Photo: Ag Field Day 2015. Credit: Brian Amaral
Photo: Ag Field Day 2015. Credit: Brian Amaral

Interested in learning more about farm animals or want your students to observe farm animals in their "home" environment?

The Department of Animal Sciences and the NJAES Animal Care Program have developed a Farm Tour Program aimed at guiding small groups (25 or so) of children and/or adults around the cattle, goat, horse, pig, and sheep facilities on Sheepfold Lane. This site is located off Route 1 on College Farm Road on the George H. Cook Campus at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

  • Learn more about the various farm animals you see here during an hour-long tour tailored to the age of the participants.
  • The tour guides are undergraduate students majoring in Animal Science.
  • There is a nominal fee for the tour that pays for the tour guides’ time and effort (e.g., $75 for a group of up to 25 children). Chaperones are welcome to accompany a school group at no extra cost.
  • Tours are available Monday through Friday during spring, summer, and fall months (April through October).

Some reminders:

  • This is a working farm. Please dress appropriately. For everyone’s safety, open-toed shoes, including sandals and flip-flops, are not allowed on any tour.
  • Food and drinks are prohibited on the tour.
  • Tours are age-appropriate. Although most groups typically include children in Kindergarten through Grade 2, our tour guides are very willing and able to adapt to upper elementary, middle school, or high school groups. Our farm environment could provide an excellent location for your students to observe animals, learn about their growth and nutrition, and other topics related to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
  • Groups of adults are also welcome to sign up for farm tours.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Joanne Powell (848-932-4059; If making a reservation, please provide the following:

  • Name of group (e.g., school, address, grade level)
  • Contact person’s name and two phone numbers, including cell phone
  • Preferred date of tour (and perhaps several alternate dates)
  • Number of individuals participating in tour (provide # of children and # of adult chaperones, if applicable)

Interested in becoming a farm tour guide? If you are a SEBS student with “on-the-farm” experience and would like to work as a tour guide, contact the Animal Care Program.