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2020-2021 Registration Information
Nature Sage Program
Session 3A and 3B 1 DAY CLASS TUITION: $570.00 for 5 weeks Wednesdays GRADES: 6th-9th CLASS SIZE: 11 CLASS DURATION: 9:30am-3:30pm, 1 Day a week, Wednesdays Session 4 1 DAY CLASS TUITION: $684.00 for 6 weeks GRADES: 6th-9th CLASS SIZE: 11 CLASS DURATION: 9:30am-3:30pm, 1 Day a week, Wednesdays
|Sienna Ranch’s Nature Sages Teen Program is designed to deepen each student’s connection with nature while building an individual sense of self and purpose. Through hands-on creative projects we will build skills related to survival, nature connection, homesteading, and ancient arts. By fostering an awareness of the outside world, we will build connections to our inner experience through personal reflection and group activities. Nature Sages will have the opportunity to grow as leaders as they work together as a team.
Nature Sages is open to all levels of experience. Whether you have grown up at Sienna Ranch or you are joining us for the very first time- everyone is welcome!
Students in the program are:
Animal Apprentice Program
Session 4 1 DAY CLASS TUITION: $325.00 for 6 weeks (April 17th- May 22nd) AGES: 13-16 CLASS SIZE: 8 CLASS DURATION: 10am-1pm Saturdays (April 17th-May 22nd) with a minimum of 2 weeks onsite for summer camp (May 31-August 13)
Apprentices in this program complete six Saturday classes (April 17-May 22, 2021) that will combine hands-on practical animal care training as well as instruction in history, diets, enclosure setups, and care protocols for the animals we care for at Sienna Ranch including horses, goats, sheep, ducks, and chickens. After completing the 6 week training class, students will participate in a minimum of 2 weeks of onsite Apprenticeship for the Sienna Ranch Summer Camps (May 31-August 13, 2021).
Students will learn how to properly care for the variety of animals at the ranch by learning stall cleaning, nutrition, care, and behavior. Special focus will be on horse care including mucking, leading, grooming, and tacking
NOTE: Students must apply for the apprenticeship program. Apprentices from previous years do not need to apply and will be automatically given a spot. After completion of class and summer apprenticeship, students may be eligible for continuing in the 2021-2022 school year apprenticeship.
The Sienna Ranch Animal Care Apprenticeship Program is highly selective and an incredibly valuable learning experience. A strong commitment is required for this program. Apprentices will be required to attend all 6 classes and a minimum of 2 summer camp sessions. Participants will report to the Animal Care Manager (ACM). This program is an opportunity for teens to further grow their animal care knowledge, leadership skills, and gain valuable work experience as a part of a team.
Requirements for the Class:
- Must be able to attend all 6 Saturday classes (April 17-May 22) with a minimum of 2 weeks’ commitment onsite for summer camp (May 31-August 13)
- In Ages 13-16 as of Spring 2021
- Comfortable around farm animals, including horses, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and cats
- Patience for animals and children
- Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
- An interest in learning new skills
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
- After completion of this program, Apprentices will know:
- how to clean all of the animal stalls;
- lead, groom, and tack our horses;
- understand animal behavior and handling;
- learn about animal training;
- understand livestock animal nutrition and care;
- learn how to safely and independently work around our animals.
- The goal of this program is to train Apprentices for Summer Camp. During Summer Camp, Apprentices will prepare horses for riding—including grooming, leading, tacking, and untacking—water riding areas, and assist the riding instructor in the arena. When not working directly with the horse camp, apprentices will have the opportunity to interact with other ranch animals and assist the Animal Care Manager with specialty projects.
- Apprentices are expected to arrive on time and be prepared to fully participate in the class. Participants must have the maturity and comfort level to work independently and in a team environment, be comfortable working around children and farm animals, and possess the ability to problem solve. Maintaining a positive attitude and the ability to be flexible is imperative in this position.
- Apprentices should understand that animal care happens regardless of the weather conditions, so they should be prepared to work in a variety of weather (rain, heat, mud, etc.).