School Field Trips

Rescue Ranch school field trips are developed by a licensed teacher to offer hands-on animal encounters and interactive activities for students. Programs are based on common core standards to help students explore the curriculum. Each program is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours long (depending on the size of the group). The cost for students is $6 per child. Teachers, assistants and bus drivers are free. The cost for parents and chaperones is $10. To schedule a program for your group or for questions about our education programs, email our Humane Education Manager at or call 704-768-0909 today!

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Preschool Programs

Looking for programs for your preschool students? Then look no further. Rescue Ranch Preschool Buddies programs are 2 hours long. They include a craft, games, stories, snack time (provided by the preschool) and hands-on animal encounters. Pick from one of the seasonal options below:

Autumn Harvest (October)
Students will take a hay ride through our hay art, complete a craft, play games, and meet our animals up close and personal. The cost for this field trip is $8 per child.

Winter Hibernation (November-March)
Find out what animals do in winter. Learn about bears and other animals that hibernate. Use creative play and songs to reinforce learning. Meet our indoor animals up close, and personal.

Pet Care (April-May)
Learn what it takes to care for each of the animals that call Rescue Ranch home. You’ll listen to stories, play games, complete a craft and meet our Rescue Ranch Animal Ambassadors during your program.

Kindergarten through Sixth Grade Programs

Fall Harvest
Students will go on a hay ride and interact with our indoor and outdoor animals. They will learn similarities and differences with where the animals live, what they eat, and other fun facts. Students will also pick out a pumpkin to take home. The cost for this field trip is $8 per child.

Animal Look-alikes

Students learn how to distinguish reptiles, birds and mammals through touch and sight while learning to identify parts of the animals including beaks, tails, claws, paws and hooves. They also study the distinction between fur, feathers, skin and scales, and the differences and/or similarities of behaviors and environmental interactions of each species. (Essential Standard K.L.1)

Plant and Animal Survival
Students learn what plants and animals need to survive through hands-on exploration. They will learn how animals are able to survive with and without human interaction in varying environments of North Carolina. (Essential Standard 1.L.1)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Students learn how animals are able to reduce, reuse, and recycle through hands on presentations. They will create items to reduce energy use and reuse items that would be thrown away. (Essential Standards 1.L.1, 1.G.2, 2.G.2)

Animals from the Beginning
Students will see and experience the unique life cycles of various animals, including reptiles, birds, and mammals, and learn to visually compare the traits of siblings and mother-child pairs. They will also learn the importance of spaying and neutering their dogs, cats, and other pets. *Only offered in the spring months. (Essential Standards 2.L.1, 2.L.2)

Animals Adapting to Live
Students learn about how animals affect their environment. They learn different traits that animals use to survive such as special mouth parts, body coverings, and camouflage. They also learn how humans affect the environment both negatively and positively. (Essential Standards: 4.L.1, 5.L.2)

Humane Education Program
Students learn the proper way to treat animals as they interact with our animals and play games. They will learn what it takes to care for an animal of their own, what laws protect the animals, and ways they can help. We teach them through stories of our animals and their quest for survival.