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, i hike the over seven 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 – Write a story for the newsletter
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 GuidYear Round – Bake Animal ‘cookies’
Year Round – Write a story for the newsletter
Year Round – Sign makers

For the Industrious Volunteers:
Spring – Summer Adopt A Trail Project
May – Farm Clean Up
Spring – Summer- Memorial Garden upkeep and building the Memorial Wall
July - Build a float for the Wayne County Parade
Spring- Summer- Mark the Nature Trail at 2nd Creek
Summer – Join the Hay Crew and help stack square hay bales in the barns

Horse Camp

For horse loving kids, we're offering a chance to learn about and spend time with horses, guided by knowledgeable horse professionals. For kids ages 6 to 18, we have a riding program to match everyone's level. There will be  horse activities, including instruction, horse science, games on horseback, and more! Classes run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $50 per day per camper.  Jan. 21, February 18-22, April 15-19, July 22 - 26, August 17 - 21.  Registration available at the farm office, or email for registration form.

Steady Work

(Skills, Training and Employment Access for the Development of Youth)
STEADY Work at Cracker Box Palace is a dynamic program that addresses generational rural poverty one young person at a time. Participants are provided meaningful initial work experiences that are designed to develop soft skills and achieve goals participants set for themselves in unique workforce entry plans. Participants are aged 18-24 and employed for approximately 25 hours per week in a defined job at the farm.

To read more about Steady Work, or to download an application, please click on the links below:

Steady Work Information

Steady Work application

For more information on STEADY Work please do contact the farm at 315-483-2493 or call Jay Roscup, Program Administrator at 315-527-6546 or email at

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Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven

A not for profit organization helping farm animals in need

6450 Shaker Road                         

Alton, NY 14413


Mailing Address:

Box 174

Alton, NY 14413

A not for profit 501©3 organization NYS Tax# 225956 EIN: 16-1600471 NYS Char Reg# 40-91-09

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