Farmhands Summer Programs

Guidestone’s farm, ranch, and garden programs provide youth with opportunities to ‘dig in’ and learn how to grow their own food, participate in farm and ranch life, interact with farm animals, and play!
Scholarships are available.

For more information, or to inquire about scholarships, please contact Leah Capezio: leah@guidestonecolorado.org or 719-239-0955.


2020 SUMMER PROGRAMS

Register for Summer Programs!

Little Sprouts
4-week series on Fridays: June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24
10-11am
Pre-K children and their families
Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida
$55 per series; $15 per single day (prices are per family)

Moms, dads, grandparents, families…join your pre-K little ones for a fun morning on the ranch. Visit the homestead animals, and then enjoy hands-on activities, stories, songs and a craft around the week’s theme.

Rancher Mondays
8-week series on Mondays: June 8 – Aug 3 (no camp July 6)
9am-4pm
Rising K-3rd grades
Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida
$345 per series; $45 per single day

Join us every Monday at the Hutchinson Homestead to explore the daily lives of ranchers from the past and present. We will kick off each Monday with ranch chores and caring for the resident animals, and then we’ll explore the week’s theme with hands-on activities and adventures! Guest instructors who are experts in their fields will enrich our experience.

Homestead Pioneer Camp
June 9-11
9am-4pm
Rising 2nd-6th grades
Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida
$135

Step into the past and experience the homestead as a pioneer! Pioneers had to be resourceful, making many of the things they needed from scratch. Leatherwork, sewing, food preservation, home needs, tools, and even toys and games had to be made by hand. We will practice these skills and imagine homestead life through the eyes and hands of many perspectives, sharing our experiences in a homemade journal. Join us as we walk in the footsteps of the people who have lived and worked at the Hutchinson Homestead!

Longfellow Elementary School Garden Series
6 week series on Tuesdays: June 9 – July 21 (no camp June 30)
9am-4pm
Rising K-2nd grades
Longfellow Elementary School, Salida
$255 for the series; $45 per single day

How does your garden grow? You get to decide! Tuesdays at the Longfellow garden will feature opportunities to learn and grow through hands-on garden activities, games, songs, stories, walking field trips, and fun with friends! Same drop off and hours as GARNA’s Nature’s Scientists Camp.

Salida Middle School STEM Garden Series
6 week series on Thursdays: June 11 – July 23 (no camp July 2)
9am-4pm
Rising 3rd-6th grades
Salida Middle School, Salida
$255 for the series; $45 per single day

Bring your curiosity and creativity to the Salida Middle School garden this summer! Investigate agriculture through scientific experiments, engineering challenges, and afternoon field trips to other farms, parks or organizations. Same drop off and hours as GARNA’s Nature’s Explorers Camp.

Kids in Ag Camp
June 23-25
9am-4pm
Rising 2nd-6th grades
Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida
$135

If you love animals, this camp is for you! Meet and study our meat, milk, egg, and yarn producers, including beef and dairy cattle, goats, sheep, llamas, rabbits and pigs. We’ll learn about the care, feeding, and varieties of these animals, and the agricultural role they play, through the ranchers, veterinarians, and others who raise and care for them. And… kids will be teaching kids! Many of the guest instructors will be kids who are raising animals through the 4H Program. Today’s kids are tomorrow’s farmers and ranchers!

Ranch Camp
July 7-9
9am-4pm
Rising K-6th grades
Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida
$135

Become a Junior Rancher! Are you a veteran Hutchinson Homestead camper, eager for something more? This is your opportunity to delve deeper into rancher skills and tasks. Practice skills like roping, irrigating, and pasture management, learn to fashion the tools of the trade, give Rancher Abby a hand in completing an essential ranch project, help with cow and horse care, and more. At the end of camp, we’ll celebrate with a square dance for campers and their families.

Agriculture Through Art and Music
July 14-16
9am-4pm
Rising 2nd-6th grades
Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida
$135

Celebrate agriculture through music, painting, drawing, sculpture, and more! As participants explore the art of growing food, caring for animals, and ranching, this week will provide many opportunities to observe, express and honor the uniqueness of an agrarian life and landscape through art and music. Participants will get to share their work with their families at an end-of-week celebration.

Ag Camp at the Chaffee County Fair
July 29-31
9am-4pm
Rising K-6th grades
Chaffee County Fairgrounds, Poncha Springs
$135

The heart of the Chaffee County Fair offers a rich environment for discovering agriculture! We will meet at the Fairgrounds each day to learn about the sheep, goats, beef cattle, pigs, rabbits, and poultry at the fair, as well as some of the hands-on activities highlighted through 4H. Be a part of the County Fair in a whole new way!

Bringing the Harvest Home
August 4-6
9am-4pm
Rising K-6th grades
Hutchinson Homestead and Community & School Farm
$135

In celebration of this bountiful time of year, join in 3-days dedicated to the farming and homesteading techniques that allow us to grow our own food, save it for the winter, and enjoy our harvest. The first day of camp will be held at the Community & School Farm where campers will get to dig in, help on the farm and harvest their bounty. The second and third days will then be held at the Hutchinson Homestead, where students will learn food preservation techniques to preserve their harvest, and host a harvest feast for their families, complete with produce from the farm, homemade butter, Dutch Oven biscuits, hand-churned ice cream and more!