Registration open for Rescue Ranch's spring and summer Critter Camps

Posted at 3:39 PM on Feb 6, 2019


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Parents of students in preschool through eighth-grade can now register their children for Rescue Ranch’s 2019 Critter Camps, including daily spring and one-week summer camp sessions offering hands-on educational experiences with animal interactions.

On March 24, the nonprofit will host a free Critter Camp open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Families can tour the facility, learn about the animal ambassadors, meet the teachers, complete STEM and craft projects, hike the nature trails, and play on the 10,000-square-foot playground. Discounts for upcoming camps will be provided for those who register at the open house.

Critter Camps take place at Rescue Ranch, an animal welfare organization located in Statesville that uses educational programs to promote respect for animals and responsible pet ownership, as well as agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation.

Each week’s activities include interactions with many of Rescue Ranch’s animal ambassadors, including Otis, a curious Holstein Friesian steer; a herd of Nubian/Tennessee fainting goats; Kiwi, a Quaker Parrot; and Hershey, a Lionhead rabbit, among others.

2019 Critter Camp Schedule 

Spring Break

For kindergarten through fifth-grade students, with an option for middle school students to apply to be a junior counselor. The spring break session is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $45 per day or $200 per child per week, April 22-26.

► Go Green For Spring – Campers will learn about and interact with the more than 80 animal ambassadors. They will also create art with recycled materials, be a part of the recycling Olympics, complete science experiments, and come up with new ways to do everyday things that would make Mother Nature proud.

To register for the Spring Break Critter Camp, visit

Summer Camp

For preschool children age four or five, there is one session available June 10-13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $100 per child per four-day week.

► Critter Palooza – This session involves crafts, games, sensory play, as well as interacting with animals such as rabbits, lizards, barnyard animals, and more. Campers this week will be given a free pass to come back on Friday or Saturday for our Summer Family Fun Days.

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

► Critter Palooza – This session will investigate bugs, mammals, reptiles, and animals with wings. Campers will transform into many different animals as they learn and understand their strange characteristics and techniques of survival. The cost is $190 per child per week and the dates include June 17-21 and July 8-12.

► Wild Thing Workshop – Campers will learn how to provide a happy and healthy life to Rescue Ranch’s animal ambassadors while creating new enrichment experiences for them. In addition to sharing the day-to-day activities of pets, campers will come up with ways to make their lives even better. The cost is $190 per child per week and the dates include July 22-26 and July 29-August 2.

► Wild Thing Workshop Part 2 (Daily Camp Options offered Monday-Wednesday this week) – Campers are invited back for another week of enrichment activities by using creativity and the engineering processes to make items that will enhance the lives of Rescue Ranch’s animal ambassadors, in addition to daily animal interaction and assisting with animal care. The cost is $45 per day or $190 per child per week and the dates include August 5-9.

For students entering sixth through eighth grade, there is one themed session available July 15-19 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 sessions available June 24-28 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.

► Critter Palooza – The smaller group setting will offer a one-to-three teacher-student ratio in addition to a buddy system, to provide a more supervised and successful camp experience. Each day will include hands on time with the Rescue Ranch animal ambassadors, crafts, and time on an on-site, fully accessible playground. The cost is $25 per child per week.

To register for this session, please contact Stacey Foreman at (704) 768-0909 or at


A $15 discount applies for any elementary or middle school Summer Critter Camp if registered by March 1. Sibling discounts are also available for all Spring and Summer Critter Camp sessions. For some sessions, extended care is available from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. for $10 per day. Payment plan options are available by request.

Registration will remain open as long as space is available. For more information on Rescue Ranch’s Critter Camps or to register, visit


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.

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