Children's Farmyard

COVID-19 Update:

All programs are cancelled until May 1. Trails are open. Welcome Center closed indefinitely beginning March 19th. Opening dates for Children’s Farmyard, Tours, and Inn are to be determined. More details at: COVID-19 homepage.

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 Center (3/4 mile)
  • Ride a 15-minute tractor wagon shuttle from the Welcome Center to the Farm Barn.
    • Shuttle to Farm Barn: Leaves Welcome Center every half hour (00:00 and 00:30) First shuttle: 10:00AM; last shuttle: 4:00PM.
    • 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 (ADA accessible 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.
  • 11:00AM & 2:00PMMilk 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 to 3:00PM - Rotating Activities: May include Soak a Sow, Groom a Donkey, Get in the Garden, Meet a Sheep, Working with Wool, and more! 
  • 4:00PM - Machine Milk a Cow: Learn more about our dairy operation while educators milk the dairy cow with a machine.
  • 1:00PM - Raptors In Residence: Meet a live bird of prey and learn about the amazing world of raptors with Outreach for Earth Stewardship.
    • Saturdays only: May 18 through June 15; September 28 through October 19.
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: June 18 through September 21.
  • All day - Enjoy our Storywalk located on the Lone Tree Hill Trail beside the  donkey pasture. Follow along a seasonal story as it’s displayed page by page throughout the trail. Your family can read as you walk, letting the story unravel with every step.  StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Bring your class or camp group to the FarmyardRolling registration. Questions? Contact Cat Parrish at [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.