Children's Farmyard

Children’s Farmyard, Tours, & Inn will reopen on May 11, 2019!

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

included in  General Admission.

Enjoy a fun, safe, friendly and informative experience with your family! The Children’s Farmyard, located in the south wing of the Farm Barn,  will 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.
    • Shuttle to Farm Barn: Leaves Welcome Center every half hour (00:00 and 00:30) First shuttle: 10am; last shuttle: 4PM.
    • Return shuttle leaves the Farm Barn every half hour (00:15 and 00:45). Last shuttle: 4:45PM.
    • Farm Barn shuttle pickup/dropoff is in the courtyard, just outside the Cheesemaking area.

Note: For road safety, driving personal vehicles to the Farm Barn in season is not permitted (Handicap parking is available).

Exploring the Farmyard

From mid-May to mid-October, explore on your own or join any educational activity scheduled throughout the day!

  • 10:30AMChicken Parade:  The day’s first activity! We open the coop to let the chickens out, while you learn more about chickens and why we have them on the farm.
  • 11AM (also 2PM) - Milk a Cow:  Meet our Brown Swiss dairy cow.  In this not-to-be-missed activity, we’ll model our tried-and-true milking technique, then you get to hand milk the cow! 
  • 11:30AM-3PM - Rotating Activities, which may include Soak a Sow, Groom a Donkey, Get in the Garden, Meet a Sheep, Working with Wool, and more! 
  • 4PM - Machine Milk a Cow:  Learn more about our dairy operation while educators milk the dairy cow with a machine.
  • Raptors In Residence:  Meet a live bird of prey and learn about the amazing world of raptors with Outreach for Earth Stewardship. 1:00 PM.
    • Saturdays only:  May 18-June 15 and September 28-October 19.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: June 18 - September 21.

Bring your class or camp group to the FarmyardRolling registration. Questions? Catherine Parrish, [email protected].

What animals do we have?

  • Brown Swiss dairy cow
  • Brown Swiss calves
  • Dairy goats
  • Sheep
  • Pigs
  • Rabbits
  • Chickens
  • Turkey (coming mid-June)
  • Miniature Sicilian Donkeys
  • Draft Horse

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