Children's Farmyard


Children's Farmyard, Tours, & Inn are now closed.

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?

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 Saturday at 1PM, June - October. 

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 the beginning of July)
  • Sheep and lambs
  • Pig and piglets
  • Rabbits
  • Laying hens of all shapes and sizes
  • Broilers (arriving in June)
  • Turkeys (arriving in June)
  • Miniature Sicilian Donkeys
  • Draft Horse