The West Virginia University 'Family Day at the Farm' provides everything from tractor rides to seeing how and what they do on a daily basis on the farm.
"In terms of teaching, and research, and service," said Dan Robison, the Dean of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. "And a chance for people to have a better understanding of what happens in the natural world. Where food comes from, how we manage the animals, what makes animals interesting, and lots of other exhibits from our college and the extension services that co-sponsors this with us."
Hundreds of people attend the annual event each year.
There are activities for children and adults. Visitors can check out the service dogs training, or go for a horse carriage ride.
"It's an opportunity for us to reach out to the community and be a good neighbor," said Steven Bonanno, the Interim Director of the WVU Extension Service. "Because our farms are neighbors in Morgantown. It's also a great educational event. We have an opportunity to showcase where food is grown and the importance of agriculture in the United States."
Kids can get a taste of local ice cream, see animals from close to home, and see giant bugs from not so close to home.
"The food we eat everyday three meals a day comes from farms from all across the nation and from West Virginia," said Robison. "And we'd love to see more agriculture in West Virginia, more forestry in West Virginia, and more activity that can be based on our landscapes, and work that our people do. And this college, in particular, is devoted to those topics."
The event is held at the WVU Animal and Veterinary Sciences Farm each Fall.