The Farrel-McWhirter Farm School
The Farrel-McWhirter Farm School offers the citizens of Redmond and the Seattle area the opportunity to connect with nature and rediscover our common “roots”. Using beautiful Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park as our classroom, the Farm School endeavors to cultivate a strong, vibrant community through agricultural education for ages two years through adult.
We are currently offering educational and hands-on classes on common livestock animals. Classes are conveniently arranged by age to ensure a fun, but educational experience for all students. Sign-up and get the opportunity to learn more about the FM animal residents and what it takes to responsibly care for their species. Through its programs, the Farm School hopes that students will discover all the wonders and bounty that farming has to offer.
All About Animals Series (2-5 yrs old)
A very special series of classes especially geared for the littlest of farmers! Participants will enjoy exciting classes that will teach them ALL ABOUT the farm animal species. Classes include a 'farm' craft, story and hands-on animal education and encounters.
- All about Bunnies and Chicks
- All about Pigs and Goats
- All about Moo Moos
- All about Sheep
- All about Ponies
- All about Farm & Forest
Barn Yard Basics Series (6-12 yrs old)
A 'farmtastic' series of classes and camps designed to introduce children to the wonderful world of farm life. Participants will learn the basic care and needs of the classic farm animal species that reside at Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park.
- Bunny and Chick Basics
- Piggy and Goat Basics
- Moo Basics
- Sheep Basics
- Pony & Horse Basics
- Farm & Forest Basics
Family Farming 101 (6+ yrs)
Explore the thrills and hard work that come with being a farmer. Designed for kids 6 and older with parent(s), classes offer hands-on livestock handling, species health care education, daily animal husbandry practices, and basic fencing and enclosure layouts for each species. Classes help determine if livestock ownership is in your family’s future.
- Horses & Ponies
Farmers in Training (F.I.T.) Program (12-17 yrs)
Gain agriculture experience, leadership skills and job training by volunteering in our Farm School Summer Camp programs. Assist Day Camp Staff by leading fun and exciting agriculture-based camps for children ages 31/2
-9 years old. Receive animal handling training and education on the husbandry and nutritional needs of the species housed at Farrel-McWhirter. Additionally, receive instruction on working with children and how you can assist the Day Camp Counselors. A F.I.T. t-shirt is included and will be provided at the training. For more information, review the F.I.T. Handbook.
In order to apply, applicants must do the following:
Applications and schedule request forms are due June 1st
Please submit all forms to the Volunteer Coordinator, Ali Hull, at firstname.lastname@example.org