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What you need to know when visiting the Haven


Hercules' Haven is open for visitors during monthly Open Barn Days and scheduled events. 

The Haven is on the back side of a neighborhood 1/2 mile west of the Lighthouse Restaurant on Mt. Vernon Road.  Turn south on Vernon Hill Blvd. and follow Vernon Hill and Abbott Ave. until you find the Haven.  We are on Google Maps!

Please, check in with your Haven host at the Welcome Center.

Dress for success, and by success we mean poop and huge feet.  Poop is everywhere, so don’t wear your Sunday best. When escorted into animal enclosures and the barn, wear closed toe shoes.  If attending a “creek stomping,” wear water shoes.

Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Guardians must be within “arms reach” children under 12.

The Haven is a smoke free facility.

Wash your hands frequently and especially after touching an animal.  Again, poop is everywhere.

Please, keep pets at home for Open Barn Days and Festivals. They can add extra chaos to already busy days.  

Approach animals with caution.   Slowly approach enclosures.  When having a guided experience with horses or goats, always approach from the front.  Never approach an animal from the rear.  Never chase an animal – they don’t like that.

Haven host will escort guests in enclosure.  Never enter an enclosure without a host.

All our animal residents prefer quiet voices.  No one likes to be startled. 

Unless part of a guided activity, do not feed the animals.  Do not approach animals if you possess beverages, food, gum or candy.  Do not bring food into the horse pasture, barn or goat enclosure.

2018 Open Barn Day Schedule

April 21, May 12, June 23, July 21, August 18, September 22, October 13

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Saturday, September 22nd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. $10 donation for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

You've seen the the photos and stories, now you can take your own pictures and be part of the story. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic lunch. Explore the property, relax and renew. You can hang with the goats, brush a horse, romp with the lamb and love a pig.

We'll celebrate with chair massages! Three massage therapists and one Reiki practitioner will share their gifts for free and donate any tips to the Haven!

Hercules' Haven is a registered 501(c)(3). We thank you for your support. The animals thank you for your support.

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Animal Assisted Therapy

Hercules' Haven is launching new Therapeutic Programming for kids with grief and loss, trauma, anxiety and other emotional issues. Animal Assisted Therapy is an effective way to slow down and get in touch with feelings, develop healthy relationships, become more mindful, and deepen empathy. The program does not involve riding, just observing, learning to be in relationship with the animal, and processing feelings.

Call to 319.743.8446 for scheduling. Cost is $50. Space is limited. There are a few scholarships available. Program will be run by licensed therapist (LISW) Karen Davis. Ginger and Juno look forward to helping kids.

Haven staff will email families a Waiver to complete. You can mail the waiver or bring it on July 28th.

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