Heifer Global Village FAQs
When can we do programs?
Anytime! If the space is available, programs can be booked weekdays, weekends, and in any season. Programs may need to be adjusted for seasonal, weather, or other factors.
Are Heifer Global Village program religious?
No, they are not. Even though we operate within Shepherd’s Spring, which is a Christian retreat center affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, neither Heifer International nor our educational programs connected with it are religious. Our participant groups are very diverse, from public schools to religious groups to scout troops, and everyone comes to the global village for their own reasons. However, any group is welcome to incorporate aspects of their faith before, during, or after the program. Simply let us know if you wish to do that.
Can we focus on STEM while in the Heifer Global Village?
Certainly! Heifer International provides what they call “appropriate technology” to their project partners (farmers) whenever possible. This can include sustainable farming practices, machines or tools which solve a specific problem, and education and training. In our Heifer Global Village you can observe such things as different building materials used in different climates, a zero-grazing goat pen, several different styles of stove, and effective water-catchment systems. The Heifer Global Village offers students a thorough introduction to what STEM can look like in developing regions of the world, which can be a springboard for further STEM lessons specific to the needs and educational goals of your curriculum.
What else can we do onsite?
Shepherd’s Spring is chock-full of wonderful things to do! If you find yourself with a few extra hours or days to fill and don’t feel like traveling off-site, we have some suggestions (which may carry an extra cost). Additional programs must be booked in advance of your trip.
- Add-on Heifer activities that you didn’t do in your program, such as a fire-building workshop or the exciting Spring Market
- Hike to Dam #4 on the C&O Canal towpath (about 4 miles round-trip)
- Teambuilding & low ropes
- Swimming pool (seasonal)
- Service projects & volunteering
- And more!
What else can we do in the region?
- C&O Canal National Historic Park – Running for 184.5 miles along the Potomac River, the C&O Canal is adjacent to our property. Scenic points along the way include Dam #4, which is about 2 miles down to the towpath from our property.
- Washington County Agriculture Center and Rural Heritage Museum (10 mins)
- Antietam National Battlefield (15 mins)
- Historic Sharpsburg, MD and Nutter's Ice Cream (15 minutes)
- Shepherdstown, WV – a fun artsy college town with wonderful restaurants, shopping and history (20 mins)
- City of Hagerstown, MD (25 mins)
- Harpers Ferry National Historic Park (40 minutes)
- Appalachian Trail – various trail access points, monuments & scenic overlooks
- City of Frederick, MD (45 mins)
- Gettysburg National Battlefield (1 hour)
- Washington, DC & Baltimore (2 hours), including such destinations as Fort McHenry, the National Zoo, and volunteer opportunities at DC Central Kitchen.