Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy

Circle C Stables: Care and Keeping of Fowl        Spring 2024

​All students must complete a project for this class. This class does not include riding lessons. ​
Come and join this exciting class at Circle C stables with Cindy Nimtz!

Students will spend class time in a warm, heated classroom and insulated indoor arena. Certified teacher Cindy Nimtz will provide grade appropriate lessons and homework.  Hands-on coop work and care of chickens will follow as weather permits.

All students are required to have close toed shoes and to wear pants. Our arena is heated during the winter months, but always bring layers to wear. We will follow any state or federal mandates in regards to masks and COVID 9 restrictions at our facility. We will have hand sanitizer available to use throughout our class time.

Format: In Person
Masks: Optional

*Due to COVID-19, no riding component will be available for purchase.

Once students have taken a full year of one class, they must switch to another.

Circle C Stables  
905 Pine Hills Ln., Benton Harbor
5 miles from I-94 Exit 39 or a beautiful country drive from Pipestone exit
phone: 269-468-3293 

Basics of Small Animal Husbandry
Mondays, 3:30 - 5:30
Classes run April 8-May 20    Orientation Date: Jan. 8, 3:30-5:30
Ages: 6-15

Students will take part in establishing “backyard chickens” at Circle “C” Stable. Through hands on learning, they will learn about the planning for and care of chickens. Students will help plan and build build a chicken coop, learn about different breeds of chickens, their nutritional needs, and how to properly care for them. Through all activities and interacting with chicks and actively caring for them, students will gain the knowledge on how to raise a Happy Hen!

Small Animal Husbandry Syllabus

Additional Registration is not required at the site but we will ask participants and their guardians to fill out a liability release form at the beginning of the first class.


*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.
Teacher of Record: Tom Hurst