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Farm PROGRAMS

Double J Riding Club classes and programs are designed to support early childhood, homeschool and students away from school with hands-on learning in a variety of academic, physical, and social areas.

Double J offers a variety of Farm Classes for children ages one and up. Our classes focus on teaching children skills that nurture a reverence for life, care-taking of both animals and the environment, sensory learning, and so much more! Our classes take place both indoors and outdoors and provide a unique environment to learn about animals, plants and ecology through interacting with them rather than just reading about them. We emphasize fostering a child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth using our farm, animals, gardens and nature areas.

Programs run Year Round and are open to children ages one and up.

WINTER 2022/23 ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN!

Looking for a yearlong multi-hour program for your children to grow in confidence, learn in a safe and consistent environment and  build life-long friendships? Then check out our FARM SCHOOL today!

2022-23 enrollment is open for children ages 3 to 15.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FARM SCHOOL

 

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AGE RANGE

PARENT-TOT

Parent-tot classes are created for our littlest adventurers, ages 1-4, and focus on sensory learning, music, games, art, imaginative play and stories.  These classes encourage students to work at their own pace so that they can learn while still receiving help from their actively participating guardian.

JUNIORS

Junior classes at Double J Riding Club are created for children ages 3 -7. These hands-on programs allow children to learn through purposeful play and discovery. Children will build confidence around animals in a safe environment and explore nature in every class.

YOUTH

Youth classes at Double J Riding Club are designed for children ages 5 and up. These classes not only incorporate a hands-on learning philosophy, but will dive deeper into animal care, science, agriculture, and art techniques.

Tiny Animal Adventures

Ages: 1-4 years old

Available: Winter Months Monday and Friday 9:30-10:30 am and Wednesday 11:00-12:00 pm. Spring M-W-F 10 am. Summer M-W-F 9:30 am and 11 am

Join our caregiver and tot class held at the silo classroom. Our littles farmers will learn about farm animals through a variety of activities. Activities may include listening to a story, creating a craft, playing a game, or making food for animals. Each class ends with a visit to the farm to meet and greet our animals. This class is perfect for getting children ready for Junior Farmers or Farm School. Each week is a different theme which makes it perfect to try out multiple weeks.

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Touch a Tractor 

Ages: 1-4 years old

Available: May 31st and July 7th. June 2nd and July 7th will have a riding lesson.

Touch-A-Tractor event gives children of ages 1-7 the chance to look at, touch, and climb through all kinds of real-life tractors and farm equipment! Additionally children will have a ball playing in our tractor dig, cleaning the tractors and of course meeting all of our favorite farm animals!

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Tortoise tea

Ages: 1-4 years old

Available: June 2nd. May 31st will have a Pony Ride for ages 3-7

Spring is here and it’s time to celebrate our tortoise friends! Join us in our outdoor venue as we read a tortoise story, learn about tortoises, make tea and treats for the tortoises, and of course, meet and greet our friends. It’s going to be a totally terrific time for tortoises and tots! Caregivers are welcome to attend the tea with their children.

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Farm Friends Story Time

Ages: 1-4 years old

Available: Mondays, Friday 11:00 am- 12:00 pm and Wednesday 9:30 am- 10:30 am

Who doesn’t like curling up with a good book? Join us for Farm Friends Story Time starring some of our favorite farmyard animals! Each story will come alive with a related activity to follow. Activities will vary from art projects, to recipe making to interactive play. The storyline will continue as we visit some of the star characters and their friends on a farm tour. Don’t miss out on this adventure!

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Bunny Brunch

Ages: 3-7

Available: Week of March 27th and April 10th. The week of April 1oth will include riding

Let’s celebrate this Easter season by making brunch for our bunnies and their friends! We’ll create a buffet of food to feed out to our seasonal stars, go on an Easter egg hunt and create a themed craft. You will certainly leave in a holiday mood after spending some time with our bunnies and friends!

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Rodeo Roundup

Ages: 3-7 years old

Available: Winter Months  Monday 12:30-1:30 pm

Offered Spring Semester:

Week of February 27th-April 3rd- Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Week of April 17th-May 15th- Fridays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Offered In Summer:

Week of June 5th-July 17th- Mondays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Week of July 24th-August 28th- Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls! This class is all about Rodeo fun! Each week will focus on a different aspect of being a proper cowboy or cowgirl. Learn to lasso, take care of your horse, or how to just have fun while working on a farm. Yeehaw! There will be a pony ride in every class.

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Junior Farmers

Ages: 3-7 years old

Available: Winter Months  Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 pm

Offered Spring Semester:

Week of February 27th-April 3rd- Fridays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Week of April 17th-May 15th- Mondays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Week of June 5th-July 17th- Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Week of July 24th-August 28th- Fridays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Junior Farmers learn through hands-on, nature-based experiences that address the developmental needs of children ages 3 to 7 as they explore the plant life and animals at our farm. Every week has its own seasonal appropriate theme, so your child will learn new concepts all year long! These themes guide our educational activities and include a variety of: animal, agricultural, science, art and nature topics. There will be a pony ride in every class!

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Unicorn Riders

Ages: 3-7 years old

Available: Winter Months Fridays 12:30-1:30 pm

Offered Spring Semester:

Week of February 27th-April 3rd- Mondays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Week of April 17th-May 15th- Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Offered Summer Semester:

Week of June 5th-July 17th- Fridays from 12:30-1:30 pm

Week of July 24th-August 28th- Mondays 12:30-1:30 pm

This class is about all things Unicorn! Each week we will explore a different reason why unicorns are so awesome! Activities will vary from story time to crafts to games and more. Class would not be complete without meeting one of our very own unicorns and going on a UNICORN PONY RIDE! Don’t miss out on this magical class!

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Dr. Seuss On the Loose

Ages: 4-7 years old

Available: Winter Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm

Students will learn Science, Math, Music, Literacy, Social Studies, Art, and Physical Education concepts through hands-on activities inspired by Dr. Seuss books. Each week of this class focuses on a different Dr. Seuss book which makes it perfect to try out a single session for just $21!

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Farm Art

Ages: 4-7 years old

Available: Winter Thursdays 1:45-2:45  pm

This course will allow students to experiment with paint, watercolors, outdoor materials, collaging materials and so much more!

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Exploring Nature Using Eric Carle

Ages: 4-7 years old

Available: Spring Thursdays 1:45-2:45  pm

The Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, The Tiny Seed. These are just a few of the books that were written and illustrated by Eric Carle. Each week students will listen to a Eric Carle story and then participate in a variety of book-inspired science, math, music, literacy, movement, and art activities. A different book is used each week which makes it a perfect class to come multiple weeks for!

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Junior Farmyard Chefs

Ages: 4-7 years old

Available: Spring Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm

Grab your chef hat and an apron and join us for Junior Farmyard Chefs! Our young cooks will explore textures, improve fine and gross motor skills, practice measuring,  and caring for animals as they create everything from pig pies to goat salads in our mud kitchen. Together, we will follow recipes for some of the farmyard animal’s favorite treats. After we mix, mash and measure, we will head out to serve the animals our culinary delights! Bon appetit! This is a drop off class!

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Youth Classes (Ages 5 and Up)

Parent’s Night Out

Ages: 4 years old and up

Available: Winter Months Friday 5:30-8:30 pm

Calling all night owls! Join us for Double J Riding Club’s Parent’s Night Out! Drop your kids off and enjoy an evening out – child free. Children will participate in nature/ animal activities and games, meet and greet with tons of animals, eat a pizza dinner, make fun crafts and experiments, and more! By the time you pick your child up they will be ready for a good nights sleep!

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Horsemanship 101

Ages: 6 and up

Available: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4 – 5:30 pm

Students in this course will gain a strong understanding of horsemanship through activities in the classroom as well as plenty of time in the barn. During this hands on program, students will learn how to be safe around horses, properly handle horses, groom and tack independently, and more! Whether you are currently enrolled in riding lessons or have never handled a horse before this class will enrich your understanding of good horsemanship. There are no riding lessons included in this class. This class cannot be taken concurrently with Horsemanship 102.

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Horsemanship 102

Ages: 6 and up

Available: October 12th- November 16th Wednesdays from 4-5:30 pm

Students in this course will build on what they learned in Horsemanship 101. During this hands on program, students will learn how to maintain a clean barn, feed horses, identify and care for a sick horse and more! Whether you are currently enrolled in riding lessons or have never handled a horse before this class will enrich your understanding of good horsemanship. There are no riding lessons included in this class. You must complete Horsemanship 101 prior to registering for this class. This class cannot be taken concurrently with Horsemanship 101.

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Equine Science

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Winter 2023 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12:30-1:30 pm (Ride Add On Available 1:45-2:45 pm)

Do you love horses? Then this class is perfect for you! This science class focuses on learning more about horses and horsemanship through readings, journaling, and hands-on activities. Topics covered include: horse anatomy, caring for a horse, identifying and explaining a horse’s gait, horse breeds, the history of horses,  how humans use horses, and equestrian vocabulary. Each week students will interact with the horses at the Double J Riding Club and complete a page in their interactive journal to document their expanding knowledge of one of the most incredible animals on the planet.

A 45 minute group riding lesson is available as an add on option.

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Indoor Horticulture

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Winter 2023 Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm

Winter is the perfect time to make an aquaponics system, grow mushrooms and microgreens and plan for the spring ! In this hands-on class, students will learn about plant care and gardening. We’ll establish an indoor hydroponics system, harvest winterize our vermicomposting bins, and learn what it takes to design a garden bed, which means students will have a chance to plan and design next year’s vegetable gardens!

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Slime Chemistry 

Ages: 5 and up

Available: Winter 2023 Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm

Science can be gooey fun while learning chemistry!! Slime time provides an entertaining lesson on polymers and their properties. These somewhat complex chemistry topics are introduced in a fun and hands-on way to help them see science in action! Each messy and fun filled week will go over a different topic for chemistry or another science! The slime weeks will  be: Week 1 will cover the properties of polymers and cross-linking agents. Week 2 will go over the basics of acid-base reactions. Week 3 will go over the basics of the scientific method as students design and implement their own slime based experiment! The next 7 weeks will explore other forms of fun hands-on experiments.

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Physics: Simple Machines

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Winter 2023 Tuesday 1:45 – 2:45 PM

Throughout this semester dive into these 6 simple machines; learn how they were used in history and how we use them now.

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Intro to Veterinary Science 102

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Winter 2023 Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm

Students in this course will build on what they learned in Intro to Veterinary Science 101. During this hands on program, students will learn about different common illnesses of a variety of species, compare animal bones, look at animal x-rays, observe animal feces, learn about wildlife rehabilitation, emergency vet care, spraying/neutering, how to get into Vet School, and more using the animals on Double J Riding Club’s property. This course will work with both our large and small animals.

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Intro to Veterinary Science 101

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Not offered this winter

Throughout this course, students will learn the importance of preventive care, proper diet, common illnesses, animal anatomy, wound care and more using the animals on Double J Riding Club’s property. This course will work with both our large and small animals.

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Intro To Wood Working

Ages: 8 and up

Available: Winter 2023 Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 pm

Come and learn the very basics of wood working in this hands class! Through the 7 weeks students will learn the basics of hand tools, measuring, and gluing. Please note that no power tools will be used by students but they may watch an instructor use them. Projects for the winter are building a bird house and bird feeder, these are subject to change at any time.

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Outer Space Exploration!

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Winter 2023 Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 pm

Calling all future astronauts and current super stars! This course will spark your child’s imagination as they learn about our solar system all the way to the unknown of what lies beyond. Featuring hands-on activities and experiments that are out of this world

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Advanced Geology (Paleontology) 

Ages: 8 and up

Available: Winter 2023 Wednesdays 1:45-2:45 pm

Dig into Geology this semester, where students will learn all about the Earth’s structure and the processes that make it what it is. From erosion and weathering to plate tectonics and crystals, this class offers fun, hands-on experiments and interactive elements every week to make learning engaging.

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Advanced Chemistry 

Ages: 8 and up

Available: Winter 2023 Thursday 1:45-2:45 pm

Come and Join Scientist Ryan as students learn the basics of chemistry and watch as the play out in hands on experiments. Students will learn why slime sticks to itself. How  acid base reactions work. They will also learn about endothermic and exothermic reactions and see them in action. At the end of the 7 weeks students will have a basic understanding of chemistry.

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Zoology Cats

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Winter 2023 Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm and Spring Wednesdays 12:30 – 1:30 pm

In this class students will study cats of all shapes and sizes. Students will learn about how we and other animal care organizations care for their animals. The class will be enhanced through readings, journaling, and interaction with cats. I am sure that Butters our barn cat will be joining in for the fun!

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Winter Farm Hand

Ages: 4 and up

Available: Winter 2023 Wednesdays 1:45-2:45 pm or 4:30- 5:30 PM

Farm Hand 101 will learn all about real farming and teamwork while doing age-appropriate farm chores and animal care in a fun way! Chores include giving animals baths, collecting eggs, gardening, caring for animals, making natural cleaners, cleaning habitats, helping feed animals, creating animal enrichments, and more! This semester will focus on how we take care of and get all of our outdoor animals ready for winter. Rubber boots and messy clothes are mandatory.

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Advanced Zookeepers

Ages: 9 and up

Available: Spring 2023 Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 pm or Thursdays 4:30- 5:30 PM

Zookeepers are tasked with not only cleaning after and feeding each animal, but also knowing their natural history. Learn how zookeepers observe and maintain happy and healthy animals.

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Textile Weaving

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Spring 2023 Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 pm

In this class we’ll be exploring the age-old art of textile weaving by designing and creating our own woven projects. From tapestries to rugs to hanging art, this class is great for artistic kiddos that love seeing their own ideas come together.

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Nature in Illinois

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Spring 2023 Tuesdays 1:45-2:45 pm

Illinois has a rich natural history going back millions of years. Discover the present and past landscape of our state through fossil hunting, birding, botany, and more!

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Pets Grooming

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Spring 2023 Tuesdays 4:30- 5:30 pm

Hair, nails, and teeth, oh my! Every animal from a reptile to a mammal needs to be groomed in some way. Learn how to keep a different animal healthy each day.

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Experimental Science: Living Science

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Spring 2023 Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 pm

One of the best ways to learn about science is by conducting experiments and investigations. In this class students will explore living sciences through hands-on experiments, activities, and investigations. Students will also learn how to complete simple lab sheets and form hypotheses.

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Advanced Entomology

Ages: 10 and up

Available: Spring 2023 Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 pm

Students will study insects, the largest group of animals in the world! Learn about how insects of all shapes and sizes adapt and live in almost every corner of the world!

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Junior Zookeepers

Ages: 5 and up

Available: Spring 2023 Wednesdays 1:45-2:45 pm or 4:30-5:30 pm

In each 60-minute class, students will explore and compare two different species of animals. Activities may include: learning animal fun facts, building toys for animals, creating animal art masterpieces, viewing animal habitats, caring for animals, playing fun animal themed games, cooking animal treats in the kitchen, and of course meeting the animals!

Each class is themed and will guide our activities for the week. This is the perfect way to get your child exposed to a variety of different species of animals.

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Nature and Novels: Charlotte’s Web

Ages: 5 and up

Available: Spring 2023 Wednesdays 1:45-2:45 pm

Nature and Novels is a new set of courses offered at the farmhouse that focuses on language arts and science skills. In this course, students will use Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, the classic story about a pig and a spider. Each week the instructor will read selected chapters with students. Students will discuss the novel, practice language arts skills, and learn more about science. In addition, several STEM projects will be completed.

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