Do the kids in your life know where food comes from, or do they think it magically appears in the refrigerator? West Virginia University invites you to an event that will take them right to the source.

Thousands of youngsters from area elementary schools, Head Start programs and child care centers will get a closer look at a working farm during Kiddie Days Tuesday, April 27, to Friday, April 30, 2010.

Hosted by the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences in West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, Kiddie Days gives children in the region access to WVU’s Animal Sciences Farm in Morgantown, located on Stewartstown Road. Tours will start each day at 9 a.m. with the last tour of the day beginning at 2 p.m.

“We will plan to have chickens with egg hatching, and mothers with young sheep, swine, dairy and beef cattle,” said Paul Lewis, Director of the Division. “Our farm personnel, students and faculty will be on hand during this four-day period to lead the tours, answer questions, and provide assistance as needed.”

“Biosecurity measures are very important and we are asking for visitors’ cooperation to maintain animal and human health standards,” said Lewis. “We are asking anyone, including chaperones, children, parents or other relatives, who has traveled abroad in the last 10 to 14 days to please not accompany your group to farm. We will have hand sanitizing solution available and ask that you use it before leaving the farm.”

Admission is $2 per person. To schedule a tour, call 304-293-2231. Persons needing a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event should contact Denise Hunnell in the Davis College’s Office of the Dean at 304-293-2395 or at


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