The Farmyard opened for the 2021 season on Saturday, April 3. It was a beautiful weekend to welcome guests back to visit over 300 animals, including several baby goats and lambs who recently joined the Lambs Farm family.
Guests can now support their favorite new and old Farmyard friends with our sponsorship program. A one-time contribution provides necessary support for animals that call Lambs Farm home and will help cover the cost of food, veterinary care and enrichment during the 2021 season. Sponsorship levels vary by animal and range from $10 to $200 and include benefits. Sponsorships can be purchased online at www.lambsfarm.org or at the Farmyard.
We continue to require guests to book their visits online using our reservation system for family visits, in-person field trips and birthday parties. This method continues to help staff safely manage crowds as we remain in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. As the season goes on, we will reassess COVID-19 guidelines to determine when we will be able to open our mini train and carousel and increase capacity limits.
In the meantime, we are still offering virtual field trips through our Meet the Herd service which is available on our website. Teachers can create their own customizable educational experience with the help of our knowledgeable Animal Keepers.
Guests can also sign up for our summer Yoga on the Farm classes with Blue Sky Yoga on June 23, July 21 and August 18. Goats, chickens, tortoises, sheep and pigs will join you in our large pasture where there is plenty of room for social distancing.