Ways to engage

Educational programs at the Garrett Williamson Barn are based around creating a positive environment and honoring a sense of belonging. Using our historical farm setting as a campus for learning, participants engage their creativity by cultivating their natural desire to ask questions and seek answers. Through developmentally appropriate activities, we will foster a connection with and learn respect for all people, animals, and the environment.

The Farm Animals support and compliment these educational experiences by providing participants with unique, hands-on interactions. Be sure to check out our Meet the Animals page to learn about our Farm Animals.

And as this is a Farm, we can always use extra hands! We welcome volunteers for any / all these year-round activities. If something catches your eye, please submit your information through our volunteer link.

 

The Garrett Williamson Animal Co-op is our most unique educational opportunity. Co-op families provide the on-going, recurring care for our Farm Animals, fostering a connection to and respect for our farmed animals. This includes feeding, grooming*, and mucking (scooping poop). Some animals require additional care – for example, Flash requires supplements and

 nutrients added to each of his meals. Tasks may also vary depending on the time of year. Prior to starting chores, all members complete an orientation and a minimum of six weeks of training. (*Not all animals require recurring grooming, but some are sheared one – two times a year.)

We offer chore experiences for the following animals:

  • Alpacas
  • Dairy Goats
  • Horses
  • Pigs (April – August)
  • Poultry – Broilers (January – February), Heritage Hens & Laying Hens (March – August), & Turkeys (August – November)
  • Sheep

To become an Animal Care Co-Op member, participants must be at least 10 years of age.  Contact the GW Agriculture Education Director, Rebecca (rebecca@garrettwilliamson.org) to set-up a time to learn more about this commitment.

Come celebrate your special day with our favourite farm teachers – our Horses, Flash & Willow; our Alpacas, Gerty, Roxy, & Ruby; and some of our year-round Sheep friends – Cupid, Nikki, Arugula, & Luna (just to name a few)!Depending on the time of year, you can also celebrate with our chickens, goats, and pigs!

But no matter the time of year, we know you will enjoy your birthday adventure in our barns, pastures, gardens, and trails to discover the amazing world around you. Party down with your cake, candles and presents in our meeting room or enjoy the farm-fresh air at the picnic tables, overlooking the pastures & woods. Bring your favorite humans and let the animals help you celebrate down at the Barn!  

Minimum participants: 10 
Maximum participants: 20 
Cost:  Coming Soon! 
Program duration: 2 hours – one hour for festivities and one hour for Farm activities (not in that order)

Through tours and activities, families will have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while visiting with Garrett Williamson’s alpacas, goats, horses, sheep (year-round); chickens* and pigs* (seasonal).

As long as the weather is safe, all activities will take place outside – rain, snow, wind, & sunshine! So please dress accordingly – layers and boots are key. The Barn is the highest point in Delco so it is always cooler and windier here.

The cost coming soon; children two (2) and under are free.

Pre-registration is recommended but not required: rebecca@garrettwilliamson.org.

This new program uses our historic 240-acre property to engage children and their caregiver with a variety of enriching and developmentally appropriate programs. Every Wednesday morning, children ages 2 – 5 years old will participate in gardening activities, animal explorations, nature hikes, arts & crafts, and unstructured play, learning respect for all people & the environment. As long as the weather is safe, all activities will take place outside – rain, snow, wind, & sunshine!

The cost for each week is $25 per child, $20 for each additional child. But no one will be turned away for lack of funds as we strive to ensure that everyone can access our great programs. Please contact us for more information about our sliding scale.

As this program is still in development, we’re asking interested families to please fill out this  brief survey. Depending on popularity, a second playdate for children ages 5 – 7 years old can be added.

We want to offer programs that you’re interested in learning about. These are just a few of the events and activities we have offered in the past, currently offering, or developing. Please check out our Event Calendar for these and other

 programs, as they are added.

  • Ag-Ed seminar series
    • New Bolton-UPenn Vets share their expertise on animal welfare, management, and prevention.
    • Industry experts support field trips and guest speaker appearances.
  • Garden & Farm workshops
    • Compost 101
    • Soap felting
    • Gifts from the Garden