The Fulper Family Farmstead's journey started in 1909 when Mary Fulper brought one cow with her to a patch of land in New Jersey and started growing vegetables with her family. Over time, her family grew and so did their business. Throughout the next century, they developed their farm, growing tomatoes for Campbell's Soup, building a state-of-the-art milking parlor for their 80 cows, and installing solar energy and soil conservation methods.
Today, you can visit the farm that is still thriving under the gentle guidance of the fifth generation of Fulpers. Explore the farm facilities to see the milking parlor and newborn calf barn up close, or learn about sustainable farming from the compost barn and solar energy system. Visitors can even follow in the farmers' footsteps by making their own butter, ice cream, or milk paint. Farm activities also get kids out in nature with hayrides, an obstacle course, and scavenger hunts.
The Watershed Butterfly Festival, presented by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, will teach families about their local environment. Kids can get face to antennae with butterflies and other insects at the brand new butterfly house, and families can explore nature on hayrides, walks, and at the festival's interactive enviro-zones. After learning all about a butterfly's lifecycle and rambling along on a trail, guests can take in the fest's much anticipated butterfly and bug parade where costumes are encouraged. Other entertainment will include classic rock from The Dadz. Food and art will be available from local artisans, and tethered balloon rides will be available for purchase.
It puts a whole new spin on the phrase "race around the world." At the Global Energy 10K & 3K, thousands of runners, walkers, and joggers in 22 cities and 19 countries all across the globe trace their own paths for a positive purpose. It's all part of Grupo Bimbo's healthy-lifestyle initiative, designed to inspire people of all fitness levels to get up, get out, and get running.
Philadelphians and out-of-towners alike can find refuge from the city by way of the Forbidden Drive, a scenic expanse that extends from Chestnut Hill to Manayunk, yet feels miles away from urban life. As part of the Wissahickon Valley Park—which covers 1,800 acres—the wooded trail shelters joggers, cyclists, hikers, and even those on horseback as they explore the area's natural flora and fauna. A frequent spot for organized races, the trail is also marked by historic and geological sites.
The Friends of Wissahickson, or FOW, is a non-profit organization that started in 1924. With over 1,600 members, they work in conjunction with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to restore historical structures, eliminate invasive plants, monitor watershed management, and restore trails with the Sustainable Trails Initiative.
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, running 2,180 miles over mountains, rocky slopes, and deep valleys. Since it was established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has cared for the trail, maintaining 250,000 acres of public land. The organization educates hikers on Leave No Trace camping and why it's not a good idea to challenge a bear to a hugging contest.
Volunteers and trail crews build and repair shelters along the footpath and engage youth and community members in outdoor activities. In addition to these human-oriented services, the ATC works to protect endangered species living along the trail and to preserve the land's watershed streams and migratory corridor.