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Making Maple Syrup Tours - MARCH

Saturdays & Sundays (Canceled for 2020-see you in 2021)

March 7-29, 2020

Tours depart at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4 & 4:30pm

Farm Opens at noon and closes at 5pm. Last tour is at 4:30pm.

DETAILS:

This engaging tour begins with a wagon ride to the sugar bush where you'll learn the amazing way sugar maple trees produce sap, why sap flows, how to tap and collect sap from the tree. The wagon will then take you to the Sugar Shack where you'll learn how the sap becomes delicious maple syrup by watching the process in action! You'll even get to try a sample of the finished product! Once your tour is finished, you are invited to warm up in the Maybury Farm General Store where hot drinks and snacks are available to enjoy. Pure Michigan Maple Syrup is available for purchase and we offer free recipes for you to try with your maple syrup at home. It's a fun and educational experience for all ages!

 

COST:

$8 per person. (kids under 2 are FREE, must sit on lap)

GROUP TOURS:

Group tours are available for any group of 15 or more paid admissions (over age 2). Additional times are available during the week for group tours. Call (248) 347-0200 to book your private group Maple Syrup Tour!

Space is limited for each tour - We recommend arriving very early to ensure a spot on the wagon at the time you wish as this event sells out quickly. We do not take advance registration for groups of less than 15. The wagon ride to and from the Sugar Bush is included with your ticket. We recommend dressing warmly for the Michigan March weather. Please wear appropriate footwear as the tour takes place outdoors where the woods are often wet and snowy.

*Tour dates are subject to change based on the weather - please check our Facebook page for updates.

 

Educational Farm Group Tours - MARCH-OCTOBER

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Pre-arranged, Farm Educator Guided

For groups of 15 or more

Reservations required - please call (248) 704-9211​

we suggest a two-hour timeframe for your Farm Tour. We can work with groups to customize tours based on group size and time needs,so please call us to discuss. If you are a K-12 class that is part of a public or private school system or homeschool class, please contact us for school group pricing. 

If you would like to add a 30 minute Wagon Ride to any tour, the cost is $3 per person. The wagon is pulled by our tractor along the milled trails through the forest and fields and then back to the Farm. A wagon ride is included in the price below for the following tours: From Sap to Syrup, A Season to Bee, Forest Explorers, and Fall on the Farm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DETAILS:

Farm Tours at Maybury Farm are an opportunity for children and families to engage in hands-on experiences that connect them to the animals and agriculture that are such an important part of our world.  Whether it's learning how sap becomes syrup, how sheep produce wool for our fiber, holding a baby goat, seeing working honey bees up close, exploring native Michigan trees and wildlife while hiking our trails or taking a wagon ride out to the corn maze, our Farm Tours are designed to cultivate joy and wonder in every child!  We integrate experiential learning activities that engage kids in observation, inquiry, and experimentation - but it's so fun they don't even realize they're getting a science lesson!  

 

Descriptions of our 2020 Farm Tours, including available dates, pricing, and tour lengths, are listed below. All tours include a dedicated Farm Educator. Visiting the barn and farm animals, and use of the playground and picnic area is also included with all tours, but please note those spaces are shared with the general public visiting the farm. To fully enjoy your self-guided tour of the farm and use of the playground and picnic area,

Let’s explore what makes a Michigan forest so unique! A wagon ride will take us out to the forested area of Maybury Farm where we will walk into the trails and under the canopy. We’ll be a group of forest explorers for the day and get our hands dirty learning about what makes up our forest ecosystem, including native Michigan trees, flowers, animals, bugs, fungi and the importance of the soil that supports it all! This tour includes a self-guided tour of the farm and animals and use of the playground and picnic area.

From Sap to Syrup

This engaging tour begins with a wagon ride out to the Sugar Bush where you will head into the woods and learn about the amazing way sugar maple trees produce sap, how to tap a tree, why sap flows, and how to collect it. The wagon will then take your group to the Sugar Shack where you will see how sap becomes delicious maple syrup, watching the process, in action, in our evaporator. You will also get to try a sample of the finished product! This tour includes one cup of hot cocoa for each guest and a self-guided tour of the farm and the animals.

COST: $8

GRADES: K-12 (Also makes a great corporate outing!)

AVAILABLE DATES: March (Availability subject to change based on weather.)

TOUR LENGTH: 60 minutes* 

Farm Animals & Us

Everyone eats and everyone uses fiber, but not everyone understands where that food and fiber come from.  Understanding our connection to the animals that provide these resources is an important value for our community. During this tour, our guests will be introduced to the working animals of Maybury Farm including horses, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and more! They will learn about breeds and gender names, their life cycles, their food and pasture needs, and the roles different animals play on a working farm. This tour includes use of the playground and picnic area.

 

COST: $7 

GRADES: Preschool - 5th grade

AVAILABLE DATES: May-October 

TOUR LENGTH: 60 minutes*

A Season to Bee

Honeybees may be small but they are mighty – mighty important to our food system! This tour starts with a tractor ride out to the Maybury Farm working hives. At the hives we will learn about the life cycle of honeybees, the various jobs of the bees in the hive, the importance of pollination to our food system, the threats that our honeybee populations face and what you can do to help! Back at the farm’s garden, you'll get to see bees pollinating the food we eat, see the observation bee hive and learn how bees communicate. The final portion of the tour is the Honeybee Relay, where the group will put all the knowledge they gathered to work and compete in a friendly relay where they become the honeybee! Afterward, they’ll get to taste the fruits of their labor with a healthy and delicious honey stick. This tour includes a self-guided tour of the farm and animals and use of the playground and picnic area.

COST: $9 

GRADES: 1st-5th 

AVAILABLE DATES: June-September 

TOUR LENGTH: 60 minutes* 

Forest Explorers

For further details, and to make a reservation, please call (248) 704-9211.  

We look forward to having your group grow with us this season!

Download a printable version of our preschool age or elementary age educational offerings.

COST: $9 

GRADES: Pre-school -1st grade

AVAILABLE DATES: June-October

TOUR LENGTH: 60 minutes* 

Chow Time

Have you ever wondered why cows chew their cud or why most farm animals eat hay? Learn why in this interactive tour! We will learn about the dietary requirements and unique digestive systems of chickens, horses, and ruminant animals including cows, sheep and goats. During the tour you will even get to feed some of the animals! This tour includes use of the playground and picnic area.

 

COST: $9 

GRADES: 1st - 5th grades

AVAILABLE DATES: June-September

TOUR LENGTH: 60 minutes* 

Fall on the Farm

Asthe seasons change, so does life on the farm. Fall is a wonderful time as the growing season comes to an end, the crops are harvested and the land and animals begin to prepare for winter. This farm tour includes engaging educational activities that will teach you about important Michigan crops, including corn and apples, and their incredible uses. Groups will enjoy a wagon ride out to the corn maze with time to complete a section of the 9-acre maze. Also included with the tour are Parmenter's cider and donuts, a self-guided tour of the farm and animals and use of the playground and picnic area.

COST: $9 

GRADES:  Pre-school - 5th grade

AVAILABLE DATES: September-October

TOUR LENGTH: 75 minutes* 

*Tour length indicated is for the educational portion of the tour and does not include additional time for self-guided tours of the farm or use of playground and picnic areas.

Click for a printable version of the 2020 Maybury Farm Tours.

 

Animal Engagement - APRIL-SEPTEMBER

a safe, informative, and fun experience!  Engagement opportunities could range from holding a chicken to milking a goat. 

 

Engagement will be around the farm and not in the pasture or pens in the barn.

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Get a hands on experience with our farm animals with the help of one of our educators and farmhands who will provide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


COST: Included with your $4 admission fee to the farm (kids under 2 are FREE)

AGE: All ages welcome!

Farm Animals & Us Guided Public Group Tour MAY-AUGUST

 

DETAILS:

If you have ever wanted to get to know the animals of Maybury
Farm a little bit better, this is your
chance! Come along for a guided educational tour learning about the many animals we have at the farm. From food to fiber, learn what roles our animal’s lives play in yours.

 

Sundays - Bi-Weekly

Farm Educator Guided

Tours start at 1pm

Farm Animals & Us 

COST: $7 

AGE: All ages welcome - open to the public.  

AVAILABLE DATES: June 21, July 19, August 2, 16, & 30, September 6, 2020 

TOUR LENGTH: 60 minutes

No reservations required. No minimum group size.

 

Storytime JUNE-SEPTEMBER

Wednesdays & Thursdays - Weekly

Starts at 11am

Children will have fun while learning about a unique farm topic each week through stories, songs, and sensory play. Special animal guests may also visit us at the end of Storytime. Maybury Farm develops our storytimes based on the Every Child Ready to Read program which is a research-based early literacy program, from the American Library Association. The Every Child Ready to Read program encourages parents to interact with their children using the five practices of early literacy: singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing. These five practices develop the components of early literacy, including phonological awareness, vocabulary, print awareness, letter knowledge, and background knowledge, which prepare children to learn to read and write in school.

COST: Included with your $4 admission fee to the farm (kids under 2 are FREE)

AGE: All ages welcome!

DATES: Weekly from June 17 to September 24

LENGTH: 30 minutes

No Storytime on Thursday, July 23. Storytime takes place outdoors and so is weather dependent - please check for updates on Facebook in case of cancellation.

 

Farm Camp - JUNE - AUGUST

They'll also play team-building games, make crafts and much more!

 

Farm Camp is designed to include a variety of fun activities that will connect campers to the animals and agriculture that provide so much of our food and fiber.  Farm Camp cultivates awareness and appreciation for the role of farmers, land, and animals in the world around us and how they contribute to our daily lives!

Pre-registration is required.  Weekly camps are limited to 20 campers per session.  Campers may sign-up for an unlimited number of sessions. Please be aware that  Farm Camp enrollment fills up quickly so please register as early as possible.

function of animals on the farm, the cycle of planting, growing and harvesting while helping out in the Farm Garden and about native Michigan plants and crops while hiking through our forest trails.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

June 16 – August 13, 2020

9am-4pm

Week of July 20-22 - camp takes place on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Pre-registration required

Farm Camp is a three-day camp filled with exciting experiences designed to engage and educate kids about all things farming!  Held entirely outdoors, campers will enjoy learning about the care and  

AGE: Children ages 5-11. Children must be age five by the week they are scheduled for camp. 

SESSIONS: Week 1-2-3: Poultry, Bees & Rabbits; Week 4-5-6: Horses & Guard Animals; Week 7-8-9: Cows, Pigs, Goats & Sheep

COST: $195 per week

Return completed Farm Camp registration form and payment information to:

 

EMAIL: farmteam@mayburyfarm.org

If you are sending your registration form in by email, please scan and send.  DO NOT TAKE A PICTURE OF THE REGISTRATION FORM  to send via email!

MAIL: Maybury Farm-Farm Camp, c/o Northville Community Foundation, 195 S. Main St., Northville, MI 48167

 

Watch Me Grow - JULY-OCTOBER

Summer Session - Tuesdays; Fall Session -  Fridays

July - October, 2020

10:30am

Pre-registration required

Watch Me Grow preschool programs are for children ages 2-5. Each program is filled with hands-on experiences, music, crafts
and games to create an engaging time of fun and learning in the gorgeous green space of the farm!

COST: $20 non-member; $17 members 

AGE:  2-5 years

LENGTH: 60 minutes

SESSION SCHEDULE:  

 

Summer, Tuesdays: 

• July 7 - Wonderful Worms

• July 14 - Seasonal Seeds

• July 28 - Bug (and Spider) Bonanza

• August 4 - Terrific Trees

• August 11 - Purely Pigs

• August 18 - Chores on the Farm

• August 25 - All About Chickens

Fall, Fridays: 

• September 11 - Feathered Friends

• September 18 - Water Quality

• September 25 - Food Webs

• October 2 - Fall Colors

Registration Begins April 1, 2020.  Return completed Watch Me Grow registration form and payment information to:

 

EMAIL: farmteam@mayburyfarm.org

If you are sending your registration form in by email, please scan and send. DO NOT TAKE A PICTURE OF THE REGISTRATION FORM to send via email!

MAIL: Maybury Farm-Farm Camp, c/o Northville Community Foundation, 195 S. Main St., Northville, MI 48167

 

Refunds are not available for program registration. Thank you!

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