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"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.


(512) 272-4418


10300 Taylor Lane
Manor, TX, 78653

Available Tour Times
(by appointment only)

M-F:  9:00, 10:00, 11:30
Sat:  11:00
Sun: closed

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
    • Gift shop with animal related books, stuffed animals, and more
  • 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
  • The Faieriewood with trails, trickling streams, and gardens
  • Picnic area with large pavilion, shady trees, and snack bar

Just watch our Welcome Video to have a look!

This is the welcome video we play during orientation for all visitors of Crowe's Nest Farm. Come visit us so you can meet our farmers and all our critters in person! ...and check out our YouTube channel for more fun farm films!

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 - Friday, during the primary field trip seasons of the school year (mid-September through mid-December and March through June). Saturday tours at 11:00 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 pre-scheduled tour. Please check our Facebook page for a current list of events and tour schedules.

Admission is $7 for adults (17+), $6 for children (3-16), & $3 for 2-year-olds. Children under 2 & full-time school staff (e.g. teachers & bus drivers) are free.

Tour Structure

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
    • 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!

Crowe's Nest Farm regularly hosts birthday parties for children of all ages, church and company functions, family reunions, and other private events.

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.

Please contact us via phone or email to book your event.

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 Like us on Facebook to get the latest details.

Utilize our teacher workshops and other educational resources to help enrich student 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.


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:


All donations are tax deductible, and all monthly supporters will receive an annual receipt for their contributions. Thank you for partnering with us in our educational and conservation endeavors.

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The Crowes Nest Farm animal and garden sponsorship program has been created to help give our animals and facilities the best care possible! This program is designed to engage our most loyal fans and educate the public about what it takes to properly care for farm animals and Texas wildlife.

We will be creating a page on our website to itemize all of the animals and gardens that can be sponsored, and the annual cost for each. Sponsorships may be funded in part or in whole, with whole sponsorships displaying a sign with the sponsoring entity or family name on the enclosure.

Please consider sponsoring an animal or garden at Crowes Nest Farm this year! All sponsorships are tax-deductible and significantly aid in providing proper veterinary care, diet, and habitat maintenance for all of our wonderful animals.

More info to come!


Good Monday Morning Farm Friends! The farm had it's first tours of the year last week and it could not have been more fun! We are happy to announce Family Tour Days on all of the saturdays listed below. Additionally, we will be closed for most of Spring break, with the exception of Wednesday 3/14 and Friday 3/16. These tours will start at 10:00AM Sharp! Please tell everyone you know to join us for hayrides, milking demonstrations, tons of baby animals, and much more! Saturday Family Tour Days will start at 11:00AM sharp!

March - 3/17, 3/24, and 3/31
April - 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, and 4/28
May - 5/5, 5/12, and 5/26


Hey, Farm Friends! We hope you'll join us for our annual Fall Family Fun Festivals,
October 7, 14, 21, & 28,
from 11AM to 5PM!

Enjoy everything listed on the flyer and MORE! Full schedules for each date coming soon!

Click on the link below or the picture of our flyer to access our event page on Facebook. Please RSVP and share the event with your friends! We hope to see you there!

Event Page


Hey, farm friends! If you'd like to visit the farm again this summer, mark your calendars with these important dates! These are the LAST TOURS of the Summer!

July 11, 18, 19, 20, & 21, all beginning at 10:00 AM sharp.

No reservations are needed. Just arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour you'd like to join.

As most years, the farm will be closed in August & September due to the heat and annual maintenance/repairs. We will re-open October 1.

If you would like to help Crowe's Nest Farm work toward our 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.


Summer Family Days:
We schedule Saturday tours open to the public whenever possible.
See our Facebook page for dates and times.


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 our 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.