Alpaca Enthusiasts Wanted!
Island Alpaca Discovery Program is a wonderful way to learn more about alpaca and is a terrific farm experience for people of all ages. Every participant will learn the basics of alpaca care, as well as where alpaca come from and why they are important to us.
Participants will get involved in hands-on activities such as barn chores, feeding, halter training, and, if luck should have it, witness the birth of a new herd member. (Birthing season is from May to September).
Participants will meet the entire herd, including our three cria (baby alpaca) from last summer. This is an opportunity to see and experience the alpaca in a way they would not have by just visiting the farm. One can see how sweet and gentle they are by interacting with them, and literally get your hands on them to see how luxurious, and soft their fleece is!
Alpaca Discovery is a fun farm experience for any alpaca lover age 10 or older; (Younger participants welcomed with attending parent/guardian.) One child under the age of 10 per attending parent/guardian). Alpaca Discovery is also perfect for adults who are thinking about owning alpaca, or just curious to learn more about them. Come and discover the world of the alpaca!
Program Time: Join us for an exciting session of Alpaca Discovery available every day, 9:30-11 am, 9-10:30 am in summer. (Pre-registration required, 2 person class minimum). Adults welcome! Rain or Shine!
Registration: Cost is $25 per person per session. ($20 for attending parent or guardian for children under age of 10). Payments may be made by telephone, or here, or by check (payable to Island Alpaca Co.) or in person at the farm prior to program day, or by mail. Registration form must accompany payment to confirm space in the program. All registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. SPECIAL NOTE: Online Registrations must be made 24 hours or more, in advance of class date, as spaces in the program are limited to ensure a quality experience for participants and alpaca alike. We will contact you if space is not available. To confirm space available prior to registering, contact the farm during regular business hours.
What to bring: Sturdy, comfortable closed-toe shoes or boots (no flip-flops or open toe shoes are permitted) and a rain-gear if rain is predicted, sun-screen for brighter days. On wet or muddy days, please bring indoor shoes to change into.
View photos from a Winter Alpaca Discovery Class here!
See you at the farm!
A testimonial from some former participants:
"Love Animals? You will Love this!! Animal lovers beware.... this may make you want an alpaca as a pet! Our family of 8 (including 2 seniors) just loved this adventure. We signed up for the morning Discovery Class at the Alpaca Company, a working farm, housing upwards of 70 alpacas. With the guidance of Ashley, a supremely mature, knowledgeable and dedicated animal care taker, we met the "boys and girls", fed them, and eventually were able to walk them like giant dogs in a parade! Ashley knew all their names and personalities, hugged them like they were puppies and shared a wealth of information with us about these gentle creatures. The animals are obviously very well cared for, and we learned that walking some of the "little boys" is actually beneficial to them as several are show quality and must learn to tolerate humans and handling. Their wool is used to create some of the materials in the gift shop, and for folks who don't want to do the discovery class a viewing area is available for a small fee. Check it out!!" -- Wendy, L. Evanston, Illinois. (Visited July, 2014)
"Barbara, Jeff and I had an amazing time on your farm. I thank you so much for hosting us for my best birthday ever. My highest compliments go out to your staff: Ivy and Ashleigh.