Children's Farmyard


Children’s Farmyard, Tours, & Inn open thru Oct. 22, 2017.

Open Year-Round: Welcome Ctr & Farm Store, Walking Trails, Programs


included in  General Admission.

Enjoy a fun, safe, friendly and informative experience with your family! The Farmyard, located in the south wing of the Farm Barn, opened in 1991 and aims to give you and your family a positive, hands-on experience with agriculture!

How do you get to the Farmyard?

  • Stroll the Walking Trail from Welcome Ctr. (3/4 mile)
  • Ride a 15-minute tractor wagon shuttle from the Welcome Ctr. to the Farm Barn.
    • The shuttle to the Farm Barn leaves the Welcome Center at 10am and every half hour thereafter (00:00 and 00:30)
    • The shuttle leaves the Farm Barn to return to the Welcome Center every half hour at 00:15 and 00:45.
    • The last shuttle leaves the Welcome Ctr. at 4 pm.
    • The last shuttle back to the Welcome Center leaves at 4:45 pm.  
    • The shuttle pickup and dropoff location is inside the Farm Barn courtyard, just outside the Cheesemaking area.

What can you do at the Farmyard?

From mid-May to mid-October, explore on your own or join any educational activity scheduled throughout the day! The activities begin at 10:30 by welcoming the chickens outside for the day at the “Chicken Parade.” Activites run every half hour until the Brown Swiss cow gets milked by machine at 4:00. Our trained, enthusiastic educators look forward to connecting with you and your family as they lead these interactive activities. 

  • Chicken Parade (10:30 am)
  • Milk a Cow by hand (11 am & 2 pm daily) Watch the video!
  • Egg Collecting (self-guided anytime between 10:30 and 3pm, or guided by an educator during Eggstravaganza!)
  • Farm Chores (help the farmers feed the animals every day at 3:30pm)
  • Raptors In Residence:  Meet a live bird of prey and learn about the amazing world of raptors with Outreach for Earth Stewardship every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 1:00 PM frrom May 15- September 14.  

Other activities may include and are not limited to: 

  • Groom A Draft Horse
  • Goat Milking (daily at 4:15 pm once our does have begun producing milk)
  • Wool Bracelet Making
  • Brush a Sheep
  • Soak the Sow
  • Get in the Garden
  • and many, many more!

The schedule changes daily except for Milk a Cow, Chicken Parade, and Farm Chores activities. Give us a call or come over to find out what’s happening today!

Want to bring a class or camp group to visit the Farmyard? Registration is accepted on a rolling basis. Register now or contact  Catherine Wright at cwright@shelburnefarms.org with any questions.

What animals do we have?

  • Brown Swiss milk cow
  • Brown Swiss calves
  • Dairy Goats (due to kid in July)
  • Sheep and lambs
  • Piglets
  • Rabbits
  • Laying hens of all shapes and sizes
  • Broilers (arriving in June)
  • Turkeys (arriving in June)
  • Miniature Sicilian Donkeys
  • Draft Horse

Note: in the off season, these animals are moved to “winter quarters” and are not in the Farmyard.