Volunteering at The Children’s Farm

The Children’s Farm is a large organization that has many different initiatives, programs, and special events. We are blessed with a dedicated volunteer workforce who helps us continue to serve our community. You can join our team today! We are always looking to add volunteers to our staff who are interested in supporting our programs and interacting with the public. There is no minimum time requirement for volunteering. Whether you want to volunteer one-time, or you want to volunteer weekly, we need your help.

Volunteers have the unique opportunity of working with many different species of animals including chickens, pigs, goats, cows, sheep, donkeys, ponies, ducks, geese and rabbits. 

There is no prior farm experience necessary. We offer volunteer training sessions regularly. The only qualifications for volunteering are a willingness to help, enjoyment of nature, people and of course, a smile. We also accept youth volunteers. Volunteers under the age of 13 years old are required to volunteer with an adult. We also offer Service Learning Hours for school.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all volunteers in the animal pens will be required to wear masks, encouraged to practice social distancing, and sanitize hands frequently. Additionally, masks are required for all guests over the age of 3 years old and are encouraged to be conscious of their space as they move throughout the farm.

Come Volunteer! We need you!

Questions? Contact Tara Garcia

About our Farm Education Program Manager: Tara Garcia

I was hired on as the Farm Education Program Manager in September of 2017. Prior to working at The Children’s Farm, I received my bachelors degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I have worked at other working farms, summer camp programs, veterinary hospitals, and dog boarding facilities. I have one dog, Precious (you might see her on the farm!), a cat, Nala, and 2 equines, Mac and Applejack (you’ll see them at the farm too!). I am responsible for helping with animal care, volunteer coordination, school tour groups, birthday parties, and Open Farm on the weekends. I am dedicated to providing a positive experience for all of those involved in the farm– whether it be volunteers or visitors. Everyone should be able to enjoy the wonder and happiness that these animals can provide for people.