The MetroParks Farm is closed for the season.
We will see you in the spring!

MetroParks Farm

Open seasonally, this 402-acre working farm promotes agriculture through educational programming, tours, display areas, and a children’s playroom. Beginning in the 1910s, the property served as the Mahoning County Experimental Farm. The Ohio State University managed it until 1990, researching improvements in planting, livestock production, and pest management. Since 1990, in line with its mission to preserve open space, Mill Creek MetroParks has operated the property under a lease from Mahoning County. Contact the Agricultural Programs Manager at 330.533.7572 for educational opportunities, programs and events, and farm tours. Also located at this facility:

    • McMahon Hall — This popular multipurpose hall is available for rental, year-round.
    • Classroom A — This cheerful classroom can accommodate up to 45 people for a seminar or party.
    • MetroParks’ Administrative Office — The Administrative department includes bookkeeping, payroll, reservation processing, and human resource functions. Insurance, audits, and contracts are also the responsibility of the Administrative department. The MetroParks must adhere to federal, state, and local government requirements and regulations. The MetroParks is subject to biennial audits performed by the auditor of the state of Ohio. The office is open from 8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. Phone: 330.702.3000
    • Access to the MetroParks Bikeway — an 11-mile paved trail for hikers, skaters, and bicyclists is located at the north end of the parking lot.
    • Archery Range — Located behind the Educational complex. Open from dawn to dusk. Bring you own bow and arrows. Targets are set up at 10, 20 , 30  yards.  During normal business hours use main parking lot and walk to range.  After business hours and on weekends, use service entrance, but keep drive/lane open for traffic.  Children must be supervised and participation is at your own risk ; following all safety practices for the sport.
    • Access to the Mindy Henning Memorial Trail, off the MetroParks Bikeway
    • Natural Playground
    • Demonstration Rain Garden — Rain gardens are designed to act like sponges in your yard, capturing runoff from household surfaces such as roofs, patios, and lawns and allowing the water to seep slowly into the ground instead of running off into the storm drain all at once. They are contoured and planted with attractive native flowering plants that are adapted to occasionally wet conditions. Rain gardens do not hold water for more than 24 – 48 hours before it soaks into the ground, so there is no need to worry about mosquitoes!If you would like more information about rain gardens, including how to build your own, contact Mill Creek MetroParks at 330.702.3000. Come out and see our rain garden at the MetroParks Farm that was constructed in the summer of 2011.
    • Public Programs – Plan your family’s “Ag”venture today!  The MetroParks Farm oers many special programs, classes and activities for children and adults throughout the year. Outdoor education classes for adults include agricultural programs, health & wellness, and more. Educational and recreational opportunities for children include hands-on learning, Farm activities, crafts, and summer day camps. Weekend Farm tours, tractor wagon rides, and special events are perfect for the whole family. 
    • Birthday Parties –  Book your special day at the MetroParks Farm. Rental fees apply. You provide your own food and decorations for any theme. From April through October, customize your party with a tractor-wagon ride, playroom, or visit with the animals. Additional fees may apply.

Address, Hours & Info

MetroParks Farm
7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd.
Canfield, OH 44406

Phone: 330.533.7572
Email: generalinfo@millcreekmetroparks.org

Hours of Operation

April
Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday, 1 – 4 pm

May through October
Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday, 1 – 4 pm

Playroom

April
Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday, 1 – 4 pm

May through October
Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday, 1 – 4 pm

Office Hours (Classroom A, When Available)
Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

MetroParks Administrative Office
PO Box 596
7574 Columbiana-Canfield Rd.
Canfield, OH 44406
Phone: 330.702.3000
Fax: 330.702.3010

Animal Care

The care and well-being of the animals is our utmost concern. We have staff scheduled on a daily basis to feed and care for the animals. Chore time begins at 7 a.m. each day and we spend several hours feeding and getting the animals ready for their day. We repeat the process each evening; therefore, we ask that you follow these simple rules:

    • Please do not feed or offer treats to any of the animals. We work with a feed nutritionist to make sure the animals are provided the correct balance and amounts of grain and/or roughage. Feeding incorrectly or too much can lead to major digestive issues and in some cases death. Feeding by hand or accepting a treat can teach an animal to bite.
    • Animals are scheduled indoor and outdoor time depending on the daily schedule, weather conditions, and their current health needs. MetroParks Farm staff makes these decisions on a daily basis.
    • Animals can and do bite; therefor, never place your hand directly in front of an animals’ mouth.
    • Parents: please monitor young children at all times; do not allow them to climb or play on gates which can accidentally be left unlatched. 
    • If barn doors are closed, please do not open them – doors are closed for a reason.
    • Wash your hands after visiting the animals.

Historic Beginnings

The current Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, located across from the Canfield Fairgrounds in Canfield, Ohio, began as a private farm owned by the Ewing Family. In 1915, a ballot initiative placed before Mahoning County residents resulted in the farm transitioning to an experimental farm, created and operated under the guidance of The Ohio State University. The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) staed and operated the 275-acre facility until 1994.

In 1990, Mill Creek MetroParks was approached to help create and coordinate agriculture education programming and tours at the Mahoning County Farm Facility. Soon, the farm became an annual field trip destination for many elementary school children. Educators from the farm were welcomed into the classrooms of local schools to help students learn about where food comes from and the importance of agriculture in their lives. In 1996, an educational complex was constructed, funded by dollars earmarked from the state budget. Structures include barns to house livestock and poultry, classrooms for students and meetings, indoor restrooms, and McMahon Hall, a rental room with seating capacity of 160. The construction also brought the Mill Creek MetroParks Administrative Oces to Canfield. Special events and public hours enhance visitors’ experience. Through grants and other funding opportunities, Mill Creek MetroParks Farm now encompasses more than 400 acres.

Mill Creek MetroParks • PO Box 596 Canfield, OH 44406 • email: generalinfo@millcreekmetroparks.orgphone: 330.702.3000
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