EDUCATIONAL FARM TOURS
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 about the life cycles of chickens and eggs, how sheep produce wool for our fiber, holding a lamb, picking vegetables in the Farm Garden and learning the parts of a plant, hiking our trails to explore native Michigan trees and crops and understanding what makes up healthy soil, 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 shhhhh! It's so fun they don't even realize they're learning science!
Descriptions of our 2019 Farm Tours with available dates and pricing 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 included in all tours but please note the space is shared with the general public visiting the Farm. The length of the educational portion of the Farm Tours are indicated below. To allow for additional time for a self-guided tour of the farm and use of the playground and picnic area we suggest a two-hour timeframe for your Farm Tour. We can always work with groups based on size and allotted time so please call us to discuss. If you are a Kindergarten or higher level class that is part of a school system (public or private) 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 $2.00 per person. The wagon is pulled by our tractor along the milled trails through the forest and fields and then back to the Farm. The Sap to Syrup Tour and Fall on the Farm Tour include a wagon ride in the price listed below.
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!
2019 Farm Tours
From Sap to Syrup
This engaging tour begins with a wagon ride out to the Sugar Bush. Once you arrive, you will head into the woods where you will learn about the maple tree, how to tap a maple tree, how sap is collected and taste some sap. We'll learn about the different parts of the maple tree and the amazing ways they work together to make the sap. The wagon will then take your group to the Sugar Shack where you will watch and learn how the sap is converted into delicious maple syrup and try a sample. This tour includes one cup of hot cocoa for each guest and a self-guided tour of the farm and the animals.
Grades: Kindergarten-5th (also a great corporate outing!)
Available dates: March-early April (dates subject to change based on weather)
Tour Length: 90 minutes*
Farm Animals & Us: Working Together
Everyone eats, everyone uses fiber, but not every child understands where that food and fiber comes from. Understanding our connection to the animals that provide these resources is an important value for our community. In this tour, guests will be introduced to the working animals of Maybury Farm including horses, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, llamas 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 the use of the playground and picnic area.
Available dates: May-October
Tour Length: 60-90 minutes*
Feathers & Fleece
This farm tour goes deeper into teaching life cycles and the connections between animals and people by focusing on chicken and sheep. Guests will spend time in the chicken coop observing and learning about different breeds and engaging in activities to understand what chickens need for food and pasture and what they provide to us. We'll spend time learning these same aspects about our fleece providing animals., the Maybury Farm Sheep and Angora Goat. This tour will also go into depth about our conversation efforts with our threatened sheep breed, the Jacob Sheep. The tour includes a self-guided tour of the farm and animals and use of the playground and picnic area.
Tour Length: 75-90 minutes*
A Season to Bee
They may be small but they are mighty – mighty important to our food system! In this tour, children will learn about the life cycle of bees with a special focus on the honeybee. This tour starts with a tractor ride out to the Maybury Farm working hives and the pastures that they pollinate. At the hives guests will get an overview of the jobs of all the bees in the hive. Then we will take the wagon ride past the pastures that the bees directly pollinate. This portion of the tour is full of educational information including the importance of pollination to our food system, the threats that our honeybee populations face and what YOU can do to help! Then the tractor will drop the group off at the farm's garden where you will get to see bees pollinating the food that we eat, get to see the observation bee hive in the barn 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 complete in a friendly relay where THEY become the honeybee! Then they'll get to taste the fruits of their labors with a healthy and delicious honey stick made by the Maybury Farm honeybees! This tour includes a self-guided tour of the farm and animals and use of the playground and picnic area.
Tour Length: 60 minutes*
How Does The Garden Grow?
In this hands-on farm tour, kids will get to “dig in” to our Farm Garden and begin to connect to the life cycle of plants and the important elements they need to thrive and produce food for us to eat. Using age-appropriate teaching and activities, children will interact with the garden and get to touch, taste, smell, and observe a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. This tour and its accompanying activities adapt to the seasonality of the garden and will vary based on the time of year that guests attend. This tour includes a self-guided tour of the farm and animals and use of the playground and picnic area.
Tour Length: 60-75 minutes*
Fields & Forests
Did you know that in addition to the barn and pastures, Maybury Farm has 50 acres of farmland and forest? This land provides wonderful opportunities to teach guests about the different Michigan crops, native plants and trees, and the importance of the soil that supports all of it! In this farm tour, guests
take a wagon ride past the working fields of Maybury Farm. Then they will walk on our milled trail into the forest> Here they will learn, observe, and identify different trees, plants and flowers native to our Michigan forests. This tour includes a self-guided tour of the farm and animals and use of the playground and picnic area.
Tour Length: 60 minutes*
Fall on the Farm
As the 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 the animals begin to prepare for winter. This farm tour includes engaging educational activities that teach about the important Michigan crops of corn and all its incredible uses. Groups will enjoy a wagon ride out to the corn maze, have time in the short time in maze and a wagon ride back to the Farm. Also included in the tour are Parmenter's cider and donuts, a self-guided tour of the farm and animals along with use of the playground and picnic area.
Tour Length: 75-90 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.