 1966 the 2.5-acre waterfowl pond was excavated. The paved drive, animal shelters and parking areas were added soon after. In 1987 the name of the park was changed to the McFaul Wildlife Center in honor of longtime Bergen County Parks executive director, James A. McFaul, who had been instrumental in the development of the site. Then in 1990 the name was changed to the James A. McFaul Environmental Center to better reflect the park’s programs.
The main building, which overlooks the waterfowl pond, has an auditorium, browsing library and nature exhibits. Winding paths on this 81-acre site brings you to woodland gardens and animal shelters. A wheelchair-accessible boardwalk takes you along the edge of the pond to a two-story observation platform.
A covered picnic pavilion is available near the main building and another open, wooded picnic area sits on top of a hill. There are free Tuesday films and other special events throughout the year.
Today the 81-acre Wildlife sanctuary offers nature programs and workshops. The site includes a waterfowl pond, bird shelters, a boardwalk, nature trail, memorial gazebo and natural science exhibits. The Environmental Center gardens include specialties such as flowering trees, Daffodil Hill, rhododendrons, ornamental grasses, the herb garden, a secret scented garden and various memorial plantings. A naturalized field area and woodland contain many plant species that provide food and shelter for a variety of wildlife species, including insects, birds and mammals.
We finished the day off with my first ever visit to Super Stop & Shop. Whoa, throw back to growing up in the suburbs in Kansas! What a huge grocery store!
Enjoy the short trip to NJ farms!