When it comes to animal encounters, sometimes keeping it low key at a farm is just the ticket. Whether that means feeding a horse, petting a longhorn, or becoming a beekeeper, we’ve rounded up the most fun, functional, and famed farmlands from coast to coast. Flip through the slideshow below for everything junior aggies need to know.

Buzz on By – Delaware, Oh

With farm camps, programs for families and schools, as well as daily visits, this educational organic farm and nature preserve is committed to educating young farmers about the land and the flora and fauna who call these 236 acres home. Knowing how important pollinators are to the overall health of an ecosystem, an onsite apiary has joined their goats, cows, chickens, and sheep—all of which are taking visitors.

Pick a Program

The Center serves up expansive offerings to educate young land lovers—from monitoring their biodiversity-rich vernal pools to Life Science Internships for 5th graders. You can even apprentice to become a beekeeper.

Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd.
Delaware, OH 43015
Online: stratfordecologicalcenter.org

photo: Stratford Ecological Center

  • HarleyFarms-cc- penny via flickr
  • TractorKids - Schnepf Farms - via website
  • KidsFeedingHorses-Sun Valley Stables-via Chartlotte Stevenson
  • GirlLonghorn-Preston Trails Farm via facebook
  • FarmKids-Oliver Kelley Farm-via Minnesota Historical Society
  • GirlwithChickens via Stratford Ecological Center
  • GirlonTractor-Frying Pan Park Farm via Jennifer Massoni Pardini
  • GirlFeedsGoat-cc-Kurt Wagner via flickr
  • Queens County Corn Maze via Yabome M.K. Casper
  • TwoLlamas-cc-John Cudworth at Westpoor Park via flickr

Where do farm animals roam in your neck of the woods? Share with us in the Comments below!

—Jennifer Massoni Pardini