Field Trips

Rescue Ranch school field trips are developed 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 includes hands on animal encounters led by one of our staff members, feed for the barnyard animals, and time on our sensory nature trails and inclusive playground. The cost for students is $7 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:


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

Pet Care (April-May)
Learn what it takes to care for the animals who call Rescue Ranch home and use your senses to take a walk through the Sensory trail!

Kindergarten through Sixth Grade Programs

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. (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)

General 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.

Exceptional Children Programs

Rescue Ranch offers programs for Exceptional Children that are customized to fit the needs of the students.  On these days we have a classroom set up with large tables to be used as a changing area.  We also have a classroom set up as a calm down room for children who need a break.  See below for types of programs and dates we have set for this year.  Don’t see a date that works?  We can customize a program just for your school.

Summer Camp Trips

Rescue Ranch offers programs for summer camps that are looking for a day full of fun. For these programs, you will spend time in nature and interact with our resident animal ambassadors.

These trips run from 9:30am-3:30pm. Groups will be able to feed the barnyard animals and play on the playground while on site as well. Picnic tables can be reserved in advance. These programs must be booked in advance. The cost is $7 for children and $10 for adults.  Camps will be given one free adult per 10 children.

Nature Explorers 

Come explore our mile long sensory trails! New this year, groups will have STEM stations to complete as they go through the nature trails. Students will also be able to interact with and feed the barnyard animals with a staff guide.