“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
New! Friday homeschool sessions
Using the 4H curriculum, each class provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Children complete hands-on projects in a positive environment in areas like health, science, leadership and agriculture. Your children will not only have fun while learning at the ranch, but they will also gain friendships and many life skills. They will also participate in at least one service project per class session.
Children between the ages 5-14 will be in class together, with two ranch helper’s, and no more than 12 children in a class. Children 15-18 have the opportunity to volunteer as a ranch helper, if interested please click on Ranch Helper.
School Year Sessions
Starting September 17th!
Home school sessions will be held one day a week on Mondays or Thursdays 10:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. or Fridays 12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Each Session runs for 8 weeks. Cost for each 8 week session is $320
*Please click on registration to see the most updated session availability.
Mondays: September 17th – November 5th SESSION FULL Thursdays: September 20th – November 8th SESSION FULL Fridays: September 21st – November 9th SESSION FULL
Mondays: November 12th – January 21st No class: Nov 19th, Dec 24th & 31st SESSION FULL Thursdays: November 15th – January 24th No class: Nov 22nd, Dec 20th & 27th SESSION FULL Fridays: November 16th – January 25th No Class: Nov 23rd, Dec 21st & 28th SESSION FULL
Mondays: January 28th – March 18th SESSION FULL Thursdays: January 31st – March 21st SESSION FULL
Fridays: February 1st – March 22nd 2 SPOTS AVAILABLE
Mondays: March 25th – May 21st No class: April 22nd SESSION FULL Thursdays: March 28th – May 23rd No class: April 18th SESSION FULL
Fridays: March 29th – May 24th No class: April 19th 1 SPOT AVAILABLE
Sample Daily Schedule
Each session is different and was created with all levels in mind. However, for children interested in attending more than one session, each session builds upon the previous. This means children will have more growth and leadership opportunities with each session they attend.
10:05- Pledge of allegiance, safety and rules, six pillars of character focus: Responsibility
10:15-Hike to Oak tree or Team Building Game
10:30-Ranch chores-Feed animals, clean coops, garden
11:30-Lunch! Food preparation, examples- Cheesy chicken taquitos, Broccoli pesto and noodles, Lentil vegetable stew, cornbread and chili and carrot raisin salad
12:30- Animal project, discuss, and do presentations
1:00- Wood, Art, Garden, or Service project for two weeks each project, examples: Garden- create their own garden, Wood project- finish flower box, art create a Leaf Mandala, Service- Package meal for community service project- Feeding the elderly,
Description of Schedule
Ranch Chores – Children will feed and water poultry and pastured animals, and milk when in season. They will care for plants in garden beds (including weed control), harvest, compost and help with harvest share.
Group Projects – Children will learn about a variety of topics from the 4H skills for life animal series workbooks. Current project topics include rabbit, poultry, meat goat, swine, sheep, plants, cattle, insects, birds, and honey bees.
Presentations- Children will have the opportunity to talk about an animal of their choice, and discuss what they have learned with the class. This is a very important part of their learning by doing experience. Children can present by themselves, with family members, or with another member of the group.
Lunch Preparation – Children will learn about food preparation and preservation. We will be preparing lunch together as a group, which means no need to pack your child’s lunch, unless there is a food allergy!* Each child will be asked to bring one ingredient called for the recipe each week.
Hike – Children will hike up to the Oak tree for observation.
Team building activity- Acres of adventures is one curriculum we use that cultivates excitement for science and agriculture through a variety of hands-on agriculturally based activities. Children will participate in a variety of team building games and activities.
Six pillars of character– Each week we the group will work on a new character building topic. To learn more about the six pillars of character please click on Character.
Purdue Extension– Using the 4h Gardening curriculum children learn how to plan an in-ground or container garden, how to prepare the soil, and when, where, and what to plant.
Woodworking wonders– Using the national 4-H woodworking youth activity guide children will learn how to use hand tools, safety rules, and build their own wood projects.
Get started in Art- Children create their own work of art using the 4H Art curriculum.
Community Service Project– Participating in community services gives children a sense of pride and happiness in helping others, and also helps to foster a sense of responsibility. We make a meal to donate to the community in each session.
Please see the Ranch tab for instructions on being prepared for classes at the ranch.
Pick up and drop off will be located at the gate on Hess road in front of the Ranch. We make it easy on you, you don’t even have to get out of your car!