New Pond Farm


Learning Center

When you visit our Learning Center you will discover special touches in all corners of the building.

Upon entering you will immediately be connected to a historic barn, as you encounter majestic hand-hewn beams that once supported a dairy barn at Milk Can Corners Farm in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. The original barn was built in the 1700s, so these massive timbers were carved from trees growing in the virgin forests of the 1600s. Historic wood from a grain silo was recycled to create the flooring and wainscoting in many areas of the building. Please read more about the antique lumber here.

The beauty continues as you climb the winding staircase and enter the barn-like Gathering Place,  on the upper level, with its breathtaking soaring cupola, antique wood, and gracious windows that frame views of woodlands and pastures, focusing your attention on the beauty of nature.

After passing photos and memorabilia of Carmen Mathews and stepping out on the wraparound porch, you will experience “Carmen’s Vista” before you enter the beautiful and welcoming Common Room, which is the wonderful home for our summer camp. It begins with a gracious living room and state of the art kitchen and leads to four spacious bunk-rooms.

On the lower level you will find our main office, a classroom (home of our observation hive during the warm weather), our wildlife room which houses a variety of interesting reptiles used in our programs, and two beautiful hand-sculpted tile walls displaying the our programs and local wildlife at each end of the hall (more on the tiles can be found here).

Credit to Olson Photographic for photos below.