Remember the first time you saw a cow up close or heard the baa of a sheep in person?
Thousands of area kids will experience those firsts when
West Virginia University’s
Animal Sciences Farm hosts Kiddie Days April 25-27.
Hosted by the WVU
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design, the event allows
kids and adults in the region to not only see animals, but also learn more about
farming and where the food on their table comes from.
“We will plan to have chickens with eggs hatching, and mothers with young sheep,
swine, dairy and beef cattle,” said Ben Walsh, director of the farm. “Our farm
personnel, students and faculty will be on hand during this four-day period to
lead the tours, answer questions, and provide assistance as needed.”
Tours will run each day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. To schedule
a tour for a group of 10 or more, call 304-293-2631 between 8:30 a.m. and noon
and 1-4 p.m. on weekdays to make a reservation. Individuals or small groups do
not need to make reservations in advance. The farm is located on Stewartstown Road,
east of the intersection with West Run Road.
“Biosecurity measures are very important and we are asking for visitors’ cooperation
to maintain animal and human health standards,” Walsh said. “We are asking anyone,
including chaperones, children, parents or other companions, who has traveled abroad
in the last 10 to 14 days to please not accompany your group to the farm. We will
have hand sanitizing solution stations placed along the tour, and we ask that visitors
use them before leaving the farm.”
Persons needing a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event should
contact Denise Hunnell in the Davis College’s Office of the Dean at 304-293-2383
CONTACT: Lindsay Willey, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design