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.
- 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.
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! Activities begin at 10:30 by welcoming the chickens outside for the day at the “Chicken Parade.” Activities 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!
NOTE (5/14/18): Our cow is still getting used to her role in the Farmyard. For now, we are doing Meet a Cow not Milk a Cow at 11 and 2. Thanks for helping us get her comfortable.
- 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. 1:00 PM, Saturdays thru June 16, then every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday until September 15.
Other activities may include:
- 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!
What animals do we have?
- Brown Swiss milk cow
- Brown Swiss calves
- Dairy Goats (due to kid in July)
- Sheep and lambs
- Piglets (5/22/18: Pigs will be arriving once their new pasture and fencing is complete.)
- Laying hens of all shapes and sizes
- 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.