During our open times, our largest need for volunteers is in the animal enclosures. These volunteers manage the gates in the animal pens, as well as provide information to the public about the animals and ensure the safety of both the animals and the public. Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with the public and animals. We have many species of animals including: chickens, pigs, goats, cows, sheep, donkeys, ponies, ducks, geese and rabbits. There is no minimum volunteer requirement. We also have volunteer tour guide opportunities available. Please inquire about that! At the present time, all volunteers in the animal pens will be required to wear masks, encouraged to practice social distancing, and sanitize hands frequently. Currently, volunteer opportunities are available Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am-4pm. We also have volunteer opportunities on Columbus Day, October 12th from 10am-4pm. Typically on those days I split shifts into 3 hour shifts of either 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm, however you are certainly welcome to stay the whole day. and we would definitely appreciate that!
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About The Children's Farm at The Center
12700 Southwest Hwy., Palos Park, IL 60464, US
The Center’s mission is to give people of all faiths, backgrounds, and ages the space to dream, grow, and become fully alive--physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Our goal is to connect people, animals and nature.
The Children's Farm at The Center offers a rare and wonderful learning place where kids experience farm animals of all types, how they live, what they eat, how they feel and sound. Here, chickens lay eggs, sheep grow wool, cows give milk and horses eat hay harvested right from our fields. At the same time, children see crops grow and begin to understand the importance of farms and farmers to their own survival. Imagine - milk doesn’t have its origins in a cardboard or plastic carton! We offer a host of enriching farm programs, where children can handle the animals and experience the life of the farm.