Children's Farmyard


We’re open for the season! Now through Oct. 18, 2015.

Year-Round: Welcome Ctr & Farm StoreWalking Trails, Programs

included in  General Admission.

Enjoy a clean, safe, friendly and informative experience of agriculture with your family. The Farmyard, located in the south wing of the Farm Barn, opened in 1991.

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.
    • First shuttle leaves at 10 am, then runs every half hour.
    • Last shuttle leaves the Welcome Ctr. at 4 pm.
    • From the Farm Barn, the last shuttle leaves to return to the Welcome Ctr. at 4:45 pm.  

What can you do at the Farmyard?

Explore on your own or join a number of activities scheduled throughout the day. The first activity (Chicken Parade) is at 10:30 am. The last activity is at 4:00. Trained educators and volunteers are on hand to answer questions.

  • Chicken Parade (10:30 am)
  • Milk a cow (11 am & 2 pm daily). Watch the video!
  • Collect eggs.
  • Pet a rabbit.
  • Goat milking demo (4:15 pm)
  • Card and spin wool.
  • Brush a sheep and goat.
  • Get in the garden.
  • Chores with the public in the late afternoon.
  • RAPTORS in RESIDENCE: every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday @1 pm in the woods near the farmyard, starting June 20. Meet and learn about live birds of prey. Presented by Outreach for Earth Stewardship

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

What animals do we have?

  • Brown Swiss milk cow
  • Brown Swiss calves
  • Goats and goat kids
  • Sheep and lambs
  • Pigs
  • Rabbits
  • Polish Crested hens and Bantams, laying hens and roosters
  • Turkeys (in the Farmyard starting late July)
  • Miniature Sicilian Donkeys
  • Horse