The Outdoor Lesson

Since 2002, the Pfeiffer Center has offered The Outdoor Lesson, an innovative environmental education program for children of all ages. Using a wide variety of age-appropriate gardening and other outdoor activities, the Outdoor Lesson brings children a heightened appreciation of the origins and contents of the foods we eat, and the connections between human labor and the food on our table.

Activities take place in the Pfeiffer Center's gardens and fields, and at Duryea Farm of the neighboring Fellowship Community. Our fields and barns, forest paths and greenhouses, farm animals and abundant gardens, afford countless opportunities to encounter nature, and to learn from experience how nature and humanity influence and depend upon each other.

We Welcome Your Class or Youth Group!

We offer a variety of age-appropriate garden experiences to classes, afterschool programs, youth groups, home-schoolers, and day camps.

A one-hour garden tour allows children to learn about different vegetables and how they grow. Visit our bees, explore the compost process, and sample some fresh-picked produce.

At a four-hour workshop, we'll tackle some garden tasks and learn by doing. Depending on the season and the garden’s needs at the time, we might mix potting soil, cultivate raised beds, plant seeds or seedlings, or harvest vegetables and herbs. Other possibilities include meeting Captain and Eva, our team of Haflinger draft horses, visiting our honeybees, and fixing a delicious snack made from produce direct from the garden.

We can accommodate groups of up to 25 children. Interested? Please fill out and submit the form at this link, and we'll get back to you right away. Questions? Contact Mary Estrella at 845-352-5020 x15 (8:30-4:30, M-F) or


Many of our children's activities take place at Duryea Farm of the Fellowship Community. Click here to download a history of Duryea Farm (PDF).