Some favorite things to do when you visit Doyle’s farm…
Enjoy a scenic country ride through our fields while spotting our farm animals going about their day along the way. Safety is our #1 concern, especially on the wagons! So, we make sure all teachers, parents and guardians are aware of our safety procedures. We ask that they participate in the fun by joining on the ride and keeping a close eye on their children. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time!
Meeting the animals
Meet many of our friendly animals on the farm! We ask the children to point out the difference in each breed of animal we have including our cows, goats, sheep, bunnies, chicken, pigs, and donkeys. We educate visitors on these breeds to understand why a farm might choose to have a certain breed over another. Along with many other fun facts about each animal and their purpose on our farm.
Not only will we demonstrate for you how to milk a goat, but we will give each visitor the opportunity to try it themselves. We first show the technique for milking then give you the chance to be a farmer for the day.
Our tours are all presented in a way that you can learn about the daily life on our farm, and try it out too. Every one learns how the hens cage works and how the farmer would collect the eggs they lay. We even let the children collect their own egg to put in our collecting basket, as if they were a farmer!
For younger visitors, there is a maze designed specifically for their height. They have fun trying to navigate their way through, as parents, guardians and teachers cheer them on.
Hand feeding sheep & goats
Who wouldn’t want to feed our friendly farm animals? We give everyone on our tour handfuls of sheep and goat feed to walk over to the sheep and goats as they eat right from the palm of your hand.
Exclusive Spring Activities:
During the tours, you get the unique opportunity to see our professional shearer demonstrate how the sheep’s fur gets sheared off. This is a favorite among many of all ages, because it is both fun and very informative. We show you how and why we need to maintain our farm animals, even on their haircuts!
Bottle feeding baby goats
Meet our adorable kids (baby goats) and get the chance to feed them milk from a bottle. We use the milk we get from our adult milking goats and feed it back to the babies, so there is no waste.
Flowers are Quintessential to spring time, so we let everyone join in the gardening fun! Each Child gets to participate in planting at our farm, with the optional choice to take home planted seeds in a pot. It’s messy and fun for all!
Exclusive Fall Activities:
Not many have seen a working apple press before, but we have one and show you how to use it! We give a demonstration, then pass out a cup of apple cider to everyone for a little taste of autumn.
We love to be festive with the seasons, so we welcome our fall visitors to bring their own set of clothes to stuff with the provided straw and make their own scarecrow. Kids love this activity, even the very young ones. If your group is not old enough to make a scarecrow on their own, we recommend making one big scarecrow as a fun group activity.
Every visitor gets to go out to our field and pick their own pumpkin to take home with them. It’s a great decorative piece around the house for the fall time, or some even make a yummy dessert from it!