Go snowshoeing, learn how maple syrup is made, explore how livestock survive Michigan winters, or ever learn how to start a backyard flock of chickens, just by visiting at the Blandford Nature Center Farm.
The Blandford Farm Program is offering a variety of classes for all age groups:
Brrr in the Barnyard- January 25 from 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Ever wonder how the goats, sheep, and chickens at Blandford survive the long cold winter? Explore livestock adaptations – wool, hair, feathers, and more! Then check out all the farmer modifications to the barns that ensure everyone weathers the winter. Wrap up with a cup of cocoa and a chance to warm up at our barnyard bonfire. Marshmallows will be provided!
Backyard Chicken Basics- February 29 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Baby chick season is just around the corner! Thinking about starting your own flock? Take this extended version of our popular Chicken & Egg class and get all your chicken questions answered. Learn about local permit requirements, examine feed options, chat about coops, and find out what chicken is right for you! Farm staff will also discuss fertilized eggs, demonstrate candling, and explain the incubation process. Before departing, take a hike over to the Blandford Farm so you can meet our bantam chickens and check out their setup.
Other winter activities visitors can take part in include snowshoeing, harvesting natural maple syrup, and more!
All program information and registration is available at blandfordnaturecenter.org.