By Debbie Burke
Baby animals and old-time farm demonstrations will delight children and adults alike at the upcoming Farm Animal Frolic at Quiet Valley Farm in Stroudsburg. Now in its 29th year, the farm is expecting new bunnies, chicks, piglets, baby goats, lambs, ducklings and at least one calf. “How many of each we will have is not up to me, it’s up to Mother Nature,” says Cheryl Statham, director of education and programs.
The event will also offer wagon rides, musical entertainment, reenactments, children’s games, crafts, hay jumps, and homemade, just-baked food.
Founded in 1963, Quiet Valley became a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the early 1970s. Each year, attendance at the Farm Animal Frolic varies (depending on the weather) from 2500-3500 visitors over both weekends. These numbers have been growing steadily over the last five years, notes Cheryl.
The farm hosts three major events each year: Farm Frolic, Harvest Festival and Old Time Christmas. This is in addition to the farm tours, which run from April to November. In addition, special weekend events during the summer and fall include Garden Party Day, Children’s Day, Music in the Valley and Spooky Days. During the winter, the Education Center runs special programs for groups with reservations.
In a sense, the farm is a living organism. “We are always busy, even if we don’t have visitors or school classes coming to see us,” Cheryl says. “There is always work to do.” Staff and volunteers pitch in year-round to take care of the animals, do the planting, weeding and harvesting, work on building maintenance and repairs, and practice old skills and learn new ones, as well as conduct historical research and train staff.
Quiet Valley Farm,
347 Quiet Valley Rd.,
Date & Time
Saturday, May 20 & May 27, 10am-4pm
Sunday, May 21 & May 28, 12pm-4pm
Children 3-12 $5
• Sheep shearing
• Yarn spinning
• Pony rides
• & More!
How to Help
Become a member or a volunteer, sponsor an animal, or give a donation. See “Join & Support” on their website at
Did You Know
As a “Farm Animal Friend” you can sponsor a particular animal such as a goat, turkey, duck, calf or horse!