Throughout the year, we welcome community organizations, schools, non-profits, businesses, and all other groups of 10 or more on weekdays or weekends for special group tours.
On your tour, which lasts about 90 minutes, you will meet many rescued animals, hear their powerful rescue stories, explore the plight of animals exploited for food, and learn how you can help.
Nonprofit Organizations & School Groups
All Other Groups
- $10 per person
Enjoy lunch from a local business on Catskill grounds. Download a lunch menu flyer.
Bring the Sanctuary to You!
Can’t make it here – or do you want to add a deeper component to your group’s experience? Check out one of the outreach programs! The programs connect to Catskill’s values of kindness, compassion, and justice for all beings through a variety of topics. We’ll bring an engaging, interactive presentation that focuses on asking and answering questions to explore different issues that animal agriculture touches. By the end of the program, your group will have greatly expanded their knowledge of animals, practiced critical thinking, and know several ways to help animals in their own lives.
Information is presented through group discussions, primary and secondary sources, up-to-date scientific research, and – of course – plenty of photos and videos, including of our rescued residents.
And the programs are FREE! Locations greater than 30 minutes from the Sanctuary will be asked to cover mileage and tolls, but if your group is unable to do so, we will work with you to find a solution.
The programs also help support the New York State Humane Education Laws (S 809 and S 810) for elementary schools and are aligned with educational standards in English Language Arts, Science, Health, and Social Studies. Click here for more information about the standards.
Choose from one or more of the following:
Why Sanctuaries Rescue Animals: Grades 1-12
Explore the whats, whys, and hows of animal sanctuaries through Catskill’s mission and history. See what it takes to keep 300 animals happy and healthy every day of the year, and why we focus on rescuing pigs, cows, chickens, and other farmed animals. Grades 9 and up will also explore the variety of careers involved in keeping a sanctuary running smoothly.
Natural History of Farmed Animals: Pre-K to Grade 12
What actually goes on inside a cow, pig, or chicken? Learn about how their bodies work and compare them to our human body. Plus, consider their intellectual and emotional lives – what is really going on in their heads? Grades 6 and up will also examine the effects of artificial selection on domesticated animals and compare modern farm chickens and cows to wild ones.
Animal Agriculture Today: Grades 4-12
Animal agriculture today is very different from the image that children often receive of Old MacDonald and his farm. Explore how animals are raised for meat, eggs, and milk by comparing industry marketing to real conditions, and discover options that are healthier for our personal health, public health, and the environment.
Our Choices and the Environment: Grades 4-12
How does your diet affect water use, land use, the cleanliness of water and air, and the global climate? Through a Family Feud-style game, explore the sources of different environmental problems, and how we can easily reduce our water, land, and carbon footprints. You’ll be shocked to learn the impact of a bacon and egg breakfast or a cheeseburger for dinner!
Your Health, Our Health: Grades 4-12
We know that our diet affects our own health – but did you know that it affects the health of people who you’ll never meet? Learn how we can keep ourselves healthy while also exploring the effects of air and water pollution on people who live and work around farms by hearing the voices of that community. Grades 6 and up will also consider the growing threat of antibiotic resistance and how antibiotic use on farms threatens human health.
Labor Rights in Agriculture: Grades 5-12
Caring about the health, safety, and happiness about all beings includes other humans as well! Explore how foods like tomatoes, chocolate, seafood, and bacon affect the lives of workers and local communities, and hear how people have stood up for their rights against slavery, cruel working conditions, and toxic air and water in their own words.
- Footwear: We strongly recommend wearing comfortable and sturdy shoes as this is a walking tour.
- Speed Limit on Sanctuary Grounds: For the safety of our free roaming rescued residents and guests, we require a 5 mph speed limit on all Sanctuary roads.
- Food: For the safety of our rescued animals and you, we do not allow any food on the tour. We know it's tempting but many of our rescued residents are on special diets and can be harmed from other foods. For their safety and well-being, please do not feed them anything. While snacks are available when our welcome hut is open, please enjoy them before or after the tour. We require that any snacks brought on-site be vegan as per our policy below.
- Vegan Policy: Out of respect for our mission and the values we uphold, we require that any food brought on-site be vegan and free of anything from an animal (flesh, milk, eggs, etc). We are happy to recommend nearby restaurants that have vegan options for after your visit and have a handout to help in this regard as well.
- Dogs: We love dogs! However, for the safety and well-being of our rescued residents, especially those that roam freely like our chickens, we are not able to allow dogs on the sanctuary grounds or tours. This includes both companion dogs and service dogs. Our policy is in alignment with the guidelines set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Further, for the safety of all dogs, it is our policy not to allow dogs to remain unattended in cars on our property. Temperatures can quickly rise to dangerous levels inside cars. Further, while we wish we had the staffing and resources to offer to care for your dog while you take a tour, we are not able to do that at this time.
- Smoking: For health and safety reasons, we do not allow smoking anywhere on the property including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, cigars, and pipes.
- Accessibility: Tours include unpaved roads, but the terrain is mostly flat. If it's been raining then the unpaved roads can become muddy. If it hasn't rained much in the days leading up to your tour then the roads should be fine for wheelchairs and scooters. The tour enters the turkey yards where the gate is not wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. The tour guide will stay near the fence so that anyone who can't enter can still participate in that part of the tour. We've welcomed visitors who use scooters or wheelchairs on tours without limiting their experience. Our public restroom trailer is also wheelchair-accessible, but is only available April-October due to weather restrictions.
We request all group tour reservations be made at least four weeks in advance.
If you are interested in scheduling a group tour, please complete the Group Tour Reservation form and our Tour Programs Manager, Kaden Maguire, will be in touch to schedule the tour.