Thousands of youngsters from area elementary schools, Head Start programs and child care centers will get a closer look at a working farm during Kiddie Days at the West Virginia University farm Tuesday, April 24, to Friday, April 27.

Hosted by WVU s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences, Kiddie Days gives children in the region access to WVU s Animal Sciences Farm in Morgantown, located on Stewartstown Road. Tours will begin each day at 9 a.m. with the last tour of the day beginning at 2:30 p.m.

We will plan to have chickens with egg hatching, and mothers with young sheep, swine, dairy and beef cattle,said Paul Lewis, director of the Davis Colleges Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences.Our farm personnel, students and faculty will be on hand during this four-day period to lead the tours, answer questions, and provide assistance as needed.

Biosecurity measures are very important and we are asking for visitorscooperation to maintain animal and human health standards,said Lewis.We are asking anyone, including chaperones, children, parents or other relatives, who has traveled abroad in the last 10 to 14 days to please not accompany your group to the farm. We will have available hand sanitizing solution and ask that you use it before leaving the farm.

Admission is $2 per person. All groups wishing to make tours with children should schedule their trip during this four-day period. Generally, two hours or less should be allowed for a group visit. Ample bus parking is available. Call 304-293-2631 between 8:30 a.m -noon and 1- p.m. to make a reservation. Persons needing a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event should contact Denise Hunnell in the Davis Colleges Office of the Dean, 304-293-2395 or at dhunnell@mail.wvu.edu .