Spring Animal Care Class-Butterflies and Chicks!
Mar
11
to Apr 20

Spring Animal Care Class-Butterflies and Chicks!

In this special 6 week class, come to the Gilchrist Farm and learn how to take care of chickens, ducks, peacocks, turkeys, pigs, goats, sheep and horses.  Each class will focus on an animal or a group of animals for a close up look and feel - feed the animals, brush the animals, gather the eggs, milk a goat, groom a horse, and learn what caring for animals is all about.  

In this special Spring version of the class, students will be watching caterpillars transform into butterflies and will incubate/hatch chicks!  Butterfly release will take place during our Spring Fling on April 20!

Appropriate for all ages with parent. $25 per class or $140 for the series of 6.   

For the spring series, this class is offered Mondays 10-11 AM beginning March 11 , Tuesdays 12-1PM beginning March 12or Wednesdays 5-6PM beginning February 28.

Class 1. All About Goats- While our goats are getting ready to have goat babies we'll trim goat hooves, do some grooming and hair trimming to prep them for the spring, spend time petting and learning about different breeds, housing, food, habits, horns and more!

Class 2. Chickens! -During this class we'll gather eggs from three pens, visit and learn about chicks and chickens and we'll put the eggs into the incubator-setting up for a hatch during week 5.  We'll peek at the eggs, check on their progress and discuss their development in subsequent classes.

Class 3. In the Garden! We'll learn about gardening and how the garden works at the farm.  Children will get to pick some weeds to feed to the animals (they'll feed the goats, bunnies, ducks, tortoise, chickens) and they will get to plant some seeds.  We'll learn about planting for butterflies and we'll get to know our caterpillars, which we'll check on weekly as they develop.  We'll learn a lot about butterflies.

Class 4. This Little Piggy...We'll get up close and personal with our pot bellied pigs and our several breeds of hogs.  We'll learn about the habits and happenings of pigs!  And bunnies.  We'll meet and greet our bunnies and learn how to take care of bunnies.

Class 5. How Now Brown Cow. Cows and Sheep. We’ll learn all about the goings on with cows, sheep and more in this action packed class. Roping, shearing, we’ll cover the basics for bovine and ovine care in this fun class.

Class 6. Hatching and Morphing!  By class 6, we should have some hatching happening from the eggs we incubated.  Our butterflies will have or will be emerging!  And...baby goats should be hopping around.  We'll focus on chicks, hatching and butterflies emerging during this class.  We'll visit with the peacocks, who should be strutting their spring time best!  

Everyone who participates in this series is invited to join us on Saturday, April 20th during our Egg Hunt and Spring Fling to participate in our butterfly release at noon!  The kids will get to release the butterflies they watched transform during the class into the butterfly garden and the wild!

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Horsemanship Group Series
Mar
11
to Apr 17

Horsemanship Group Series

In the 6 week Horsemanship Group Series students are introduced to horse handling safety, grooming, breeds, disciplines, and basic riding skills. As each rider progresses, additional skills are introduced as appropriate. Each class is one and half hours. Class may be repeated to refresh and advance skills.

Children ages 4 and up are eligible to participate in this series. Students should wear long pants or jeans, closed toed shoes or boots and may use our helmets or bring their own certified horse riding helmets.

Class may be taken alone or combined with the Animal Care Series.

Classes meet on Mondays at 11AM, Tuesdays at 12PM and Wednesdays at 5PM.

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Intro to Soap Making
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Soap Making

Learn how to make your own goats milk soap!  In this class, we'll make soap from goat's milk and learn about how to select ingredients, mix and match and make your own natural soap! Take home your makings in a few days...and enjoy natural soap without the extra additives and chemicals.  Soap made during class will need to be picked up two days after class, beginning on August 27.  Each participant will take 2-4 bars.  Geared toward adults and children 10 and over (some mature children can participate with a parent).  
 

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Horsemanship and Animal Care Class Combo
Aug
20
to Sep 26

Horsemanship and Animal Care Class Combo

In this special 5 week class combined class, come to the Gilchrist Farm to learn all about horsemanship & horseback riding in the first hour and a half and all about the other animals at the farm in the next hour!  This 2.5 hour course includes one and a half hours of horsemanship & horseback riding and one hour of animal care.

In addition to learning to ride, in the horsemanship portion of the class students will learn  safety, mounting, leading, handling, showmanship, disciplines and horse care.  This is an excellent overview for a beginner or a solid immersion for a student with experience.

In the Animal Care portion of the class, students will learn how to take care of chickens, ducks, peacocks, geese, pigs, bunnies, goats and cows (and even get a cameo appearance from our mini mule Tika).  Each class will focus on an animal or a group of animals for a close up look and feel - feed the animals, brush the animals, gather the eggs, trim a goats nails, groom a horse, and learn what caring for animals is all about.  

We will gather, incubate and hatch chicken or quail eggs and we will care for caterpillars and watch them emerge as butterflies.  During a special event Saturday September 29 at noon we'll release the butterflies during opening weekend of the Gilchrist Farm Harvest Festival.

Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

All participants must wear long pants and closed toe shoes or boots to every class.

This class is offered Mondays 10AM-12:30PM  beginning August 20, and Tuesdays 12-2:30PM beginning August 21, and 4-6:30PM Wednesdays August 22.   No class the week of September 3 (Labor Day Week).

Students using funds from charter and homeschool, use your school's code at check out (INSPIRE, SAGEOAK, SKYMOUNTAIN, etc.).

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Summer Camp 2018!
Jun
25
to Aug 3

Summer Camp 2018!

Gilchrist Farm Summer Camp!!!

Horse care, grooming, riding and an end of the week horse show!  Learn how to groom, tack up, and ride horses or enhance your current riding expertise by trying something new.  End the week with a super fun horse show (with ribbons and prizes) for your friends and family to enjoy!

Milk goats, gather eggs, pet pigs and bunnies, feed the ducks and tortoise, enjoy the horses and take the mini mule for a walk!   Gather some fresh vegetables and fruits from the garden.   Watch eggs hatch and learn to care for chicks!  

Country Arts & Crafts galore!  Soap and candle making, leather working, rag doll making, and wood working.

GAMES!  Milk jug bowling, horse shoes, corn hole, water balloon battles, tug o war, gunny sack races, and more!

Typical schedule:

8:00 -10:00 Horse care and riding

10:00-12:00 (Snacks) Goat milking, petting zoo, egg gathering, animal care and fun with animals!

12:00-2:00 Lunch, gardening, games, arts & crafts

Camp is suitable for children age 5 and older.  All campers need to wear closed toed shoes, a sun hat, sun screen and bring a refillable water bottle and lunch.  Snacks and more drinks are provided.  The day is scheduled to limit heavy sun exposure, provide breaks, and drink plenty of water.  

Extended day care is available for $25/day until 6PM. 

SPACE is limited!  Five weeks only.  Weeks of June 25,  July 9,  July 16, July 23, and July 30.  Monday-Friday 8AM-2PM.  $275/week.  $50 Registration Fee.   Siblings enrolled in same week receive 5% discount.  

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Intro to Soap Making-Spring Break Class!
Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Soap Making-Spring Break Class!

Learn how to make your own goats milk soap!  In this class, we'll make soap from goat's milk and learn about how to select ingredients, mix and match and make your own natural soap! Take home your makings in a few days...and enjoy natural soap without the extra additives and chemicals.  Soap made during class will need to be picked up two days after class, beginning on April 7.  Each participant will take 4 bars.  Geared toward adults and children 8 and over (some mature children can participate with a parent).  
 

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Horsemanship and Animal Care Class Combo
Jan
8
to Feb 6

Horsemanship and Animal Care Class Combo

In this special 5 week class combined class, come to the Gilchrist Farm to learn all about horsemanship & horseback riding in one hour and all about the other animals at the farm in the next!  This 2 hour course includes one hour of horsemanship & horseback riding and one hour of animal care.

In addition to learning to ride, in the horsemanship portion of the class students will learn  safety, mounting, leading, handling, showmanship, disciplines and horse care.  This is an excellent overview for a beginner or a solid immersion for a student with experience.

In the Animal Care portion of the class, students will learn how to take care of chickens, ducks, peacocks, geese, pigs, bunnies & goats (and even get a cameo appearance from our mini mule Tika).  Each class will focus on an animal or a group of animals for a close up look and feel - feed the animals, brush the animals, gather the eggs, trim a goats nails, groom a horse, and learn what caring for animals is all about.  

Appropriate for ages 4 and up. Available as a series only for $300 total for the entire series of 5 two hour classes.  

This class is offered Mondays 10-12 AM beginning January 8, and Tuesdays 12-2PM beginning January 9.    

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