A farm provides a place where you can achieve many learning outcomes. It appeals to all types of learners! The auditory learner can hear a rooster crow, or a cow moo. The sensory learner can touch the wool on a soft sheep or feel the feathers of a baby chick. The sights, sounds and smell of the barn give each student an opportunity to come in close contact with our friendly animals.
Schedule Your Trip
Farm field trips take place Tuesday through Friday. They are scheduled at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:45 p.m. This one-hour guided tour explores different livestock species and teaches interesting facts about day-to-day functions of a working farm. The barn is heated in the winter, so your field trip can take place anytime throughout the school year. Teachers may ask the education coordinator to focus on a special topic about farm life that the students may be studying. Please ask the scheduler about this when you book your trip.
State Grade Level Content Expectations
The Heritage Park Petting Farm School Tour experience is correlated to the State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations.
K-7 Standard L.HE
Develop an understanding that all life forms must reproduce to survive. Understand that characteristics of mature plants and animals are inherited or acquired and that only inherited traits are passed on to their young. Understand that inherited traits can be influenced by changes in the environment and genetics.
Identify characteristics (for example: body coverings, beak shape, number of legs, body parts) that are passed on from parents to young. Example: chicken/feathers, koi/scales, sheep/wool.
Classify young animals based on characteristics that are passed on from parents (cow/calves, chicken/chicks, sheep/lambs, pigs/piglets), including identifiable characteristics such as spots and coloring.