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A family-oriented science and cultural center
devoted to agriculture, farming and country life.

Open year-round
Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm



8800 Euclid Chardon Rd
Kirtland, OH 44094
440-256-2122 • 800-366-3276

Lon: 81° 19' 42.056" W
Lat: 41° 34' 50.837" N

Free days for Lake County residents: April 6, 15, May 4
(Valid ID required • No groups)

Photo by J Dell Photography

2014 Newborns

Lambs

January 20: Finn cross lamb
January 23: Quadruplet Finn cross
January 25: Twin Shropshire x Suffolk
January 27: Triplet Jacob x Ramboulliet
February 4: Twin Jacob X Navajo lambs
February 27: Triplet Border Liester cross
March 1: Twin Cheviot cross
March 13: Triplet Corriedale cross
March 13: Twin Jacob
March 13: Twin Tunis cross
March 14: Shropshire cross
March 15: Cheviot cross
March 17: Rambouliet cross
March 18 Twin Lincoln cross
March 22: Twin Lincoln cross
March 23: Twin Shropshire cross
March 27: Triplet Finn cross

Piglets

April 2: Chester White

Goats

March 8: Sanaan cross
March 13: Triplet Boer x Nubian

To see more pictures of our newborns, check out the 2014 Newborns at Farmpark board on PInterest.

Daily Activities

Escape to the country to discover where your food comes from!

Visitors to Lake Metroparks Farmpark can experience milking hands-on with our dairy cows. Machine-milking is also demonstrated. Learn how cheese is made and on weekends and during special events you even may help make ice cream the old-fashioned way! Discover pigs, sheep, chickens, rabbits and even a turkey In the Well Bred Shed.

Cow milking at Farmpark
Dairy Parlor


Well Bred Shed

Horse- or tractor-drawn wagon rides are the mode of transportation throughout the park. Meet dozens of breeds of livestock including llamas, alpacas, chickens, pigs and goats in the Barnyard.


Wagon rides

Barnyard

The arena is home to the horses at Farmpark. We have all sizes including draft horses, light horses and miniatures.

Explore the Plant Science Center which houses the Great Tomato Works hydroponic exhibit, and a greenhouse.


Arena

Hydroponics
Plant Science Center

Watch the border collie at Farmpark help to keep the sheep together as they move from one end of the field to the other in our sheep herding demonstrations (offered mid-April through mid-October, weather permitting).

The fleece from the sheep is used for its fibers to make sweaters, fiber-art, and other wearables. Watch the sheep be shorn and touch the fleece and feel the lanolin on your fingers during sheep shearing demonstrations (offered mid-May through Memorial Day).

Discover modern and antique tractors and farm equipment used on the farm in the Farm Technology building.


Sheep Herding
(Seasonal)


Farm Technology


Sheep Shearing
(Seasonal)

Harvest activities take place in Field Crop. Discover corn fields, wheat fields, and learn how apple cider is pressed and taste apple butter seasonally. See hands-on how the soil is tilled, wheat and corn fields are cared for and harvested by the the farmer.

Put your sense of direction to the test as you wind your way through a multitude of twists and turns through a three-acre corn maze. The maze is open daily mid-August through mid-October, weather and field conditions permitting.


Field Crop


Corn Maze


Woodland Center
Visit the Woodland Center for the history of maple sugaring and what it takes to produce maple syrup. Come see the sugar house in operation on weekends from middle of February through March.

Farmpark's own pure maple syrup is
available for sale in the Farmpark Gift Shop.

Visit the Farmpark Gift Shop for unique gift ideas. Enjoy lunch or a snack at the J&J Cafe at Farmpark.

Farmpark offers a unique setting for off-site business meetings, company picnics, weddings, and holiday parties. Contact Lake Metroparks Development & Corporate Services Department at 440-352-2913 for more information.

Due to the nature of the facility, no pets are allowed on Farmpark grounds

Lake Metroparks Farmpark - meet the horses - Photo by J Dell Photography
Hours

Farmpark is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm year-round

  • Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and
    New Year's Day.
  • Open Presidents' Day for Discovery Day, featuring special activities for children.

Special hours

  • Village Peddler Festival: Saturday 10 am to 6 pm • Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
  • Vintage Ohio: Friday and Saturday 1 to 10 pm

Admission

Farmpark admission applies to daily activities and daytime Farmpark special events

  • Ages 12 through 59: $6
  • Ages 60 and older: $5
  • Ages 2 through 11: $4
  • Children younger than 2: free
  • Farmpark members: free
  • Active U.S. military and family: free with military ID

Lake County resident free days:
First Sunday and third Tuesday of each month.

Special admission rates apply to Vintage Ohio and Village Peddler Festival.

Halloween Hayrides and Country Lights are evening events and require advance purchase of tickets.

Directions

8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt. 6)
Kirtland, OH 44094
440-256-2122 • 800-366-FARM
Located 25 miles east of Cleveland.

Take 1-90 to Rt. 306 (Mentor/Kirtland exit), south on Rt. 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt. 6), turn left (east), continue one mile, Farmpark is on the right.


Farmpark Membership

Lake Metroparks Farmpark memberships may be purchased, renewed, or upgraded online, in person during regular Farmpark hours, by mail, or by phone.

Memberships will not be sold or renewed during Vintage Ohio or Village Peddler.

Click here to order online.

Click here to learn more about membership benefits and categories.

Upcoming Events

Creative Artists Association Spring Art Show
March 31 through April 30, 2014
Tuesday through Sunday • 9 am to 5 pm

Enjoy the talents of eighteen artists in this 28-piece showcase of a variety of media including Watercolor, Pen and Ink, Oil and Acrylic, and Fiber Art.
Best of Show: Watercolor by Stan Klak entitled “Kissing Bridge”

Railroads in the Parks
May 3 & 4, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm

The Visitors Center will be filled with operating model train exhibits. Both HO and N-Scale modular layouts will be on display. Other featured exhibits include G-scale trains, Lionel O-gauge trains, Lego train layout, Farmpark’s G-scale Garden Railroad layout in the Courtyard and displays on agriculture and the railroad. Children may build a wooden train for an additional $2 fee. The wooden train interactive play area lets the youngest railroad enthusiasts play engineer.
Farmpark admission applies.

HorseFest 2014
May 17 & 18, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm

Discover the magical beauty of horses at this two-day equine extravaganza showcasing the versatility and history of the horse. Watch as many different breeds of horses participate in a variety of activities and demonstrations for all ages to enjoy. HorseFest features training techniques, riding disciplines and a variety of uses for these versatile animals. The event will include Mounted Unit team, driving breeds, dressage, exhibitors, children’s activities, pony rides ($4), and much more!
Farmpark admission applies

Shearing Weekend
May 24 & 25, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm

Join us as we shear our sheep of their winter coats and process it into a variety of fiber products. Learn how to spin and weave and make felt. Watch our Border collie in action herding sheep.
Farmpark admission applies.

Working Dog Weekend
June 7 & 8, 2014 • 10 am to 5 pm

Join us as canines of all shapes and sizes demonstrate the many ways they have assisted and entertained humans throughout the years. See demonstrations by Buckeye DockDogs, police canine units, the Skyhounds Frisbee dog demonstration and much more. Once you’ve seen the skill with which these canines work and play, kids (of all ages) can try their “paw” at guiding the blind or Flyball, Frisbee and agility.

Hey kids! Bring your favorite stuffed toy dog and march with it in the toy dog "parade of breeds." Take your favorite toy pooch to the “Working Dog Weekend Pet Hospital” for a check up. All kids may create a dog toy to take home. Meet the breeds, talk to handlers and trainers plus discover the many sports and activities you can enjoy with your four-legged friend.
Farmpark admission applies.


Celebrate National Ice Cream Month!
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
July 4 - 27 • Tuesday through Sunday
9 am to 5 pm

Help us make ice cream and meet our dairy cows. Kids will discover how the ingredients in ice cream come from the farm to you in the Factory of Frozen Fun.

Ice Cream Weekends
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
July 4 and every weekend in July
9 am to 5 pm

Try your hand at making ice cream and meet the dairy cows that produce milk and cream. Find out where your favorite ice cream flavor comes from. Discover how the ingredients in ice cream come from the farm to you in the Factory of Frozen Fun. Enjoy a scrumptious ice cream social and participate in old fashioned games, crafts, and more.
Farmpark admission applies.

Vintage Ohio
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
August 1 & 2, 2014
1:00 to 10 pm

More than 20 wineries offer samples at this festival of wine. Event also features arts and crafts, demonstrations, music, food, children’s entertainment/play area and a carryout store.
Special admission fee applies; tickets may be purchased in advance.
Call 1-800-227-6972 for ticket information.
Farmpark activities included with ticketed admission to Vintage Ohio.


Corn Maze

Lake Metroparks Farmpark
August 15 through October 19, 2014 • Tuesday through Sunday
Maze open 11 am to 4 pm
Farmpark admission applies.


Lake Metroparks Senior Day

Lake Metroparks Farmpark
September 10, 2014 • FREE Day for EVERYONE ages 55+ • 9 am to 1 pm

Lake Health will offer free health screening from 9 am to 1 pm. Screenings include blood pressure, body mass index, osteoporosis and cholesterol testing. Screenings available by registration only. To register, call Lake Health at 440-953-6000 or 800-454-9800. Event also features Lake County Probate Court presentations and a vendor showcase featuring products and services important to today’s seniors.

Senior Day admission: Lake County Residents and seniors 55+: Free w/ valid ID
Out of county visitors: $6; Youth 2 – 11, $4; younger than 2, Free;
Farmpark members, Free



Village Peddler Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014 • 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, September 14, 2014 • 10 am to 5 pm

Enjoy a fall afternoon in the country at this outdoor marketplace filled with more than 150 craftsmen, music and the aroma of food cooking outside. Also enjoy our harvest market of apples, jams, and jellies and our bulk foods country store.
Admission: $7; ages 60+, $6; Youth 2 – 11, $4; younger than 2, Free;
No discounts apply; Farmpark members, Free


Fall Harvest Weekends

Fall Harvest Antique Tractor Show
September 20 & 21, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm
Farmpark admission applies.

Fall Harvest Music Weekend
September 27 & 28, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm
Farmpark admission applies.

Fall Harvest Apple Butter Weekend 
October  4 & 5, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm
Farmpark admission applies.

Fall Harvest Corn & Pumpkin Weekends
October 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 2014 • 9 am to 5 pm 
Farmpark admission applies.

Halloween Hayrides
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2014
Ride times: 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 pm

Family-oriented fun. Rated PG-5 on the “scare meter.”
Halloween Hayrides feature a narrated hayride along a trail filled with family-oriented thrills, chills, and adventures. Encounter upside down skeletons, falling spiders, and a lagoon with a mysterious creature! Many “fright” sites will leave you with goose bumps or giggles!

After riding on the wagon, visitors continue their journey with a walk along a haunted trail through Festival Field. The ‘Evolution of Dance’ featuring the glowstick dancers is back again by popular demand! Dress for the weather -- rides go rain, snow or shine!

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Ticket sales for Lake County residents and Farmpark members begin September 2. Out of county residents may order beginning September 9.


Country Lights

Lake Metroparks Farmpark
November 28, 29, 30 and December 3 through 23, 2014 • 4:45 to 9 pm

Build a wooden toy in Santa’s Workshop, enjoy a wagon ride through thousands of lights; visit Santa in his sleigh, wander through model train and old fashioned toy displays; visit with Farmpark animals, and enjoy special presentations. Dinner and snacks available in the Café: no reservations required.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Ticket sales for Lake County residents and Farmpark members begin November 3. Out of county residents may order beginning November 16.

Back-a-Breed

Lake Metroparks Farmpark Back-a-BreedLake Metroparks Farmpark Back-a-Breed Program

Why become a Barnyard Parent?
By becoming a “Barnyard Parent,” you’re helping defray the cost of food, housing, care and medicine for animals at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. More importantly, you’re becoming a member of the animal care family.

Who becomes a Barnyard Parent?

KIDS • 4-H GROUPS • SCHOOL CLASSES GRANDPARENTS • CHURCHES • FAMILIES BOY SCOUTS • GIRL SCOUTS • ANYONE

Your sponsorship helps provide food and care for the animals. Click here for more information about Barnyard Parent sponsorship opportunities or call 440-256-2122 x3063 or 1-880-366-3276.
A portion of each sponsorship is tax deductible.

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