Farm Center Buildings and Grounds: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit.
Due to the lifting of the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, the Farm Center is prepared to re-open to the public on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The visitors will see new safety guidelines and protocols while still allowing them time to visit the animals at their leisure.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting efforts will be made throughout the centers
- Signage reminding visitors to sanitize their hands before and after interacting with the animals and to maintain social distance will be located around the farm centers
- Directional arrows will be placed to encourage one way flow if need be
- Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout both farm centers
- Face coverings are recommended for visitors when inside of a building
- All in-person educational programming (school, scout, homeschool, etc) is suspended until further notice. We are putting together virtual field trips and other online experiences for the 2020-21 school year so please follow the Metroparks Facebook page for upcoming announcements.
Meet the animals on the 250-acre working farm. Wolcott Mill is the only known public farm in the state of Michigan where all six heritage breeds of dairy cow, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Jersey, Milking Short Horn, and Holstein, reside year-round. In addition, the farm features a wide variety of other animals, including miniature and draft horses, multiple species of sheep and goats as well as a wide variety of farm fowl. Visit the greenhouse and gardens or, when available, take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the crop fields.
The Farm Center is offering our classroom, which is located in the farmhouse for rental. The classroom can seat approximately 40 people and is wheelchair accessible. Children must be accompanied by adult supervision at all times. Reservations can be made by calling the Wolcott Farm Center at (586) 752-5932.
Tables and chairs are available for your group; we will do a standard set up and ask that you arrange them to your liking. There are 6 tables-8 feet long, 2 – 6’ tables, 3-12’ tables and 50 chairs available. Please specify the number of tables & chairs your group requires in advance. The classroom also offers a small kitchen with refrigerator, stove, and microwave. Be prepared to carry your items from the parking lot to the classroom, the classroom is approximately 250 ft from the parking lot. Vehicles are not permitted to drive up to the farm center. We suggest bringing a wagon or dolly to transport your items. Restrooms are located inside the farmhouse.
Day rate – $50 per hour between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (2-hour minimum); evening rate – $75 per hour for the 1st 2 hours between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., $60 each additional hour after the 1st 2 hours (2 hour minimum). All day (8-hour rental) $200. Reservations are required.
Please refrain from attaching any decorations to the walls or ceiling in the classroom. You may decorate the tables and chairs, but it is YOUR responsibility to clean up the classroom when you are finished for the day. The reserving individual will be held financially responsible for damage to the classroom beyond normal wear and tear. You will be allowed ½ hour set up time before your event starts and ½ hour clean up time once your event is finished. Again, it is the responsibility of the renter to clean up the classroom when you are finished with your event. This includes picking up all trash, taking down all decorations and cleaning up the kitchen area. Please ask an employee to check the room before leaving if you are concerned about being charged for additional clean up costs.
Groups may cancel their reservation at any time and for any reason, however, the site fee is nonrefundable.