"A Special Place for Children"
Crowe's Nest Farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to fostering public appreciation, knowledge, and wise stewardship of the agricultural and wildlife resources of Texas.
Licensed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Crowe's Nest Farm works with local organizations such as Wildlife Rescue, Inc, the Travis County Sheriff's livestock division, and local humane societies by taking in injured, orphaned, and other non-releasable animals for care and sanctuary.
10300 Taylor Lane
Manor, TX, 78653
Available Tour Times
(by appointment only)
M-F: 9:00, 10:00, 11:30
Located in Manor, TX, just east of Austin, Crowe's Nest Farm is a 100-acre working farm filled with over 250 domestic farm animals and a wide, ever-growing array of Texas wildlife, gardens, and educational exhibits. The farm hosts over 30,000 children for school field trips each year and frequently holds other special, family-oriented events.
Crowe's Nest Farm is funded by visitors and donations. If you'd like to contribute to our educational and wildlife sanctuary efforts, please consider making a one-time donation or signing up for one of our Support Plans. All donations are tax-deductible.
At the farm you will find...
- Hundreds of domestic farm animals
- Rescued and rehabilitated Texas wildlife
- The Big Red Barn, which includes:
- educational exhibits on farming and agriculture
- live reptiles, salamanders, frogs, and toads
- and our newly-improved gift shop
- Dairy barn with working milking machine
- Hay rides to the bison and ostrich pastures
- 35 uniquely themed gardens
- Organic vegetable gardens
- Insect and Arachnid House
- Seasonal butterfly house with garden and waterfall
- The Faieriewood trail and gardens
- Picnic area with large pavilion, shady trees, and snack bar
Just watch our Welcome Video to have a look!
Book a tour for your class, group, or whole school!
Crowe's Nest Farm conducts group tours by appointment only. These tours can be scheduled for 9:00, 10:00, or 11:30, Monday through Friday, during the primary field trip seasons of the school year (mid-September through mid-December and early March through late June). Saturday tours at 11:30 are also available during these seasons and throughout the summer for groups of 20 people or more. Individuals, families, and groups under 10 people are always welcome to join a previously scheduled tour.
Admission is $6 for everyone 3+ and $3 for 2-year-olds. Children under 2 years old and full-time school staff (e.g. teachers and bus drivers) are free.
Enjoy learning from our wonderful tour guides, and then explore the rest of the farm at your own pace.
- Guided Tour (45-60 minutes)
- The Big Red Barn - Orientation & Exhibits
- The Dairy Barn - Cow Milking Demo & Dairy Lesson
- Hayride Time! - See American Bison & Ostriches!
- Self-Guided Tour (up to 60 minutes)
- Take your time wandering our trails and checking out all of our animals, gardens, and exhibits
- Enjoy lunch or snacks at our picnic area
Book a private event for celebration, team-building, community impact, or just for fun!
Crowe's Nest Farm regularly hosts birthday parties for children of all ages, corporate team-building events, and community organization functions, such as HOA and Lions Club meetings.
Our birthday party package includes the standard tour (see "Group Tours" section), plus a hands-on snake and reptile lesson, a free Crowe's Nest Farm T-shirt for the birthday kiddo, and the pavilion reserved just for your party.
Our booking fee for all private events is $200 for up to 30 guests for 3 hours. Additional guests can be added at our Group Tour admission rates.
Fall Family Fun Days!
Every October, Crowe's Nest Farm hosts Saturday Fall Festivals that are open to the general public. It's the most beautiful time of year to visit the farm and take part in all the regular Group Tour activities, plus experience many added attractions like raptor shows, snake shows, sheep shearing, corn shucking, apple cider making, live music, and lots of local vendors selling everything from fresh organic produce, eggs, honey, jam, and bread, to hand-crafted knittings and leather-work. Check our "News" section in the Fall or just Like our Facebook page to get the latest details.
Utilize our teacher workshops and other educational resources to help enrich students' learning.
Teachers are critically important advocates of the life sciences. At Crowe's Nest Farm, we work hard to help teachers enhance their students' understanding and appreciation of agriculture and wildlife. Beyond our everyday educational activities at the farm, we provide workshops and in-service programs covering basic agriculture, livestock husbandry and products, Texas-native wildlife, and injured wildlife rehabilitation. We also facilitate school garden programs and classroom incubation programs with fertilized chicken eggs.
All of Crowe's Nest Farm's educational activities operate under the direction of Dr. Diane Crowe, who has over 40 years' experience as an educator, 27 of which as an elementary school principal. She is an international speaker for the National Science Teachers Association of America and recipient of numerous awards, including:
- Austin Humane Society's
"Humanitarian of the Year"
- Texas Land Commission's
"Environmental Education Award"
- Science Teachers Association of Texas'
"Distinguished Leadership Award in Science Education"
Contact us to set up a workshop or an educational consultation.
Subscribe to the Crowe's Nest Farm Newsletter to get updates about new animals and exhibits on the farm, upcoming special events, educational resources, and opportunities for YOU to get involved in furthering life-science education and animal rehabilitation and sanctuary.
We would love for you to be a part of our growing community of nature-enthusiasts and supporters of life-science education.
The Spring tour season is upon us! Our first official tour day of the season is Wednesday, March 1!
We would also like to announce the dates of this season's Family Days (open to the public):
March 11 & 25
April 1, 8, & 22
May 6, 20, 27, & 29 (Memorial Day)
Family Day tours all start promptly at 11:00 a.m. The farm closes at 2:00 p.m.
As most years, the farm is closed for repairs and new construction between Christmas and March 1.
If you would like to help Crowe's Nest Farm work toward their goal of eventually being open to the public daily during regular business hours, please consider making a one-time donation or signing up for one of our Support Plans. All donations are tax-deductible.
Hey again, everyone! Check out our flyer for this year's Fall Family Fun Days!
Hey farm friends! We're happy to announce that we're having FOUR Fall Family Fun Days this year: October 8, 15, 22, & 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.! There will be lots of local vendors selling everything from fresh organic produce, eggs, honey, jam, and bread, to a variety of hand-made crafts, plus lots of special events, like raptor shows, snake lessons, a corn and potato cannon booth, and much more! Mark your calendars so you don't miss out on all the fun!
Howdy farm friends! If any of you happened to notice that our new website looked a little wonky on mobile displays, we're happy to say we've gotten that resolved. Everything should now display as optimally as possible. Thanks!
Welcome to our new website! We're very excited about our new design and features! We hope you've already had a look around and enjoyed yourself!
Here in the News section, you'll find postings about upcoming special events, contests, fundraisers, new farm animals and exhibits, and much more! New posts will appear at the top of the News section, and old posts will move down as more appear. Stay tuned!
Please be sure to also "Like" us on Facebook and Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We hope to see you at the farm soon!
Become a Supporter
Partner with us in fostering public appreciation, knowledge, and wise stewardship of the agricultural and wildlife resources of Texas.
Crowe's Nest Farm exists because of the generous support of people like you. We hope you share our passion for helping children understand and appreciate where their food comes from, and for instilling in them respect for our natural resources and wildlife. If so, please consider partnering with us through a monthly pledge or by making a one-time tax-deductible donation.
Make a One-Time Donation:
Check out our Support Plans (with perks!):
$5 per month
YOUR name in the Bronze section of our Supporters Wall + CNF fridge magnet & bumper sticker upon signup & each annual renewal
$10 per month
YOUR name in the Silver section of our Supporters Wall + CNF T-shirt, hat, fridge magnet & bumper sticker upon signup & each annual renewal
$20 per month
YOUR name in the Gold section of our Supporters Wall + CNF T-shirt, hat, fridge magnet & bumper sticker upon signup & each annual renewal + Gold Pass (personalized CNF ID card allowing you & 1 guest per tour free entry to all scheduled tours & public special events)
$35 per month
YOUR name in the Platinum section of our Supporters Wall + CNF T-shirt, hat, fridge magnet, bumper sticker, mug, pen, & pencils upon signup & each annual renewal + Platinum Pass (personalized CNF ID card allowing you & up to 3 guests per tour free entry to all scheduled tours & public special events)
$50 per month
YOUR name in the Diamond section of our Supporters Wall + CNF T-shirt, hat, fridge magnet, bumper sticker, mug, pen, & pencils upon signup & each annual renewal + Diamond Pass (personalized CNF ID card allowing you & up to 7 guests per visit free entry to all scheduled tours & public special events + 1 free beverage per guest each visit)
$100 per month
YOUR name in the Philanthropist section at the top of our Supporters Wall + CNF T-shirt, hat, fridge magnet, bumper sticker, mug, pen, & pencils upon signup & each annual renewal + Diamond Pass (personalized CNF ID card allowing you & up to 7 guests per visit free entry to all scheduled tours & public special events + 1 free beverage per guest each visit) + 1 private 4-hour special event per year for up to 40 people
All support plans are tax deductible, and all monthly supporters will receive an annual receipt for their contributions. Our Supporters Wall is updated at least once per week. Please allow 6-10 days for processing and shipping of reward items. Thank you for considering partnering with us in our educational and conservation endeavors.
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