Well, I know it’s been a while since I have done a blog post. But, I am finally back from my long hiatus, and wanted to update you on the improvements we have made to our farmyard. One of the last posts I did was about remodeling our education holding room, but we were also improving the outside areas at the same time.
Although it’s not completed yet, all of the farmyard barns are being re-painted (in the same color as before, but a fresh coat of paint can make a lot of difference!). We also put signs at all of the exhibits to give our visitors information about the animals. Along with signs at the exhibits, we added two “Notes From The Keepers” chalk boards that are hung up on the walls of the donkey and steer barn. These chalk boards allow the keepers to leave notes for the visitors about what is going on with the animals on any given day. We put new information on these boards regularly to keep everyone informed about a sick animal or other interesting facts.
Next, we extended our sheep and donkey exhibit yards to give them more space, along with natural shade by including some trees in the extensions. Finally, we did new landscaping around the visitor areas of the farmyard. This is probably the biggest and most noticeable change. The new landscaping definitely adds more color to the farmyard, and gives it a “softer” look. I have heard good things from the visitors about the landscaping in particular! Lastly, we installed some hand sanitizers on a couple of barn walls.
This is the view of the farmyard when you first walk in. As you can see, there’s a lot of greenery to greet you!
This is a photo of the side of the donkey barn. Notice the chalk board on the wall, along with the hand sanitizer hanging to the left of the chalk board. (Take a look at the barn in the last photo and compare it to the donkey barn. The barn in the last photo has already been painted, so it’s a little darker than the donkey barn.)
This is a look at the new extension in the sheep yard from inside their exhibit yard.
And this is a photo of one of the new signs.
Come take a look at all of the improvements the next time you’re here and tell us what you think. They look even better in person!