Discover Austin: Crowe's Nest Farm

A visit to Crowe’s Nest Farm is a fabulous ​opportunity to see not just native Texas wildlife, but also over 250 farm animals and so much more! If you'd prefer to read about Crowe's Nest Farm, the video transcript can be found below.

There’s an animal rescue sanctuary and working farm not far from the city.  We’re going to visit Crowe’s Nest Farm on this episode of Discover Austin.

I’m Craig Smyser with 1835 Realty.  Crowe’s Nest Farm is a fabulous place to see not just native Texas wildlife, but also over 250 farm animals.  But the key component is education, especially for children.  Founded by two educators in 1983, Crowe’s Nest Farm’s goal is to foster an appreciation and knowledge of the wildlife and agricultural resources of Texas.

The Big Red Barn draws your eye as soon as you arrive.  Most visits start and end here with the ticket booth, a gift shop, and a briefing room for tours.  There’s also a reptile room.

Throughout Crowe’s Nest Farm you’ll find a wide variety of animals.  Miniature ponies, chickens, goats, pigs, turkeys, geese, owls, llamas, ostriches, bison, longhorns, and many others that are simply too numerous to mention.

Looking to learn about cows?  Well head to the dairy barn and even watch a cow-milking demonstration.

Several times a day there’s a hayride that takes visitors out to see the bison.  While millions of bison once roamed the American Midwest, there aren’t too many places around Austin to see one.

As you roam the grounds, there are a host of flower, vegetable, and herb gardens.  Many are whimsically themed to children’s stories.  Trails criss-cross the property giving a nice opportunity to leisurely stroll through the farm.

Crowe’s Nest Farm is one of the few organizations that take in orphaned, injured, abused, neglected, and unwanted domestic livestock and non-releasable Texas wildlife. 

The farm opened in 1983.  In 1998, it moved to its current location on Taylor Lane in Manor after receiving a donation of 100 acres of land.

Each year, over 40,000 students from Central Texas visit Crowe’s Nest Farm on field trips.  But it’s open to the public so feel free to stop in.  Check the website for current details, but they’re generally open Tuesday through Saturday, but are closed at some points during the year.  Private tours are available for groups of at least 15.  You can also have larger private events such as birthday parties, family reunions, and company get-togethers.  While there are some snacks available on-site, it’s a good idea to bring lunch along with you.

Crowe’s Nest Farm is a fun and educational way to spend some time, so plan a visit or field trip soon.  I’m Craig Smyser with 1835 Realty.  Thanks for joining me on this episode of Discover Austin.  And remember, when you’re ready to buy or sell a home, I’m ready to help.

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