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Children’s Education Farm

The Children’s Education Farm is a dynamic area for learning about farm life. It includes a chicken coop, barn classroom, turtle house, bunny house, raised wildflower and vegetable beds, Great Lakes watershed mosaic map and apple orchard.

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Visitors flock to see the farm’s rooster and hens. Hens lay up to 8 eggs a day for the perfect farm breakfast.  We keep a mixed flock of several heritage breeds in our efforts to help preserve livestock diversity. Each breed has a unique history, some dating back 200 years or more from locations around the world. 

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At the Christopher Farm and Gardens we have introduced Pekin ducks to our duck population.  We have two at the Farm House Pond and another 6 at the Detention Pond.  The Pekin ducks are large, white and do not fly.  Pekins are the most common American domestic duck.  Fully mature ducks weight 8 - 11 pounds and have a lifespan of 9 - 12 years.   

We also have mallard ducks.  On the Farm House pond we have a group of 8 male and female mallards that we got as ducklings a couple years ago.  This group tends to stick together and will stay at the Farm House pond year round.  

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Every bunny loves rabbits.  We have two rascally long eared rabbits.  Their favorite past time is digging holes.  The rabbits feast on fresh grown carrots and lettuce in a raised bed garden next to their house.  

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Painted turtles enjoy their summer swimming hole in The Children's Farm area.  Each Spring we find a couple turtles in the Farm House pond and relocate them to the Children's Farm Turtle House.  At the end of the Summer season we return the turtles to the Farm House pond for Winter hibernation.  

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Where are we?  The Great Lakes Watershed mosaic map is a great tool for explaining where we are a long Lake Michigan.  We have name plates for the Great Lakes and surrounding states that children can place on the map as a way to learn the area geography.  

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The Educational Barn is filled with games and educational materials that supplement learning about turtles, chickens, rabbits, the Great Lakes and native wild and plant life.  

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We have enjoyed hosting a number of school field trips.  It is a joy to see children exploring and learning about nature at the Farm.  The Christopher Farm & Gardens has The Children's Education Farm, the Bear Woods, the Dairyland Express riding train, greenhouses, koi ponds and more that are great for children to explore.  Teachers are welcome to reach out to us on our Contact page to inquire about bringing classes for field trips.  

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