Children no longer have abundant access to nature and to their own self-discovery in wild spaces; therefore, we offer visits to the ranch for children to explore the natural world with all their senses — to wade in our ponds, watch bison roam and observe tadpoles, dragonflies and plants in their natural habitat.
We offer activities designed to increase sensory awareness and observation skills and to target life and earth science benchmarks. We are happy to work with teachers who would like to develop their own lesson plans for a refuge visit, as well.
The refuge provides areas for hiking, sitting quietly and we have a school-house for inclement weather and messy art projects.
All visits to the refuge include a service-project, so that children can develop stewardship and responsibility for the natural environment. We design service projects in such a way that students can take positive and fun ownership and return to the ranch to see the benefits of their care and labor.