In the Animal Encounters barn, you can enjoy front row access to farm
animals and the skilled agricultural staff members who care for them.
Here, you can observe animals as they eat and play while you start to
understand the big agricultural ideas that shape our lives.
We raise our animals using low-stress handling methods that make them
perfectly fit to interact with guests of all ages. Here, animals can make
decisions on their own, without being led. When they need rest after
lots of fun human interaction, you might even notice some animals taking
How do we pick which breeds will live on our farm? First, we ask if they fit
within the context of our 1836 Prairietown area. Next, we determine if the
breed is gentle, well-tempered and interacts well with humans. Finally,
we look for animals that illuminate interesting facets of the Conner Prairie
Right on our grounds, the agriculture team performs high-tech
procedures like artificial insemination. We also partner with organizations
like Purdue University and the National Germplasm Preservation Program
to conduct scientific research and preserve crucial animal DNA.