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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.

Contact

(512) 272-4418
info@crowesnestfarm.org

Location

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 hundreds of domestic farm animals and a wide, ever-growing array of Texas wildlife, gardens, and educational exhibits. The farm hosts over 40,000 children for school field trips each year and frequently holds other special, family-oriented events.

Crowe's Nest Farm is funded by visitor admissions 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.

Click HERE to view our new Animal and Garden Sponsorship Program!

Click HERE to register as a volunteer!

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 trail with trickling stream, and gardens
  • Picnic area with large pavilion, and shady trees

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!

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What's an Animal Life Center?

Crowe's Nest Farm is extremely proud to be one of the few organizations in the State that takes in, cares for, and provides a home for injured, abused, neglected, and unwanted animals and Texas wildlife. In fact, almost all of the animals at Crowe's Nest Farm are rescues! Our mission is in providing these unreleasable animals with the best life possible, while utilizing them to teach the public about conservation, preservation, and the importance of wise animal stewardship.

Click HERE to view our new Animal and Garden Sponsorship Program!

Click HERE to register as a volunteer!

Book a Tour With Us!

---> Click here to view our summer tour schedule! <---

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 July). Saturday tours at 11:00 are also available during these seasons for groups of 20 people or more. Individuals, families, and groups under 10 people are always welcome to join a pre-scheduled tour on weekdays. Please check our Facebook page for a current list of events and tour schedules.

Admission is $7 for adults (13+), $6 for children (3-12), & $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

Click HERE to book a tour!

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Special Events 

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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 $225 for up to 30 guests for 3 hours. Additional guests can be added at our Group Tour admission rates.

Please email info@crowesnestfarm.org 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, bread, and hand-crafted gifts. Check our "News" section in the Fall or Like us on Facebook to get the latest details.

 

Share Your Fun With Us! 

We love seeing how much fun you had at the farm! Please check in on our Facebook page and share you pictures with us! Who knows, maybe you'll end up on the website too!

Resources

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.

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Our Founders

Crowe's Nest Farm was started by a determined life-long public educator with a passion for children and life sciences. Dr. Diane Crowe began Crowe's Nest Farm as a result of a growing collection of animals and gardens at her schools.

Executive Director, Farmer Dave Williams, has helped bring Dr. Crowe's dreams to fruition over the years. Dave graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and is known as a "Jack of All Trades" to his friends and family. Farmer Dave has been with Crowe's Nest since it's creation in 1983 and has championed the growth of the farm's educational outreach in multiple fields. His passion and drive to succeed have brought the farm from it's humble beginnings to the 21st century.

Become a Supporter

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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.

Click HERE to view our new Animal and Garden Sponsorship Program!

Click HERE to register as a volunteer!

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.


CORPORATE SPONSORS

Crowes Nest Farm receives no federal, state, or local government funding. Without grants and support from our corporate sponsors, partners, and individuals, Crowe's Nest Farm could not grow and accommodate the volume of students and families that it does today! Thank you to Bluebonnet Electric, Elgin General Store, Icy Hot Heating & Air Conditioning, Brookfield Residential, and many others for your continued support!

 
 Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative

 Elgin General Store

Elgin General Store

 Brookfield Residential Services

Brookfield Residential Services

 Icy Hot Heating &amp; A/C

Icy Hot Heating & A/C

News


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.


 

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10/12/2018

Hey, farm friends. We are sad to announce that due to the horrible weather forecasted for tomorrow, we will have to strip down our offerings for tomorrow's Fall Fest.

In order to not too severely disappoint those of you planning to come out despite the rain, we will still be open from 11:00AM - 5:00PM and offer our core attractions for reduced admission prices (see below). Last week's attendance was quite dismal due to the weather then, and we cannot afford to offer all the attractions again this week with prospects looking even worse.

We hope the weather will be better on the 20th and 27th.

Updated prices for this Saturday (10/13):
- All adults (13+): $8
- Children, 3-12: $6
- 2 year-olds: $3
- Under 2 years old = FREE

Click here for the updated schedule for tomorrow’s Fall Fest.


10/1/2018

Hey, Farm Friends! We hope you'll join us for our annual Fall Family Fun Festivals,
October 6, 13, 20, & 27,
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


6/1/2018

Now that school is out, come visit the farm! Due to heat, summer tours start at 10:00AM and the farm closes at 1:00PM. For a list of all summer tours, please click HERE.


5/4/2018

Hi Farm Friends! Due to flooding, we have to cancel our school tours on May 4th and our family tour day on May 5th. Please come see us for a fun visit on May 12th at 11:00 AM, May 26th at 11:00 AM, Memorial Day - May 28th at 10:00 AM, and June 2nd at 11:00 AM. We will start promptly on time, so get here early to check in!


3/13/2018

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!


3/12/2018

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


9/23/2017

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


7/8/2017

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.


6/2/2017

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


2/26/2017

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.


1/18/2017

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.

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