Frequently Asked Questions about Visiting Heifer

Does Heifer offer building tours of its international headquarters?

Yes, the green building design of the Heifer International World Headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas is a unique and fascinating attraction.

Tours are available on the hour Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What is Heifer Farm and where is it located?

Heifer Farm is one of several learning centers owned and operated by Heifer International. The farm supports the organization's efforts to alleviate hunger, poverty and environmental degradation through a variety of methods. Our learning center offers field trips, multi-day overnight educational programs, adult programs and a summer day camp. Heifer Farm has several annual public events. Agriculture production enterprises include two acres of organic gardens, 30 acres of pasture managed by intensive rotational grazing, 240 acres of woodlands and more than 20 species of livestock.

Heifer Farm is located in Rutland, Massachusetts. 

Is Heifer Farm handicap accessible?

The learning center at Heifer Farm has an ADA-approved path connecting all of our public buildings. We have a wheelchair that may be borrowed. Our golf cart can accommodate three passengers but must be driven by a member of our staff. Please, contact us in advance to reserve either the wheelchair or golf cart for your use.

Can I get a tour if I drop-in at Heifer Farm?

Our residential volunteers would be happy to show you a video about Heifer or possibly show you around if they are available. Just stop by the receptionist's desk in the Visitor Center to inquire.

What will I see if I visit Heifer Farm?

You are welcome to walk around the farm, see our livestock and gardens, picnic on the grass or picnic tables and visit our Global Village demonstration farm sites. Please feel free to ask questions of any staff, most of whom are volunteers wearing nametags.

Do you sell meat at Heifer Farm?

Although a large amount of the meat that we raise is for our kitchen, we offer grass-fed beef, pork, and lamb in our gift shop freezer. For more information about these meat products, please call the Visitor Center at 508.886.2221.

Can I buy produce at Heifer Farm?

We have a farm stand in the summer and fall where visitors can purchase fresh, organic produce at very reasonable prices. The farm stand also offers free educational information about home-scale gardening and sustainable agriculture. We do not have a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program as most of our produce goes to prepare meals for overnight groups.

Does Heifer staff lead religious programming at Heifer Learning Centers?

Learning Center staff does not lead any religious programming. There is a small amount of free time each day which you can use to incorporate your own religious studies or relax and enjoy the beauty of the farm. Heifer's faith community resources will help you plan your own spiritual programming/studies that relate to hunger and poverty.         

What can I expect on an Alternative Youth Mission trip?

Our programs are primarily educational and teach participants about the causes, challenges and sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty. Many programs include service activities that primarily focus on assisting with daily chores on the farm such as gardening, working with livestock and helping with farm maintenance.

All overnight to multi-night programs, include one night in the Global Village. Participants can expect to prepare meals with limited resources and sleep in simple housing (such as a Thai home made of bamboo or a Tibetan Yurt). Participants will be living the lesson of poverty first-hand. Sleeping conditions are similar to camping.

Programs are held rain or shine. If weather conditions are dangerous during your scheduled night in the Global Village, groups will stay in a weather-safe area instead of the Global Village. Programs are not too physically challenging, but group members should be prepared for moderate amounts of walking.

More information about the programs offered is found in our Alternative Youth Mission Trip Guide.

What is the purpose of the service activities during Alternative Youth Mission trips?

The service activities are both a teaching tool and a service to the Learning Centers. For example, as participants help in the garden, they learn what food looks like before it ends up in the grocery store and how much hard work and time is put in to producing vegetables and other produce. The service activities help maintain the Learning Center so that it remains an active Heifer International community where many children, youth and adults can visit to learn about their role in ending hunger and poverty

What types of service activities will participants do on an Alternative Mission Trip? What is their purpose?

The amount and length of service activities vary by program and primarily focus on assisting with daily chores on the farm such as gardening, working with livestock and helping with farm maintenance.

The service activities are both a teaching tool and a service to the Learning Centers. For example, as participants help in the garden, they learn what food looks like before it ends up in the grocery store and how much hard work and time is put in to producing vegetables and other produce. The service activities help maintain the Learning Center so that it remains an active Heifer International community where many children, youth and adults can visit to learn about their role in ending hunger and poverty. 

Will we get to work with animals during Alternative Youth Mission trips?

The amount of interaction with animals varies by program. You might milk a goat, feed animals, rotate animals to different pastures or help provide animal support work like cleaning animal pens, painting fences, moving fences and more. Not everyone will get to work with animals.

What will my youth group get out of an Alternative Youth Mission Trip?

Our programs build appreciation for all the gifts in our lives; inspire participants to want to help others; teach about the causes and sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty; build relationships through unique shared experiences; connect people to the land by spending time on a farm; and create experiences that can be incorporated into a self-led spiritual study.

Who will be there with the kids in my group during an Alternative Youth Mission trip?

Your group will send a group leader and adult chaperones. The group leader and adult chaperones should expect to participate in all group activities, supervise the group to assure safety, provide non-threatening and non-disruptive discipline and monitor the group's free time.

The Learning Center staff, including volunteers, facilitates all programs. Our volunteers come from around the world and range from age 18 to retirees. A thorough background check is required before becoming a member of our team.

What is Heifer Ranch?

Heifer Ranch is a 1,200 acre farm and hands-on learning center providing education that promotes sustainable solutions to global hunger, poverty and environmental concerns.

Heifer Ranch includes two Heifer Global Villages, a challenge course, over 15 species of animals, organic gardens and Shop@Heifer. Heifer Ranch is a place to experience some of the challenges of global hunger and poverty and leave with a re-energized determination to be part of the solution. You will learn about Heifer's sustainable agriculture model which is used around the world.

Will we interact with other groups at Heifer Ranch?

Depending on the time of year, your program and your group size, you may do several components of your program with another group.

Summer Action offers the highest level of interaction with other groups. Each week Heifer Ranch can have any where from three to five groups (up to 90 participants) on the ranch participating in the Summer Action program. All groups will spend the night in the global village together. Members of each group will also sign-up for the same service projects and educational activities. Depending on your group size you may be sharing lodging with a group of similar age range.

Groups participating in Global Passport, Global Challenge and Global Gateway, during June, July and August may be combined with groups of similar age range if their group size does not fill our maximum capacity for that program.

Our Alternative Break programs are often combined with other groups of similar age.

Our fall and spring Global Explorers, Global Gateway, Global Challenge and Global Passport are only combined with other groups after seeking approval from the group that booked first. If approved, your groups will participate in the program as one group though you may divide into two or more groups for different components of the program.

Where is Heifer Ranch located?

Heifer Ranch is located in Perryville, Arkansas just 45 minutes Northwest of Little Rock. Our address is Heifer Ranch, 55 Heifer Road, Perryville, AR 72126.

What are your visitor center hours at Heifer Ranch?

Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding major holidays. 

Does Heifer Ranch have a store?

Yes. Shop@Heifer carries much more than mere gifts or souvenirs. By featuring Earth- and artisan-friendly products, created in fair trade, sweatshop-free environments, Heifer supports talented craftspeople who earn a living wage. The shop offers globally themed books, Heifer logo merchandise and other unique items that encourage others to support Heifer's work. Shop@Heifer is open Monday-Saturday from 8-5 pm Central Time. It is closed on Sundays, New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

What is Women's Lambing at Heifer Ranch?

During the spring lambing season, women from across the country visit Heifer Ranch to watch a lamb take its first steps and reflect on the new beginnings that Heifer International brings to millions of families. The activities throughout the program help participants understand and appreciate the lives of those helped by Heifer.

Participants will get a brief introduction to gestation, birth, and post-lambing care of ewes and lambs. They will participate in birthing checks. Participants will learn about cheese-making and/or wool crafts. There are sessions on gender equity, sustainable agriculture and Heifer's livestock practices. They will participate in daily and seasonal farm chores, such as caring for the animals and gardens.

Guests will stay at Heifer Ranch in a climate-controlled lodge with two people to a room. Each room includes towels, bed linens and a private bathroom. Meals are served cafeteria-style in the dining hall. Participants should be prepared for up to two miles of walking in a full day's program.

How old do I have to be to attend an overnight youth program at Heifer Ranch?

The programs are designed for youth, 12 years and older, plus their required adult chaperone. Each adult chaperone may bring up to five youth.

What programs do you offer for students and adults at Heifer Village?

We offer programs and events throughout the year for school groups, families or just anyone who wants to drop in.

What is Heifer Village?

Heifer Village is a unique museum-like experience that introduces visitors to the possibility of a world free of hunger and poverty. It is a hands-on, global education facility and home to interactive exhibits as well as educational programming that provide a stimulating and challenging educational experience for people of all ages.

Heifer Village is designed as a sustainable and environmentally sensitive building. Adjacent wetlands, which support native species, complement Heifer Village's design.

A place for learning about solutions to global hunger and poverty, Heifer Village will spark commitment in all who experience it, furthering Heifer International's mission to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.

How do I schedule a field trip to Heifer Village?

All school programs at Heifer Village require reservations as space is limited. Please call 501.907.COWS (2697) to request more information or inquire about availability.

Will I see gardens at Heifer Village?

Heifer Village offers tours that include information about our beautiful wetlands.

How do I get to Heifer Village?

For online directions to Heifer Village you can use Google Maps which has the most accurate directions.

From Memphis/East Arkansas - from I-40 Westbound

  • Merge onto I-30 W/US-167 S/US-65 S/US-67 S toward LITTLE ROCK via Exit 153B on the left. Continue 2.3 miles
  • Take Exit 141A for AR-10 toward Cantrell Rd/Clinton Ave
  • At the fork, keep right and continue straight to the second STOP sign at 3rd street.
  • Turn left at E 3rd St
  • Continue straight to Heifer Village. Parking is on the right, just before the circular drop-off at the Heifer Village sign

From Fort Smith/Conway - from I-40 Eastbound

  • Merge on to I-30 W/US-65 S toward LITTLE ROCK via Exit 153B. Continue 2.3 miles
  • Take exit 141A for AR-10 toward Cantrell Rd/Clinton Ave
  • At the fork, keep right at the fork to continue straight to the second STOP sign at 3rd St
  • Turn left at E 3rd St
  • Continue straight to Heifer Village. Parking is on the right, just before the circular drop-off at the Heifer Village sign

From Pine Bluff - from I-530 I-530 N/US-65 N 

  • Merge onto I-30 E, continue for 2.2 miles
  • Take exit 141A for AR-10 toward Cantrell Rd/Clinton Ave
  • At the fork, keep right merge onto E 2nd St
  • Turn right at Mahlon/Martin St
  • Turn left at E 3rd St
  • Continue straight - end at Heifer Village

Do you have a gift shop at Heifer Village?

Yes, Shop@Heifer features ethically sourced, artisan friendly products, educational toys, videos, pottery, accessories, chocolate, coffee, Heifer branded merchandise and more.

What can I do at Heifer Village?

Visitors to Heifer Village can explore one of our many exhibits. They are a combination of environments, interpretive exhibits and hands-on experiences. Our exhibits include The Heifer Story, the Global Solutions Gallery, the Making a Difference Lab, and the Artwork of Betty LaDuke.

Heifer Village also offers programs throughout the year all designed to enrich the Heifer Village experience. There are programs designed for schools, homeschools, youth and families, and adults. Public events are offered several times a year. Check out the Heifer Village Events Calendar for more information.

Take a guided tour of Heifer International's LEED platinum certified world headquarters building.

Browse Shop@Heifer which features ethically sourced, artisan friendly products, educational toys, videos, pottery, accessories, chocolate, coffee, Heifer branded merchandise and more.

Eat breakfast or lunch at Cafe@Heifer. Breakfast items include fresh pastries and a daily omelet. For lunch, choose from an array of soups, salads, sandwiches and pizzas.

Can I see animals at Heifer Village?

Not typically. During a couple of large events, we bring in special animal guests from Heifer Ranch including goats and sheep. If you want to see Heifer animals, we encourage you to visit Heifer Ranch in Perryville.

Is there an admission cost for Heifer Village?

No. Admission and parking is free. There are fees for programs, but the free admission covers the exhibits and tours.

Where is Heifer Village located and what are your hours of operation?

Heifer Village is located in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas on the Heifer International Campus, just behind the Clinton Center at 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding major holidays.

What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning promotes learning through direct experience, followed by focused reflection. By experiencing poverty firsthand, participants are able to identify with those who experience this life every day. Discussions after the activities allow participants to take a hard look at what happened, why and how, they can apply the experience to their everyday life. This method allows the participant to internalize his or her experience. Several other programs, including team-building activities, also incorporate the experiential method model.