Heifer Global Village

"Heifer Global Village is open year-round! Adjustments may be made for colder weather, but the programs are just as impactful and life-changing as they've always been." 

Heather Barnes, HGV Program Coordinator

Heifer Global Village is a collection of authentic model houses from select countries around the world:  mud huts, a stilt house, thatch roofs, rain barrels, animal pens, beautiful tapestries, prayer flags, water jugs, hand-painted Mayan tiles, and so much more.  These homes represent impoverished areas around the globe where Heifer International has worked to eradicate hunger and poverty through gifts of livestock, education, and caring for the environment.  Shepherd's Spring works in partnership with Heifer to provide experiential, highly rewarding programs for children, teens, and adults who can then use their new experiences and insights to go out and make a difference in someone else's life. 

Programs in the Heifer Global Village range from one-hour walking tours to half-day cooking programs to extensive overnights in which participants become “citizens” of a specific house for the evening and work together to ensure that everyone “survives” 'til morning. It looks fun and easy, but success is not guaranteed!

Heifer Global Village at Shepherd’s Spring is one of only three such learning centers in the country and the only one on the East Coast (others located at the Howell Nature Center in Howell, Michigan, and Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas).

Who comes to the Heifer Global Village?

Public and Private School classes * University classes and clubs * Religious groups * Volunteer & Service Organizations * Girl & Boy Scout troops * Homeschoolers * Families * Road Scholar Intergenerational Program participants

What programs are offered in the Heifer Global Village?

  • Self-guided tours by appointment: by donation
  • Guided one-hour tours (5th grade - adult)
  • Guided 90-minute activity tours (K-4th grade)
  • Cultural Connections
  • Seeds
  • Global Gateway
  • Global Explorer
  • Heifer Fair Share Meal

"The program exceeded my expectations. The lessons & demonstrations were meaningful, appropriate, and impactful. The pacing between active and quiet events was perfect. This was exactly what we needed to complete our Bronze Award project."  Tara, Girl Scout leader

Click the links in the sidebar for more information or contact Heather Barnes for additional details!