CURRENT HOURS: Open for classes & special events only • Touring season resumes in May 2022

Fall Barnyard Readers

squashHarvest and Holidays

Experience fall and winter on the farm as you and your preschooler participate in a reading-based, activity-filled literacy program! Programs incorporate harvest and holiday traditions based around living on a farm in Iowa. Every program includes stories, hands-on activities, visits to a farm, and games.

Reminder!  Dress for the weather, as the program takes place both inside and outside.

Registration begins August 17, 2021.

Register for Fall Barnyard Readers


Schedule of Programs

kids with apples

Programs occur on Wednesdays in September-December from 9:30am-11:00am.

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 – Apples (Farm Visit: 1900)
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 – Pumpkins & Squash (Farm Visit: 1700 & 1850)
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 – Thanksgiving on the Farm (Farm Visit: 1900)
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 – Christmas on the Farm (Farm Visit: 1900)

Children must be accompanied by an adult. All adults and children are required to purchase a ticket. Before you register, please read the Barnyard Readers policies.


Registration Fees

Non-member: $14.00 per person, adult or child

Members: 15% discount



horse drawn wagon drops off visitors in the 1900 farm barnyard

Please arrive 5 minutes early so that the program may begin on time.

Check in at the Murray Conference Center
12234 Douglas Parkway, Urbandale

9:30 Begin with introductions & welcoming activity
9:45 Read stories
10:00 Travel to the Farm; tour and see the animals and/or buildings
10:30 Return to the conference center for craft and related activities
11:00 Depart




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