Summer 2015 Farmhands Registration

We are excited to launch our new Farmhands Youth Education programs for 2015! This year’s line-up is a mixture of our tried and true favorites combined with some exciting new offerings.  We have divided up this year’s programs by age to include:

5 and Under
5-8 Year Olds
5-12 Year Olds
9-12 Year Olds

Read below for our complete listing of 2015 program offerings and to register.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact karen@guidestonecolorado.org or call (719)239-0955.

New this Year! Become a Guidestone Member!
Become a member of Guidestone and receive a 10% discount on all programs.

Scholarships are available! Please click HERE to apply for a scholarship!

We hope to see you on the farm or ranch!


Little Sprouts 2015 For 5 and Under

Dates: Thursdays
Times: 10:00am-12:00pm each day Cost: $18/parent & child, $2 each add’l child

June 4 – Hutchinson Homestead – Chicken Days
June 11 – Moonstone Farm – Sowing Seeds on the Farm
June 18 – Salida School Garden – Eating our Garden!
June 25 – Morgan Center – Pollination Station
July 9 – Meadows in Buena Vista – Farm Animal Days
July 16 – Hutchinson Homestead – Cowboys and Cowgirls on the Ranch
July 23 – Hutchinson Homestead – Ranch Animal Days
July 30 – Morgan Center – Flower Power

Join us this season for one of Guidestone’s most well attended programs. Little Sprouts is especially designed for the pre-Kindergarten members of our community! Each week’s program will include several stations with lively and engaging activities, including gardening, visiting farm animals, hands-on projects, crafts, songs, games, stories, preservation of food, composting, birds, water and insects. Programs will rotate through 4 of our favorite partner sites to get a feel for their unique characteristics. Every week a new adventure! You are invited to pick and choose weeks or come along for them all! So moms, dads, grandparents… join your little ones for a fun morning on the farm!

To Register for Little Sprouts Click Here!


2015 Farmhands Programs For 5-8 Year Olds

Rancher Mondays for Greenhorns

Dates: Mondays, June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27
Times: 9:30am-3:30pm each day
Member Rate: $44 single class or $308 for the full series (All 8)
Non-Member Rate:
$48 single class or $340 for the full series (All 8)

Our Rancher Monday series this year will be divided into two distinct age groups with 2 separate instructors. Join us every Monday at the Hutchinson Homestead to explore the daily lives of ranchers from both the past and present. Each Monday we’ll begin with ranch chores and feeding the animals, and then we’ll kick off the theme for the week with hands-on activities and adventures. We will learn all about some of the traditional skills ranchers used back in the day and continue to use today. Sign up for a single classes or join us for the full series (All 8). Guest instructors who are experts in their fields will be present at many of these Mondays.

June 8 – Home On the Range
June 15 – Cows & Corrals
June 22 – Pioneer Pantry
June 29 – Leatherworking
July 6 – Natural Fiber Arts
July 13 – Bee’s & Their Bounty
July 20 – Natures Food & Medicine
July 27 – Branding & Roping


Camp Greenhorn

Dates: July 7-9
Time: 9:30-3:30 daily
Member Rate: $132
Non-Member Rate: $145

This camp is now open for children ages 5-12.

Have you ever wanted to be a cowboy or a cowgirl, working and living on a ranch? Well here’s your chance to see what life on a working cattle ranch is all about!  We will meet the animals and people who work at the Hutchinson Ranch, and become savvy ranch hands as we assist with daily animal chores and help Rancher Abby take care of the pastures, ditches and animals that call the ranch their home. We’ll also learn more about the ranch as a natural area with a guest instructor from GARNA. As we practice important ranch skills such as branding, roping and irrigating, we’ll keep an eye out for any mysterious visitors that will make this experience a special treat. At the end of camp, we’ll celebrate with a square dance for campers and their families.  By the end of camp, you won’t be a Greenhorn anymore!

To register for any of these 5-8 Year Old Programs Click Here!

 

2015 Farmhands Programs for All Ages (5-12 Year Olds)

Farm Camp at Moonstone Farm

Date: June 1-4
Time: 9:30-3:30 daily
Member rate: $160
Non-Member Rate:$176

Kick off summer 2015 with a fun, adventurous, 4 day camp at Moonstone Farm! During this week on the farm we will learn all about the journey food takes from the farm to the plate! Through many farm activities, participants will have the chance to learn various concepts of agriculture: soil science, plant growth and harvest, insects and animal production. We will collect eggs from the hens, plants seeds, prepare soil and compost, and observe different micro-organisms in the soil under the microscope. Add some stories, games, and songs to the mix and it will be a fun filled, adventurous week on the farm!


Pioneer Camp

Dates: June 9-11
Times: 9:30am-3:30pm each day
Member Rate: $132
Non-Member Rate: $145

Role-play homestead-style!  During these three days, we will participate in activities that would have been a necessity in the early days on a homestead: caring for animals, building animal pens, planting a garden, making butter in a wooden butter churn – we’ll even design and build our own model homestead cabin.  As we step into the shoes of the many people who have lived and worked at the Hutchinson Homestead, we’ll imagine life on a homestead with the eyes and ears of many different perspectives, sharing our experiences in a homemade journal.  Experience history on a ranch in a whole new way!


Animals on the Ranch

Dates: June 23-25
Times: 9:30-3:30 daily
Member Rate: $132
Non-Member Rate: $145

Have you ever milked a cow, fed a goat, sunk your fingers into the fleece of a sheep, or held a chicken?  Get up close and personal with these animals as we spend three days studying the animals that are raised on a ranch: beef and dairy cattle as well as other meat, milk, egg or yarn producers like goats, sheep and pigs. We’ll learn about the adaptations of these animals as well the skills people have developed to use these animals for our survival. Taking care of animals is a rancher’s most important job. We’ll see how ranchers care for their animals and their land.


Farm Camp at The Meadows Farm

Dates: July 14-16
Times: 9:30am-3:30pm each day
Member Rate: $132
Non-Member Rate: $145

*This camp is full.  Please contact us to get on our waiting list.

Join Guidestone as Farmhands 2015 programs return to the Meadows and Weathervane Farm in Buena Vista for three adventurous days and first-hand experiences with agriculture! We’ll meet real-life farmers, learn where our food comes from, and we’ll help them to care for their vegetable gardens as well as for the chickens, sheep and goats that live on the farm.   Through hands-on activities, farm chores, crafts, games, songs and explorations, we’ll investigate the daily life of a farmer and discover how soil, water, sunshine, plants, animals and people work together to grow a variety of foods. Families will join campers for a harvest feast on the last day of the program.

To Register for any of these 5-12 Year Old Programs Click Here!

 

2015 Farmhands Programs for 8-12 Year Olds

Rancher Mondays for Jr. Ranchers

Dates: Mondays, June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27
Times: 9:30am-3:30pm each day
Member Rate: $44 single class or $308 for the full series (All 8)
Non-Member Rate:
$48 single class or $340 for the full series (All 8)

Our Rancher Monday series this year will be divided into two distinct age groups with 2 separate instructors. Join us every Monday at the Hutchinson Homestead to explore the daily lives of ranchers from both the past and present. Each Monday will begin with ranch chores and feeding the animals, and then we’ll kick off the theme for the week with hands-on activities and adventures. We will learn all about some of the traditional skills ranchers used back in the day and continue to use today. Sign up for a single classes or join us for the full series (All 8). Guest instructors who are experts in their fields will be present at many of these Mondays.

June 8 – Home On the Range
June 15 -Cows & Corrals
June 22 – Pioneer Pantry
June 29 – Leatherworking
July 6 – Natural Fiber Arts
July 13 – Bee’s & Their Bounty
July 20 – Natures Food & Medicine
July 27 – Branding & Roping


Junior Rancher Camp

Date: July 28-30
Time: 9:30-3:30 daily
Member Rate: $132
Non-Member Rate: $145

We have 50% scholarships available for this camp.

Here is a program especially designed for our older Jr. Ranchers!  Have you participated in ranch programs before and are ready for something more?  Then this camp is for you!  Designed specifically for ranch hands ages 8 and up, we will spend three days going more in depth into rancher skills and tasks.  Help Rancher Abby complete a ranch project, move animals each day as they graze along the irrigation ditches, work with blacksmith Harry Hansen to forge your own garden tool, learn how to care for cows and horses and more.

To Register for any of the 8-12 Year Old Programs Click Here!