Kiddie Days Set at West Virginia University

Thousands of area kids will experience firsts such as seeing a cow up close or hearing the “baa” of a sheep in person when West Virginia University’s Animal Sciences Farm hosts Kiddie Days April 25-27.

Hosted by the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, the event allows kids and adults in the region not only to see animals, but also learn more about farming and the origins of the food on their tables.

“We will plan to have chickens with eggs hatching, and mothers with young sheep, swine, dairy and beef cattle,” said Ben Walsh, director of the farm. “Our farm personnel, students and faculty will be on hand during this period to lead the tours, answer questions, and provide assistance as needed.”

Tours will run each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a small admission fee.

To schedule a tour for a group of 10 or more, call 304-293-2631 between 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1-4 p.m. on weekdays to make a reservation. Individuals or small groups do not need to make reservations in advance.

The farm is located on Stewartstown Road, east of the intersection with West Run Road.

“Biosecurity measures are very important and we are asking for visitors’ cooperation to maintain animal and human health standards,” Walsh said. “We are asking anyone, including chaperones, children, parents or other companions, who has traveled abroad in the last 10-14 days to please not accompany your group to the farm. We will have hand-sanitizing solution stations placed along the tour, and we ask that visitors use them before leaving the farm.”

Those needing a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event should call Denise Hunnell in the Davis College’s Office of the Dean at 304-293-2383, or email to