Old Maryland Farm

Old Maryland Farm

301 Watkins Park Dr
Kettering, MD 20774

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301 Watkins Park Dr
Kettering, MD 20774
Tel: (301) 218-6770
Email: oldmarylandfarm@pgparks.com
· Mon : Closed
· Tues - Sat : 10AM - 5PM
· Sun : 10AM - 4PM
Size: 7.380764 Acres Acres


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Located just a short walking distance from the miniature train station in Watkins Regional Park, Old Maryland Farm is a great place to learn about Maryland farm life! Visitors can interact with agricultural exhibits, farm animals, and display gardens to get a taste of a real farming experience.


  • Encounter live animals: cattle, horses, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, peafowl, waterfowl
  • Explore display gardens: herbs, vegetables, fruits, native flowers
  • Farm Equipment: visitors can see tractors, mowers, and other equipment typically used on a farm


Old Maryland Farm’s paved, level pathways ensure accessibility to all parts of the farm.

Call the park office at (301) 218-6770 if you have specific questions.

Stay in Touch

Email us at oldmarylandfarm@pgparks.com.

<strong>Public Programs</strong>

Old Maryland farm currently offers guided tours of the farm, as well as small classes on various farm topics for different age groups.

How To Register

Program Registration

To guarantee your spot within a program, advance registration is required for all programs with a PARKS DIRECT number. Drop-in admission (no registration) for programs are accepted only as space permits. Space availability is never guaranteed for drop-ins. Programs may be canceled 24-48 hours prior to the start of the program due to insufficient registrations via Parks Direct.

If you already have a PARKS DIRECT account, please register for programs via Parks Direct. Most of our programs allow for “spots booked” where only one person in the family needs to have an account to register for the total number of desired spots. However, for programs that do not allow for spots booked, each person desiring to attend the program must have their own Parks Direct account and be registered individually.

Don’t have an account yet? Check out the Parks Direct page for information on how to set up an account for yourself and your family.

For programs or boat tours that do not have a Parks Direct course number, please call for information.

Program Requirements

Check the age requirements for each program before registering. All participants must meet the age requirement to attend a program. For some programs, children must be accompanied by a registered adult, who must participate in the program with the child. Unless a program says otherwise you may not drop your child off and leave.

Fees for programs are based on your residency.

Program Fees

Make sure that your email and other contact information is up-to-date on your Parks Direct account prior to registration. Staff may need to contact you if they have questions or in the event that a program must be canceled due to inclement weather or other reasons.

  • Residents (R): individuals who live within Prince George’s or Montgomery Counties
  • Non-Residents (NR): individuals who live in all other jurisdictions.

Family Farm Tours

Enjoy a tour of the Old Maryland Farm and even get to visit behind-the-scenes areas. You will learn a little bit about all of the animals at the farm, our seasonal crops and pollinator gardens, and how a farm operates. This tour is for all ages.


  • Prince George’s or Montgomery County residents: $4
  • Non-resident: $6
<strong>School Programs</strong>

Old Maryland Farm provides students with a unique opportunity to visit a farm and learn about the animals and plants as well as getting a deeper understanding of how farms are important not only to their own lives, but to their community and the local environment as a whole.

How to Schedule

Advanced registration is required for all group programs. Programs are available Tuesday – Friday, from 10 am to 3 pm, and are typically 45 minutes to 1 hour long. To better serve you and to ensure a quality experience please be advised that your program is only booked when you have received a confirmation email from the farm. For any questions, please contact the Old Maryland Farm.

  • Group reservations require a minimum of 10 people.
  • Groups larger than 30 will be scheduled over multiple time slots or days.
  • Tentative dates must be confirmed within 5 business days. Afterward, unconfirmed dates can be offered to other groups.

Field Trip Description

Farm Tours (K- ESS3/K-LS1) – Come meet a farmer and all the farm animals they care for. Learn about what it takes to care for these animals, what they need to survive, and how you use these animals in your daily lives. This is a chance to participate in the feeding of our resident farm animals with a behind the scenes look at our horse stable.

To schedule a program


  • Programs at Old Maryland Farm cost $4 for Prince George’s and Montgomery County residents and $6 for non-county residents.
  • We allow 1 free chaperone for every 5 students. Chaperones over the 1:5 ratio will be required to pay the program fee.


Buses must park in the Watkins Nature Center Parking lot. Students and staff can then walk over to the farm.

Lunch Facilities

The farm does not have eating facilities. You are welcome to bring your lunches and staff can reserve a picnic shelter for you nearby.

Cancellation & Change Policy

48 hours’ notice is required for cancellations or schedule changes. We will be glad to reschedule your program for a later date if possible. In the case of inclement weather or school closures, we will gladly work with you to reschedule.

Field Trip Application

Old Maryland Farm Field Trip Application

Organization/ School Information


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School Farm Tours

Tours available for all students between grades K-12.

Students will learn about farm animals, various gardens, and general farm operations.

<strong>Birthday Party Packages</strong>

Farm Tour Birthday Party Package

Have your child’s birthday party at Old Maryland Farm! We provide the use of our meeting room for 3 hours, and a 30–45-minute farm tour. You supply the food, decorations, and fun! A great package deal that is suitable for ages 2-12.

Parties Include

  • A 30-45-minute Farm Tour. This tour includes the chance for guests to feed some of the animals as well as visit our stable building to get up close and personal with our cows and horses!
  • Parties can accommodate up 35 people (including children & adults)
  • 3-hour use of our workshop room from 12-3 pm on a Saturday or Sunday. This time includes set up, party, farm tour, and clean up time.
  • Use of our meeting room, which includes tables, chairs, sink, microwave, and refrigerator/freezer.

Birthday Package Fees (3 hours)

Farm Tour Birthday Party Package:

  • Prince George’s & Montgomery County Residents: $240*
  • Residents of all other jurisdictions: $312

*Proof of residency is required.

Make a Reservation: To make a reservation, please complete the birthday reservation form below.

To hold your reservation your full payment is due 2 weeks after receiving your party reservation.

Birthday Party Reservation Form

Old Maryland Farm Birthday Party Application

Please Note: Max capacity is 35 people.

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<strong>Donate Today!</strong>

A huge thank you to our longtime donor Linda Monte, who donated this amazing large plastic ball! As you can see, Bam Bam is having fun with it! This ball, and items like it, allow our animals to exhibit natural behaviors, in this case play!

At Old Maryland Farm, we’re passionate about providing an enriching experience for families and visitors to learn about farming. Your support and donations make this possible. It’s because of dedicated community members like you that we can provide superb care for our animals and offer educational programs that leave a lasting impact.

If you’re looking for a way to make a difference, consider donating an item from our list of needed supplies. Your contribution will go a long way in supporting our mission to create a better future for our animals and community. Contact us at oldmarylandfarm@pgparks.com to learn more. When you visit the farm, you can also leave a cash donation, all of which will stay with the farm and be used to continue our mission!

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