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The Petting Farm in Mapleton will soon be "hatching" out all kinds of little baby critters and will be open to the public this spring on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. until dark, beginning Monday, April 6.

Summer hours will be from 7 p.m. until dark beginning June 1. Spring weather can be unpredictable and the farm will close when the weather is too wet or windy or cold.Groups may arrange for special activities and parties for Friday nights and Saturday mornings. The cost is $3 per person for reserved times.

The farm requests a $1 donation at the gate and horse rides are $1 extra. All types of white and natural colored wools and mohair from the project sheep and goats are for sale. These proceeds are used to help support non-funded programs for special-needs children, teens and adults.

This year, special programs are being added to help abused children. Those who may know of someone who could benefit from animal therapy programs are urged to contact Sherry Mainord, Shadowbrook Farm, 833 E. 1600 South, Mapleton, UT 84664, or call 489-4508 or 489-3098.

People wishing to volunteer to help with animals or the public for special programs must attend an orientation meeting on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. The minimum age for volunteers is 12. Minors must bring a parent who will be required to sign a consent form.