Our Mission

We nurture loving and respectful connections between people and nature by using our extraordinary property as a dynamic canvas for learning.

After our founder Elizabeth Garrett died in 1910, she left her farm and all of its buildings and equipment to provide a vacation home “for the support and maintenance of poor children and deserving single women, as many as possible, so each shall remain for a limited period during the spring, summer, and fall months and shall be succeeded by others in the same manner.”

Since then, Garrett Williamson has been committed to enriching the lives of children and families in the greater Philadelphia area through quality and inclusive educational, environmental, and recreational programs, which are enhanced by their setting in and connection to a historical farm.

Thanks to our philanthropic founder and generous donors, we are able to support almost half of our families with scholarships to attend our award winning programs, which always operate with our mission and goals in mind.