Tilden Park's Little Farm & Environmental Education Center
At the Tilden Nature Area, a 740-acre preserve located just North of Tilden Park, you will find the renowned Environmental Education Center (EEC) along with the historic Little Farm. Here's a little bit about what you can discover!
Stanley the Farmer runs this historic model farm, located at the end of Tilden Park's Central Park Drive, that teaches children -- and adults -- about the food production chain. The Little Farm was built in 1955, and was, in fact, created to help urban and suburban kids understand more about breeding and raising livestock.
On the day of our visit, my daughter was delighted to see nine baby goats, several 12-day-old bunnies and some Welsh Black Mountain sheep, among other farm animals.
Kids are encouraged to pet the animals --goats, sheep, cows, rabbits, pigs, chickens and others. And if your kids want a little more interaction, bring along some food to feed the local farm life. (Pick up some celery or lettuce, because that's the only kind of food you will be able to give to the animals.)
The Little Farm (and Tilden Nature Area) is open daily -- please see their site for current hours.
the Environmental Education Center
Adjacent to the Little Farm is Tilden's contemporary Environmental Education Center (EEC), where you can participate in a variety of nature workshops, take an "underground" journey that reveals the story of the Wildcat Creek watershed and view microscopic pond life with easy-to-use microscopes in the interactive water discovery room. You can all learn about the wide variety of plants and animals in and around the park. (If you're interested, you can even download the Tilden Nature Area Bird List.)
The EEC is open Tuesday through Sunday and on Memorial Day and Labor day, but closed on Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Tilden used to offer pony rides, right next to the Little Farm and EEC, but this program has been discontinued.
More about the Little Farm & the Environmental Education Center
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