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Posts made in December 2019

Winter 2020 Home School Semester

Winter 2020 Home School Semester Information is up and we have some incredible classes to offer your children this year! Classes begin week of January 13th and run to the week of March 16th.

Double J offers a variety of Home School programs that focus on teaching children skills that nurture a reverence for life, care-taking of both animals and the environment, learning about sustainable agriculture and creating a strong sense of community. Activities are hands on, teach a variety of socially responsible and environmentally friendly lessons and provide city kids an opportunity to get down and dirty on the farm.

Programs run Fall – Spring and are open to children from Kindergarten-12th grade

Class options:
Tiny Animal Adventures – Ages 18mo- 4yrs
Junior Farmers – Ages 3-6 yrs
Equine Science – Ages 7-14 yrs
Animal Science: Habitats – Ages 6-10 yrs
STEM Science (Chemistry & Genetics/Evolution) – Ages 10-15 yrs
Horticulture – Ages 7-14 yrs
Introduction to Digital Photography – Ages 8-18 yrs
Mixed Media Art- Ages 8-18 yrs

More Information, Prices and To Sign Up Click Here!

Meet our Instructors Here!

Complete Winter 2020 Semester Pamphlet Here!

Santa feeding animals with some children

A Note From Butters

December 10th Weekly Newsletter

It’s me, Butters, and I hope your winter coat is thick and lustrous this time of year, just like mine.

Whooo, this winter weather!

Last week was pretty quiet down on the farm, a great week for decorating for Christmas, so I’m setting a goal for how many ornaments I can break with my tail this month. I’m not going to share how many, but it’s definitely double digits.

This weekend we have a gift wrapping workshop and an encore wreath making class. Last Saturday’s wreath class was so much fun we decided to add a second one!

Henrietta is of course invited again to both workshops. Although I do not know why they didn't ask me to join!

We added Parents Night Out nights this coming Friday and next Friday too, for those of you that have holiday parties or shopping to do. The evening starts at 6 PM and goes to 9PM and is perfect for ages 4-12.

Next week’s Junior Farmers and Tiny Animal Adventures classes are all about Hibernation, which is a topic I can get on board with! Kids will definitely get some hedgehog time in!

There’s a lot of talk about fun activities and crafts being planned for Winter Break Riding Camp and Animal Adventure Camp, which runs from December 19th to January 3rd from 10 am to 3 pm (with available before and after care). Seems like a great way to tire out your kittens,

I mean human children, during a long winter’s break.

Last thing- Santa is coming to the farm on Friday, December 13th and Sunday, December 15th. You won’t want to miss this much loved event. I love that guy. He always brings me the catnip I like.

That’s everything happening at Double J Riding Club this week.

This is Butters, signing off!

An orange and white tabby cat

A Note From Butters

December 4th Weekly Newsletter

I’m sure I need no introduction but just in case we haven’t met, I am Butters, the most social barn cat in the whole Midwest. I know absolutely everything that’s going on around the Double J Riding Camp, so much so that they made me the CEO (Cat Executive Officer). I’m the purrfect feline to keep you humans up to date with what’s going on around here.

Last week was Thanksgiving and this cat is thankful for the good times spent with my friend Meru, who passed away last week. She will be missed by many riders, especially Allison and Olivia, who she loved so much. 

In much better Butters news, we had a bustling week filled with campers during Thanksgiving break. We run 2 kinds of camp here, horse camp and animal adventures camp. The kids were here from 10-3 (with available before and after care) and it seemed to me that they were having a blast! Those kids were non-stop; grooming and tacking, riding, making cool crafts, learning farm science, playing silly games and everyone met LOTS of animals (including me, when I felt like playing along).

We will have horse and animal adventure camp here during winter break, too. A really good idea for kids that get cabin fever! You can learn more about it here

Next week things get back to normal, it’s Barn Cat & Farm Dog week for Tiny Animal Adventures (18 months to 4 years) and Junior Farmers (3 years to 6 years). The kids are making pumpkin dog treats, playing herding dog games, going on scavenger hunts for mice ( I approve!) and meeting Sully, an Australian Shepherd, who also lives on the farm. I may or may not show my face so that the kids can learn about how hard I work around here.

I heard there is going to be a wreath workshop on Saturday morning, at 9 AM where humans can come and learn how to make their own wreath out of fresh greens. It sounds like exactly the kind of thing I’d like to get my paws in the middle of. 

Parents Night Out is coming up this Friday night. Human children are dropped off at the farmhouse at 6 pm, where they eat dinner, learn about animals, play games, run around and get very silly (and VERY LOUD) until their parents pick them up at at 9pm.

Kids love it. Barn cats? Not so much. I think I’ve got some mice to catch that night. 

Last thing- Santa is coming to the farm and I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to get some of my fur on that suit for anything! Meet Santa, hear a story, do a craft and meet some of my animal friends on December 13th or 15th. I don’t want to miss it and I bet you won’t either. 


That’s everything happening at Double J this week. 


This is Butters, signing off!