Chippewa Nature Center to Host Homestead Sundays June-August

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May 30, 2019
Step back in time at Homestead Sundays at Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) for a free, family-friendly afternoon, Sundays June-August from 1-5 pm. Staff and volunteers will be on hand at the log cabin and one-room schoolhouse to answer your questions, give tours of the farm and teach lessons from long ago. Kids of all ages can try activities such as grinding corn, pumping water, making rope and playing historic games. Experience Midland’s rural heritage with sights and smells of woodstove cooking, heirloom gardens and farm animals. Ring the bell, use a slate board and enjoy recess at the log schoolhouse to complete your trip to the past.
In the cabin, visitors will enjoy the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen. Volunteers will be using traditional recipes as they bake in the oven and cook on the stovetop. Visitors can lend a hand by helping to grind some nutmeg or cinnamon. Other activities include washing clothes, pumping water and carding wool. Visitors can also play the cabin scavenger hunt, or dive into the chest of 19th century games.
In the one-room log schoolhouse, children of all ages will enjoy stepping into a 19th classroom, writing on slate boards and paging through McGuffey’s Readers. Visitors can walk on stilts, send a graces hoop flying through the air, roll hoops in the schoolyard and watch the 37-star flag blowing in the breeze.
At the Homestead Farm are animals including a cow, pigs, chicken and sheep. Leicester (pronounced ‘lester’) Longwool sheep, a rare heritage breed with fewer than 2,000 globally, are generously loaned to CNC by The Lavender Fleece Farm & Studio in Midland.
Plants in the vegetable garden are mostly heirloom varieties. Thousands of heirloom fruits and vegetables have gone extinct over the past century. Some estimates say only 3% of flower and vegetable varieties grown in the U.S. in 1900 are still in existence today. Visitors will be amazed at the shapes, colors and sizes of the fruits and vegetables.
Guided tours will be offered each week at 2 pm, and a themed, staff or volunteer-led program from 3-3:45 pm. Visitors can also be their own guide as they visit the animals, explore historic buildings, enjoy hands-on activities and explore the heirloom gardens. Each Sunday will feature a special theme and activities:
June 2 – Corn Planting & Meet the Chickens
June 9 – Meet the Sheep & Fiber Arts
June 16 – Bees & Pollination
June 23 – Simple Machines on the Farm
June 30 – Log Cabin Day
July 7 – Meet the Pigs
July 14 – School House
July 21 – Crop Tour and Field to Fork
July 28 – Music & Genealogy
Aug 4 – Gardens & Food Preservation
Aug 11 – Chores Galore
Aug 18 – Meet the Cows
Aug 25 – Shelters & Timber Tools
The Homestead Farm takes us back to a time when people lived closer to the land. Chores were done by hand, community was essential and nights were dark. Homestead Sundays, offered June-August from 1-5 pm, free of charge, to explore the past and our connection to plants and animals on the farm.

Chippewa Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect all people with nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. Enjoy free admission to 19 miles of trails from dawn-to-dark, 365 days a year. Our Visitor Center, located at 400 S Badour Rd, is open 8 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 12-5 pm Sunday and select holidays. Learn more at