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Weekend Visiting Info

faq

Q: Do I need to make a reservation to visit?

A: No, we are open 11 – 4 weekends only.

Q: Does it cost anything?

A: We are a charity and admission is $10 adults, $5 kids/seniors. Toddlers and members are free.

Q: Do I have to go on the (free) tour?

A: It’s highly recommended but not mandatory. For your safety and the animals’ you will not be able to enter the pens and pastures without a guide. The admission price is the same regardless.

Q: How long are the tours?

A: They generally run about a hour and 20 minutes. If you have a squirming toddler we will not be offended if you need to depart.

Q: What do the tours consist of?

A:  You will be taken from species to species and enter the pastures and yards with the animals. We’ll tell their rescue stories and but also talk about the impacts of farming on their lives.

Q: Are the tours child-friendly, or do you have special kid tours?

A visit to the farm is appropriate for children. They will get to meet all sorts of animals, and many enjoy being touched or scratched. The sanctuary is an environment of respect and compassion and there are no graphic pictures. We do discuss in detail where these animals and those just like them originally came from, and we do not shy away from pointing out that a pig like Patsy would have been the source of bacon and ham.

Q: What if I miss the beginning of a tour?

A: You can wait for the next one, or catch it halfway and then the beginning of the next one.

Q: Where can I find directions?

A: We have excellent directions available on the far lefthand column of this page.

Q: Can I feed the animals?

A: Many of our animals are on special diets, so this can only be done if you’re on a tour or supervised by a staff member. Carrots and apples are universally popular. Never carry food in any area where there are large animals — they can smell it and may bum-rush you. Feeding over a fence is safer.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: No, that’s a bad idea. Read why.

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Tour Group

Every state seems to have a town named “Woodstock,” but we’re in Woodstock, NY—yes, the one where the famous music festival was supposed to (but didn’t) take place.  We’re about 2 hours north of NYC and an hour south of Albany.

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Hours

Visiting hours are on weekends only
11am to 4pm
April 5th – October 26th

That’s SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY 

(CLOSED WEEKDAYS, although Volunteers and B&B Guests are welcome year-round)

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Admission

Adults (age 12 & over) $10 
Kids/Seniors $5
Toddlers and Members Free

Admission includes a FREE guided tour
(weather permitting)

Tours start at 11:30  • 1:15  • 3:00*

*We strive to keep to this schedule but due to the unpredictable flow of people and weather, deviations happen. If you miss the start of a tour you can always join the next one so you don’t miss anybody!

Weather Forecast at the Sanctuary
Today Wednesday Thursday
It is forcast to be Chance of a Thunderstorm at 11:00 PM EDT on July 22, 2014
Chance of a Thunderstorm
82°/66°
It is forcast to be Chance of a Thunderstorm at 11:00 PM EDT on July 23, 2014
Chance of a Thunderstorm
79°/55°
It is forcast to be Partly Cloudy at 11:00 PM EDT on July 24, 2014
Partly Cloudy
70°/54°

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Click for Directions

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Get on the bus!

Buses now feature wifi!

The Trailways bus from Port Authority / NYC stops right on our corner (read important bus instructions here).

Use a GPS? Our physical address is 35 Van Wagner Road, Willow, NY 12495. But don’t use MapQuest or Google maps, they will send you a confusing way — instead use our better directions.

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Tours

1912293_10152316582580569_5077726243577073537_oTours are highly recommended but not mandatory. For your safety and the animals’ you will not be able to enter the pens and pastures without a tour guide. The admission price is the same regardless.

You will be taken from species to species and enter the pastures and yards with the animals. We’ll tell their rescue stories and but also talk about the impacts of farming on their lives. The language used and imagery are appropriate for most children.

They generally run about a hour and 20 minutes. If you have a squirming toddler we will not be offended if you need to depart early.

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Guidelines

Walter the GoatPlease observe all posted safety signs.  We have some free-roaming animals who are all friendly, but even the best-natured goat may be threatened by a toddler headed straight for her.  Please do not allow your children to interact with animals unsupervised, especially if they have horns.

shoesConsider your footwear before you come — if there’s been a lot of rain recently you may encounter some mud and flipflops are not a great choice.  Some people will bring extra “junky” shoes if they want to spend a lot of time with the animals.

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Make a weekend getaway out of it! Stay at The Guesthouse at Woodstock Sanctuary or any of a number of charming B&B’s and inns.  The Catskills area is a blast — hiking, kayaking, tubing, art & music are all close by. As long as you’re making the journey, why not bring some junky clothes and volunteer at the farm?

12582_10151173049746384_400485240_nWhen in town make sure to dine at the Garden Cafe, an all-vegan restaurant with outstanding veg chow. You can’t miss ‘em — they’re right smack in the middle of town on the opposite side of the central “green” in Woodstock where there are some benches and a flag. Other dining options here.

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Wheelchairs: We do have wheelchair-accessible parking and a restroom available, and most of the farm is reachable by wheelchair. However, be warned that the ground is quite rugged in spots and can be tough-going. We recommend 2 people per wheelchair to help navigate bumps. A neighbor has offered up her golf cart but we need several days notice.

mayA note about dogs: As much as we love pooches, please leave them at home! Even well-behaved dogs who are not accustomed to a farm can really scare the residents here. We have no shaded parking spots available, and dogs barking outside make our dogs go absolutely nutso.

Inclement Weather: The farm is open despite any weather (check it here), however at our discretion we may reduce the tours or stop them altogether if the weather is poor and/or lightning conditions exist.  Bad weather is taxing on our staff and may require them to spend more time tending to animals. If tours are suspended you may still walk around and view the animals at your own risk.  If there is any question please call ahead – 845-679-5955.