Visiting the Sanctuary
Due to our small staff size and out of respect for the animals (who can become over stressed as a result of previous abuse and trauma), the Sanctuary is not open daily to the public.
We usually hold a tour/open house at least once a month. Visitors age 6 and above are welcome to visit the Sanctuary. All minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please sign up for one of our upcoming Volunteer Orientations (typically the first Sunday of each month.) Volunteers must be age 13 and above. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of their visit.
School and community groups for those aged 6 and above are welcome to schedule a visit with the rescued animals. Tours will be tailored for the specific age groups and last approximately one hour. Minors must have a parent or guardian on the premises for the duration of their visit. Please make reservations well in advance.
Tours for Individuals or Families
Individuals or small family groups are welcome to tour the Sanctuary during our designated public events. Please visit our Private Events page if you are interested in scheduling a private tour or private event at the Sanctuary. Due to our small staff and out of respect for the animals who can become over stressed due to previous abuse and trauma, the Sanctuary is not open daily to the public.
Visiting Your Sponsored Animals
Individuals who are sponsors of an individual or several animals are welcome to schedule a visit with their animal(s)! Please call or email us to schedule your reservation well in advance. Minors must have a parent or guardian on the premises for the duration of their visit.
What To Expect
Peaceful Fields Sanctuary is home to over 70 animals, including chickens, turkeys, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys, cattle, and many other animals, including free ranging wildlife. During the tour we will walk around to the different barns and yards, meet many of the animals, and hear the stories of where they came from. Every animal has a name, a story, and their own unique personality and preferences. Just like us humans, many are very friendly and sociable, but some prefer to keep their distance. We will teach you how to read the farmed animal’s communication signals so you will be able to interact with the animals who are friendly. During the tour you will be able to pet many of the residents, give them belly rubs, and take pictures. Visitors are welcome to bring fresh vegetables as snacks the animals, and we will direct you as to which vegetables are safe to eat for what species.
Tours last approximately one hour, but may be longer depending on the size of the group. Please note there is only one bathroom available. A hand washing station is available that visitors are welcome to use after the tour.
We have a small gift shop you are welcome to browse before or after the tour, with t-shirts, stickers, and other items that we sell to benefit the rescued animals. We accept cash, check, and credit cards for gift shop purchases and donations.
What to Bring and What to Wear
Peaceful Fields is a 13-acre sanctuary with no paved roads or sidewalks. Our main chicken yard is wheelchair accessible on the grass and gravel. The rest of the Sanctuary, particularly access to the Pygmy Goat and Big Goat yards, has some hills and sharp lips that will need to be navigated.
We recommend wearing clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty as the paths, barns, and animals, can sometimes be muddy or dusty depending on the weather. Closed toed shoes are mandatory; sandals and flip flops are not permitted. Many visitors have kept a pair of clean shoes in their car to change into at the end. We may be walking through tall grass to see some of the animals that may have wandered from the main areas, so we recommend rain or mud boots, particularly if it has recently rained.
Our tours run rain or shine! If it is actively raining, we recommend wearing raincoats as it will be easier to navigate through the property and some of the animals may be afraid of umbrellas. The tour is held entirely outdoors. You should dress appropriately for the weather, and wear shoes suitable for walking through grass. If it is a hot day, you may want to wear sunscreen and bring water with you on the tour.
Cameras are welcome, and there will be many wonderful photo opportunities on your tour. Make sure to tag us when you share your pictures!