Youth Programs



Cracker Box Palace offers a special place for young folks, not only to visit, but to learn and lend a hand too. Many groups and organizations come every year and help us finish projects and help with chores around the farm.

One of the fun things to do at the farm is take a tour. Whether self-guided or if you book a tour, there is much to see and do. Visit the animals, hike the approximately 10 miles of trails around the farm, or for the very young, visit the Fairy Trail and build a Fairy house.

We welcome volunteering too for the kids. With a parent or guardian, it can be a special bonding opportunity to work in a barn or help with a project. 

Many Groups and Organizations volunteer at the farm. It’s a great way to accomplish community service hours for some, for others, it’s just a great way to spend a day. To help CBP help your group devise a day of work at the farm, we’ve listed a few projects we would love to accomplish this year or would invite a group to try. Please do contact the farm at least 4 weeks in advance to reserve your project’s date so the farm folks can be ready for you.

For the younger volunteers – with parent or guardian:
Spring – Fall Plant flowers and refill flower boxes around the farm.
April – Oct – Fairy Trail Rehab or build a fairy house
Year Round – Make name plates for the animal’s pens

For School Age volunteers – with parent or guardian:
Spring – Summer- Garden preparations, planting, upkeep and harvest
Easter- Help Run the Easter Egg Hunt
Year Round – Become a Tour Guide – Bake Animal ‘cookies’, write a story for our newsletter, make signs

For Industrious Volunteers:
Spring – Summer Adopt A Trail Project
May – Farm Clean Up
Spring – Summer- Memorial Garden upkeep and building the Memorial Wall
Summer – Join the Hay Crew and help stack square hay bales in the barns

Horse Camp

 For horse loving kids, we offer an opportunity for the next generation of horsemen and horsewomen, guided by our knowledgeable equine professionals here at Cracker Box Palace. For kids ages 6 to 18, we have a program to match everyone's level. There will be fun filled days full of horse activities, including horseback riding instruction, equine science, equine husbandry, and more! Classes run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $50 per day per camper. Campers must bring their own packed lunch and daily snack, we also recommend a reusable water bottle. 2021 dates will be available in the spring of 2021.  Gift Certificates make great christmas or birthday presents and are available for your horse loving child at the Gift Shop at Cracker Box Palace. Registration forms are available at the farm office or email us for a digital registration form.

Steady Work

Recently, The Community Schools Consortium submitted a proposal to the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board to access Workforce Investment Opportunity Act Contract dollars. And they did it! Our congratulations and appreciation to Jay Roscup for including Cracker Box Palace’s STEADY Work Program as a partnering work site! We are so honored to be a part of this new program.

What does this mean for STEADY Work? STEADY Work is now supported by Wayne CAP. This new program will provide work opportunities for disconnected youth who are out of school, up to age 24, case management, access to mental health support, access to services contracted by the Finger Lakes Works Investment Board for all participants. We will serve youth throughout Wayne County. We will rally the community resources around individual young people and create pathways for success when traditional programming cannot meet their needs.

To learn more about this program, please contact Jay Roscup, Community Schools Director at Wayne County Consortium of Schools, Finger Lakes Community Schools 315-527-6546 or email

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