Heifer Global Village

What is it?

The Heifer Global Village is one part of our outdoor education facility. It’s a collection of authentic model houses from many parts of the world. Here you will find African mud huts, a bamboo stilt house, thatch roofs, rain barrels, animal pens, prayer flags, water jugs, hand-painted Mayan tiles, and so much more. It is one of three such villages on the continent; the other two are in Howell, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada.

These dwellings represent impoverished areas around the globe where Heifer International has worked to eradicate hunger, poverty, social injustice, and other issues through gifts of livestock and education. Shepherd's Spring is proud to offer Heifer’s experiential curriculum to thousands of children, teens, and adults each year. Participants young and old often leave brimming with ideas about ways they might  make a difference in someone’s life.

This was such a powerful program. The kids still talk about it now, months later. I loved the way that it forced them to think outside themselves.

- Nadine, Girl Scout leader


What can we do in the Heifer Global Village?

We offer programs ranging from one-hour guided tours to half-day cooking programs to intensive overnight role-playing experiences. 


Walking Tours

60-minute Global Tour (5th grade – adult) - $8/person

90-minute Global Activity Tour (K-4th grade) - $12/person


Half-Day Programs

Cultural Connections - $35/person

Seeds - $35/person


Overnight Programs

Global Gateway - $85/person

Global Explorers - $185/person



Heifer Fair Share Meal - $25/person

Self-guided Walking Tours – by donation (reservations required)


Who comes to the Heifer Global Village?

Public and private school classes * University classes and clubs * Religious & missionary groups * Volunteer & service organizations * Girl & Boy Scout troops * Homeschoolers * Families

Thank you for such a rich and meaningful experience for our students. We’ve continued to draw upon the experience in our sustainability class and have been having great conversations.

- Laura, teacher


You’re Invited!

We offer free preview tours to group leaders interested in seeing the village before bringing a group here. If you’re going to be in the area, give us a call! Advance reservations required.

Heifer Global Village in Winter? Yes!  

The Heifer Global Village is open year-round. Adjustments may be made for the conditions, but if you can get here and we can get here, it’s on!

Other Questions?

Please see our FAQ page, or call or email for more information.