Variety of farm animals in front of white background

We are thrilled to announce a new series of opportunities open only to families of students with disabilities. We strive to make our site and programs more accessible to all visitors. Animals for All has been made possible by funding from Abilis and the Dorr Foundation.

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Heckscher Farm Open Evenings

SEPTEMBER: Monday, September 13; Tuesday, September 21; Wednesday, September 29 (6:00-7:00pm)
OCTOBER: Wednesday, October 13 (5:30-6:30pm)

These open farm evenings are designed for kids, adults, and families for whom traditional program environments may not work best but still would like an after-hours experience! Join us for an “open farm” evening and move throughout the farm at your own pace and in an order of your own design. Small, controlled attendance provides a relaxed, sensory-friendly atmosphere. Heckscher Farm and our restroom facilities are fully-accessible. Staff will be on hand for questions but will not be providing a formal program. Limited to 30 tickets. All ages welcome. Service dogs are welcome but we ask that emotional support animals remain at home.

This program is provided free of charge due to the generosity of our grant partners.

Caring for Critters

SEPTEMBER: Thursday, September 9; Tuesday, September 14; Wednesday, September 22 (3:30-4:15pm)
OCTOBER: Thursday, October 7; Tuesday, October 12; Monday, October 18 (3:30-4:15pm)
NOVEMBER: Thursday, November 4 (3:30-4:15pm)

This new program provides a chance for hands-on work with our Heckscher Farm animals for students with disabilities for whom our Junior Curator program environment may not be as sucessful. The small group allows for a great experience at each participant's pace and comfort-level. Limited to 3 participants.

Caring for Critters will take a hiatus for the winter but will resume in the spring!

This program is provided free of charge due to the generosity of our grant partners.

Registration for fall sessions (October-December) opens 9/27 for Members 10/4 for Non-Members

Row of five common small domestic pets sitting together over white - bird, ferret, bunny, guinea pig and iguana lizard