From Soil to Plate: Discover Food + Farm Exploration Center in Plover!

If you are looking for a fun day trip and/or things to do in Stevens Point, we have a new fun place to add to your list! Nestled in the heart of Central Wisconsin, the Food + Farm Exploration Center in Plover stands as a beacon of interactive education and community engagement. Opened in December 2023, this innovative center offers an immersive experience for visitors of all ages, combining elements of a teaching farm, children’s museum, science center, and community workshop all under one roof. With its 60 exhibits spread across a sprawling twenty-four-acre site, the Food + Farm Exploration Center is a testament to the rich agricultural heritage of Wisconsin.

As you step inside this 68,000-square-foot state-of-the-art educational center, you are greeted by a world of immersive, multi-sensory activities and exhibits that bring the farm-to-table journey to life. The friendly and inviting space shares stories behind the food we eat, gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for the agricultural processes.

Toddler & Preschool Area – Seedlings Children’s Gallery
Grocery store in the Toddler & Preschool Area – Seedlings Children’s Gallery

One of the highlights of the center is the Seedlings Children’s Gallery, a space designed to captivate the youngest visitors. Children can explore the world of agriculture through interactive exhibits and play areas. The space is filled with natural light and is open and inviting.

Tractor and play tables

Features Include:

  • play kitchen with tables and pretend food prep area
  • miniature grocery store with carts and play food
  • food truck
  • tractor play tables
  • books and puzzles
Interactive educational displays in the AG STEM Gallery

For those interested in the science behind farming, the Ag STEM Gallery offers a deeper dive into the agricultural world. Visitors can explore exhibits that delve into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics aspects of agriculture. It’s a place where learning feels like an adventure, with interactive displays that spark curiosity and encourage exploration. This area is fun and educational for all ages but is targeted at school aged children.

Interactive educational displays in the AG STEM Gallery

Features Include:

  • Interactive tables with farming simulators
  • Educational videos
  • Interactive sand table
  • Interactive floor game
Farm Tech Shed

Tractor & Farm Equipment Simulators

The Ag Lab Makerspace and Farm Tech Shed provide opportunities for visitors to roll up their sleeves and get creative. These spaces offer workshops and hands-on activities, allowing visitors of all ages to tinker and experiment, gaining practical insights into farming and food production.

  • Farm machinery on display
  • real-life tractor cab simulation
  • Photo opportunities
Farm Machinery Displays
Tractor simulator

How much is admission to the Food + Farm Exploration Center?

  • Adults: $12
  • Seniors (age 60+): $11
  • Youth (age 12-17): $8
  • Child (age 3-11): $6
  • Infant/Toddler (under age 3): FREE
  • Active Military & Veteran (With Military ID): $6
Lunch at the Colorful Plate Café

Colorful Plate Café

After exploring, make sure to stop in at the Colorful Plate Café for a snack or hearty lunch. Whether you’re in the mood for 

The café features a seasonal menu and proudly sources its ingredients locally, collaborating with Ruby Coffee, Tapped, Main Grain Bakery, Nueske’s, Oasis Bee Company, and Heartland Farms to craft quick-service menu options that are both simple and healthy. 

Menu includes:

  • eggs, bagels, fruit, and potatoes
  • paninis, wraps, soup, salad
  •  macaroni and cheese
  • muffins and cookies
  • freshly brewed coffee
  • bottled drinks
  • grab and go snacks
Entrance at the Food + Farm Exploration Center

Hours & Parking

There is plenty of available free parking. Currently the center is open every day but Monday.  For up-to-date hours and more information, be sure to check out their website and Facebook.

Front lobby entrance at the Food + Farm Exploration Center

Food + Farm Exploration Center 

The Food + Farm Exploration Center offers a captivating and enriching experience for visitors of all ages. It’s a place where learning meets fun, where the farm comes to life, and where the story of food unfolds. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this remarkable center and gain a deeper appreciation for the world of farming and food production.

Food + Farm Exploration Center, 3400 Innovation Drive, Plover, WI

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