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.

 


WJZY Good Day Charlotte: Critter Camps

It's always a treat visiting our friends at WJZY's Good Day Charlotte. Stella and Mushy enjoyed their time in front of the camera with Jason and Leslie talking Spring Break Critter Camps. Leslie was afraid Mushy might have a "problem" on the air. Watch and see what she was afraid of: https://www.fox46charlotte.com/video/660734 

 


WCNC Charlotte Today: Critter Camps

Animal care coordinator, Leslie Smith, brought Graham Cracker and Jaba on WCNC's Charlotte Today to talk Spring Break and Summer Critter Camps.

                

We also ran into our friend and longtime supporter, Larry Sprinkle. Larry usually loves to visit with our bird animal ambassadors but on this day he was enjoying some cuddles from Graham Cracker!


WBTV QC Morning Show: Spring Break and Summer Critter Camps

Rescue Ranch

Our director of education, Stacey, debuted our newest animal ambassador, Avery, a New Zealand White rabbit on WBTV's QC Morning Show to talk Critter Camps. She also brought along one of our Leopard Geckos, Stu, who found a warm and cozy spot until he became camera shy!

Check out her entire interview here: https://qclife.wbtv.com/spring-summer-critter-camps-at-rescue-ranch/ .


WGHP-TV: Animal Ambassadors Make Super Bowl Predictions

WGHP FOX 8 News shares Fauna, Smalls, Millie and Pineapple's Super Bowl predictions for the San Francisco 49ers versus the Kansas City Chiefs.. Check it out here: https://bit.ly/2GJH3NL


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

Two Exceptional Children Camp sessions offered

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2020) – Parents of preschoolers to eighth-grade students can now register their children for Rescue Ranch’s 2020 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, guinea pigs, snakes, lizards, tortoises and more.

The 2020 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 $175 per child, per week, March 9-13. Extended care is available from 8-9 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. for $10 per day.

  • Habitat Explores – Have you ever wondered why you see polar bears in the arctic but not in the desert? Or why you don’t see reptiles playing in the snow? This week campers will learn about different habitats and the animals that live there. Throughout the week campers will play games and complete crafts related to each habitat.

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.

  • Adventure Land – Just like you, animals go on adventures too! Campers will travel through the animal kingdom to learn what life is like for different animals. Each day, children will have animal interactions, games, crafts, and sensory stations. The cost is $100 per child, per four-day session and the dates include June 29-July 2.
  • Animal Olympians – If the animal kingdom hosted its own Olympic games who would be the fastest? Who would be the strongest? Campers will find out these answers and more as they learn about and interact with the Rescue Ranch Animal Ambassadors and participate in their own Olympic games. The cost is $100 per child, per four-day session and the dates include July 13-16.

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

  • Adventure Land – Just like you, animals go on adventures too! Campers will travel through the animal kingdom to learn what life is like for different animals. Children will have animal interactions, games, crafts, and sensory stations each day. The cost is $190 per child, per week and the dates include June 8-11 (daily camp offered), June 15-19 and June 22-26.
  • Animal Olympians – If the animal kingdom hosted its own Olympic games who would be the fastest? Who would be the strongest? Campers will find out these answers and more as they learn about and interact with the Rescue Ranch Animal Ambassadors and participate in their own Olympic games each day. The cost is $190 per child, per week and the dates include July 20-24, July 27-31, August 3-7 (daily camp offered).

For students entering sixth through eighth grade, there is one themed weeklong session available July 13-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $200 per child, per week.

  • Future Veterinarian –Campers will have mock clinics with local veterinarians throughout the week while learning about the diverse facets of veterinary life and the care they provide to our furry friends.

For campers with special needs, entering first through sixth grade, there are two weeklong, half day, sessions available July 6-10 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 – 4 p.m.

These sessions 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.

  • Adventure Land – Just like you, animals go on adventures too! Campers will travel through the animal kingdom to learn what life is like for different animals. Children will have animal interactions, games, crafts, and sensory stations each day and time on an on-site, fully accessible playground. 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.

To register for this session, please contact Stacey Foreman at (704) 768-0909 or at stacey@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 $10 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 her husband, 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.

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