REGISTRATION OPENS FOR RESCUE RANCH’S SPRING AND SUMMER CRITTER CAMPS

Parents of preschoolers to eighth-grade students can now register their children for Rescue Ranch’s 2021 Critter Camps, daily spring and daily/one-week summer camp sessions offering hands-on educational experiences with animal interactions.

Critter Camps are designed to be fun, educational camp experiences for children who love animals. All camps involve daily interaction with animals, games, crafts and STEM activities. Campers will learn how to care for animals, provide enrichment, and to promote humane animal care to others.

In addition, and weather depending, campers will explore the Ranch’s walking trails and have access to the 10,000 square foot inclusive Earnhardt Family playground.

Assisting with each camp session are Rescue Ranch’s permanent residents and animal ambassadors that include steer, turkeys, miniature horses, potbellied pigs, a variety of parrots, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, lizards, tortoises and more.

The 2021 Critter Camp schedule is as follows:

Spring Break

For kindergarten through fifth-grade students, the spring break session is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per day or $190 per child, per week, March 8-12.

  • Farming with my Gnomies –This week campers will learn about gardening and taking care of the Ranch’s farm animals. Students will complete STEM experiments, have hands on animal interactions, craft and plant a garden at the Ranch.

To register for the Spring Break Critter Camp, visit rescueranch.com/programs/camps/.

Summer Camp

For preschool children age four or five, there are two sessions available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Myth Busters – Campers will solve common myths about science and animals. The cost is $100 per child, per four-day session and the dates include June 14-17.
  • Shipwrecked – Campers will learn about the kinds of animals you find on an island and their environment. The cost is $100 per child, per four-day session and the dates include July 19-22.

For children entering kindergarten through fifth grade, there are seven themed, weekly sessions available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Myth Busters – Campers will solve common myths about science and animals. The cost is $200 per child, per five-day session and the dates include June 7-11, June 14-18, June 21-15 and July 5-9 ($40 per day for July session).
  • Shipwrecked – Campers will learn about the kinds of animals you find on an island and their environment. The cost is $200 per child, per five-day session and the dates include July 19-23, July 26-30 and August 2-6.

For students entering sixth through eighth grade, there is one themed weeklong session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Animal Careers –From veterinarians, to zookeepers, to wildlife rehabilitators campers will learn about all different careers for animal lovers. The cost is $200 per child, per week and the date is July 12-16.

For campers with special needs, entering first through sixth grade, there are two weeklong, half day, sessions available from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 – 4 p.m.

  • Shipwrecked – Campers will learn about the kinds of animals you find on an island and their environment. The cost is $25 per child, per week. No additional discounts are available this week as the cost has been reduced thanks to donor support and the date is June 28 - July 2.

These session are open to children with disabilities including but not limited to, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other special needs that require more supervision and a smaller group setting in order to have a successful camp experience. This camp is taught by certified teachers with exceptional children experience who are first aid and CPR certified.

To register for this session, please contact Allyson Floyd at (704) 768-0909 or at education@rescueranch.com.

A 10 percent discount applies for any preschool, elementary or middle school Summer Critter Camp if registered by March 15 or a 5 percent discount if registered by May 1. Also available is a $10 sibling discount when registered together. For some sessions, extended care is available from 8-9 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. for $15 per day.

Registration will remain open as long as space is available. For more information on Rescue Ranch’s Critter Camps or to register, visit rescueranch.com/programs/camps/. Payment plans and partial scholarships are available.

About Rescue Ranch:

Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded by Krissie Newman and NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. The 87-acre facility offers school, Scout and camp programs, birthday parties and private tours, which promote humane education through hands-on learning. Rescue Ranch is located in Statesville, North Carolina - less than an hour from Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Hickory.

 

 


Charlotte Stories: NC’s Rescue Ranch Launches Foster and Adoption Program

Thanks to Charlotte Stories for sharing more about our new foster/adoption program! To view the whole story head here, https://www.charlottestories.com/ncs-rescue-ranch-launches-foster-and-adoption-program/.


Charlotte Today: New Animal Ambassadors and Virtual Auction

Our Development & Volunteer Manager, Amy Kwiatkowski, recently joined Charlotte Today's Eugene Robinson to introduce three of our newest animal ambassadors and to talk about our virtual auction. Check it out here, https://www.wcnc.com/article/entertainment/television/charlotte-today/rescue-ranch-fundraiser/275-82a6f71c-5e0d-4dec-927e-d723f66c1791.   


RESCUE RANCH LAUNCHES FOSTER AND ADOPTION PROGRAM

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 11, 2020) – Since 2012, Rescue Ranch has operated animal education programs on its 87-acre property in Statesville. Over the years, the facility has grown with programs, animal ambassadors, nature trails and with the addition of a 10,000 square foot adaptive playground.

Today, the nonprofit has grown once again with the announcement of its Rescue Ranch Foster and Adoption Program. The program is opening up applications for foster families while it awaits adoptable animals. For now, no animals in the program will reside at the Ranch but instead with go into foster care.

The Ranch will work with local shelters and other animal nonprofits to rescue dogs and cats to be adopted out. In the future, the nonprofit hopes to add farm animals, bunnies, hamsters and exotics. The adoption fees will include vaccinations and spaying/neutering to promote responsible ownership.

“This is such an exciting day for us,” said co-founder, Krissie Newman. “When we dreamed of starting the Ranch one of our goals was to add a foster/adoption program to our list of offerings. We currently have over 80 animal ambassadors that are permanent residents at the Ranch and help us with animal education programs, but we know there are so many other animals in need of the loving homes they deserve.

“The pandemic has hit so many families hard and many animals have suffered as well. We’re honored to help find homes for these impacted animals and place them with safe and caring foster families while they await their forever families,” added Newman.

For more information on the Rescue Ranch Foster and Adoption Program and to download a foster application, visit RescueRanchAdoptions.com, call (704) 768-0927 or email adopt@rescueranch.com.

About Rescue Ranch:

Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded by Krissie Newman and NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. The 87-acre facility offers school, Scout and camp programs, birthday parties and private tours, which promote humane education through hands-on learning. The Ranch is located in Statesville, North Carolina - less than an hour from Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Hickory. For more information on Rescue Ranch visit, rescueranch.com, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 

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RESCUE RANCH TO LAUNCH VIRTUAL AUCTION DECEMBER 10

Kicking off at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 Rescue Ranch will launch a virtual auction to raise funds for the 87-acre animal education nonprofit. The online auction will run until Thursday, Dec. 17 and will feature items such as a custom-made dining room table, artwork, a private meal by the Moyer’s restaurant, an assortment of NASCAR items from different drivers, and more.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit Rescue Ranch’s missions of utilizing educational programs to promote respect for animals and responsible pet ownership, as well as agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the auction replaces the annual holiday dinner which would have celebrated its 16th year in 2020.

“Like all nonprofits, we’ve shifted our fundraising events to help keep our community safe during this time,” said co-founder, Krissie Newman. “We’re sad to not have the opportunity to see our supporters at our annual holiday dinner, however, we’re excited to launch the auction online so that supporters from across the country can participate. We have some amazing items for folks to bid on with all proceeds going directly back to the Ranch.

“More importantly, we have a really exciting announcement that we will make during the virtual auction on Dec. 10 that involves the continued growth of the Ranch and our mission!”

To join the live auction on Dec. 10 head to rescueranch.com, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information contact, Amy Kwiatkowski at (704) 768-0909 or amy@rescueranch.com.

About Rescue Ranch:

Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded by Krissie Newman and NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. The 87-acre facility offers school, Scout and camp programs, birthday parties and private tours, which promote humane education through hands-on learning. Rescue Ranch is located in Statesville, North Carolina - less than an hour from Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Hickory. For more information on Rescue Ranch visit, rescueranch.com, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 

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Lake Norman Currents Magazine

Our education director enjoyed a visit from the staff at Lake Norman Currents Magazine a few weeks back! To view the story on their visit, grab a copy of July's edition and head to page 20 or check out the web version here, https://issuu.com/lakenormancurrents/docs/lnc_issue_0720?fr=sNzk0MjczNDQ.


WBTV QC Morning Show: Critter Camps and More

Humane Education Director, Stacey Foreman recently appeared on QC Morning Show with Stu, our Leopard Gecko. Check out all of the new and exciting things going on at the Ranch this summer: https://qclife.wbtv.com/critter-camp-at-rescue-ranch/.


RESCUE RANCH TO REOPEN FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS WHILE ASSISTING LOCAL PET OWNERS IN NEED

 

Animal education nonprofit back open with precautions being taken to protect guests and animals

STATESVILLE, N.C. (May 28, 2020) – Rescue Ranch has reopened its doors and education programs to the public with guidance from the state’s Phase Two guidelines. There are several options for local families to engage with the ranch’s over 80 animal ambassadors, while participating in humane animal education.

Rescue Ranch is also partnering with Restore Global to support local families with its COVID-19 Pet Food Assistance Program. Families affected by the pandemic with loss of jobs, can apply for free dog and cat food on the nonprofit’s website at rescueranch.com.

Critter Camp, daily and one-week summer camp sessions offering hands-on educational experiences with animal interactions, kick off the week of June 8 and run through August 7. Class sizes have been reduced to a 1:10 student-teacher ratio for elementary and middle school students and a 1:8 ratio for preschool students with morning health screenings.

Elementary camps are $40 per day and $190 per week. Middle School Vet Camp is $200 per week and Preschool camp is $100 per week.

For those interested in a Critter Camp coming to you, Rescue Ranch is offering Critter Camp Uncaged with activity boxes specialized for preschoolers and elementary age children. Each box will include a camp shirt, games for the family, and activities that can be done alone or in a group at home.

The preschool box includes a sensory bin, craft, and five different activities and the elementary box includes nine craft and STEM activities. Boxes are $35 including a shirt and $20 without the shirt. Pick up is free and shipping is $15. Boxes will be available June 1 for pickup/shipping

In addition, two family events are being offered in June on Rescue Ranch’s property.

Beginner Buddies Preschool Days, designed for children 1 – 5 years of age and their families, is June 1 and June 2 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Each event session will feature water tables, crafts, playground, nature trails and animal presentations in small groups.

Outdoor Explorers Days, designed for elementary and middle school students and their families, is June 12 and June 13 from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. Each event session will feature large outdoor games, STEM challenges, playground, nature trails and animal presentations in small groups.

The cost for both Beginner Buddies Preschool Days and Outdoor Explorers Days is $7 for children and $10 for adults. RSVPs for each event are required to accommodate the state’s Phase 2 restrictions.

Private tours are also available for families of nine or less each day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tours will be conducted in a private and sanitized room with multiple animal interactions. Each tour takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half. After the tour, quests will have access to the nature trails and playground and are invited to bring a snack or picnic lunch to enjoy outside.

Private tours are $20 for adults and $10 for children and required reservations 48 hours in advance.

For more information on any of these events, including to RSVP, registering for camps, or on the Rescue Ranch COVID-19 Pet Food Assistance Program visit, rescueranch.com or call (704) 768-0909.

About Rescue Ranch:

Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded by Krissie Newman and NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. The 87-acre facility offers school, Scout and camp programs, birthday parties and private tours, which promote humane education through hands-on learning. Rescue Ranch is located in Statesville, North Carolina - less than an hour from Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Hickory.


WJZY: Virtual Classroom

Humane Education Director Stacey Foreman shared our first lesson in our virtual classroom today on WJZY's Good Day Charlotte featuring animal habitats with our bunny ambassadors.

Watch her interview (featuring her son Lucas!) here: https://www.fox46charlotte.com/video/667634.