Welcome to Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

Executive Director Transition

Executive Director Transition thumbnail Dear Friends, As many of you know, I recently became a mother. My beautiful and sweet son, Ben, was born in November and he has, of course. changed my life profoundly! In February I let our board of

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Our Polliwog Pre-K Programs have officially started!

Our Polliwog Pre-K Programs have officially started! thumbnail A fun group for the littlest explorers amongst us!  Bring along your favorite grown-up and join us to explore the forests, fields and gardens around Prescott Farm.  Spring is a time for renewed energy, and these sessions are

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Still accepting registrations for our WildQuest Summer Camp!

Still accepting registrations for our WildQuest Summer Camp! thumbnail We offer 9 amazing nature-themed weeks of WildQuest Summer Camp beginning June 22! Camp is for children ages 4-15 and each week offers new and exciting outdoor adventures and learning experiences! Learn more about what our camp entails by going to the Education tab at the top of our website and scrolling down to WildQuest Summer Camp 2015.

Fledglings: A Nature-Based Preschool is coming to Prescott Farm in September 2015. Registration is now open!

Fledglings: A Nature-Based Preschool is coming to Prescott Farm in September 2015. Registration is now open! thumbnail We are very excited to officially announce that we will be opening Fledglings, a Nature-Based Preschool this September for children ages 3-5. You can learn more about our Fledglings Preschool by going to the Education tab at the top of our website and scrolling down to Fledglings Preschool. Registration is now open and all forms are listed on the Fledglings Preschool page.

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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