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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.

SUMMER/FALL 2022 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.

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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.

Parent-tot classes (Ages 1-4 YRS)

Tiny Animal Adventures

Ages: 1-4 years old

Available: Summer Months Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30-10:30 am

Fall Months Monday and Friday 9:30-10:30 am

Join us at Double J Riding Club for an animal adventure as we jump with the frogs and hop with the bunnies! Little ones can learn about and experience real live farm animals in the Tiny Animal Adventure classes at the Double J’s Farm! In each 60 minute class, a parent/toddler duo might explore the farm grounds, listen to an animal-centric story, create a craft, cook in our mud kitchen, play various games and of course meet and greet with tons of live animals!

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Tiny Farmyard Chefs

Ages: 1-4 years old

Available: Summer Months Monday, Wednesday 11:00 am -12:00 pm

Fall Months Monday 10:45-11:45 am

Grab your chef hat and an apron and join us for Tiny 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! A participating adult will need to be present in every class.

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Puddle Play

Ages: 1-4 years old

Available: Summer Months Friday 11:00 am -12:00 pm

Fall Months Wednesday 10:45-11:45 am

Who’s ready to get messy?  Let’s explore the natural areas on the farm, including our outdoor nature classroom. We’ll use nature as our inspiration to practice sorting, explore what sinks or floats, make creations and discover treasures. There’s only one rule–the messier the better! Puddle jumping and mud pies are encouraged. Participants should wear old clothes and rain-boots.

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Barnyard Beats

Ages: 1-4 years old

Available: Fall Months Wednesday 9:30 am- 10:30 am

During this Farm music class your child will learn fine motor skills, rhythm, movement, beats and more as they create music instruments and serenade our farm animals.

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Nature Art Explorers

Ages: 1-4 years old

Available: Fall Months Friday 10:45 am- 11:45 am

Little Art Explorers has so many benefits from squishing in paint, exploring colors and textures, learning about nature around us, developing fine and gross motor skills, making friends and building confidence at an early age! This extremely messy art class will teach babies and toddlers the basics of art mediums, colors, and shapes as they use fun art tools to create little masterpieces. A farm tour is included at the end of each class. All students must attend with an actively participating adult and wear clothes that they are ready to get messy in!

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Junior Classes (Ages 3-7)

Rodeo Roundup

Ages: 3-7 years old

Available: Summer Months  Monday and Wednesday 12:30-1:30 pm

Fall Months Friday 12:30-1:30 pm

Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls. This class is all about rodeo fun!! Each class includes a horse story and fun activity including pony crafts, horse games, learning to groom/decorate a pony and MORE!  THERE WILL BE A PONY RIDE IN EVERY CLASS.

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Unicorn Riders

Ages: 3-7 years old

Available: Summer Months Friday 12:30-1:30 pm

Fall Months Wednesday 12:30-1:30 pm

This class is all about unicorn fun!! Each class includes a unicorn story, unicorn craft/activity and most importantly a unicorn pony ride. Come meet our unicorns and join us for some unicorn adventures. THERE WILL BE A UNICORN RIDE IN EVERY CLASS.

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Junior Farmers

Ages: 3-7 years old

Available: Fall Months Monday 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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Junior Farmyard Chefs

Ages: 3-7 years old

Available: Fall Months Wednesday 1:45-2:45 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)

Kids Garden Club

Ages: 5 years old and up

Available: Fall Months Monday 10:45-11:45 am

Fall is the perfect time to make a final harvest and to put our gardens to bed for the winter! In this hands-on class, students will learn about plant care and gardening. We’ll establish an indoor hydroponics system, harvest our fall vegetables, winterize our vermicomposting bins, create cold frames 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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Junior Zookeepers

Ages: 5 years old and up

Available: Fall Months Tuesday 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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Farmhand 101

Ages: 5 years old and up

Available: Fall Months Wednesday 12:30-1:30 pm, Thursday 4:30-5:30 pm

In Farm Hand 101, students 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! Rubber boots and messy clothes are needed.

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Slime Chemistry & Other Fun Experiments

Ages: 5 years old and up

Available: Fall Months Tuesday, Thursday 1:45-2:45 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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Nature Rangers

Ages: 5 years old and up

Available: Fall Months Wednesday 4:30-5:30 pm

Join us in our outdoor classroom as we explore nature. Students in this class will learn about the great outdoors through observations, hands-on activities, experiments, and creative play. Plan on getting messy during this class. Participants should wear old clothes and rain-boots.

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Farmyard Chefs

Ages: 5 years old and up

Available: Fall Months Thursday 4:30-5:30 pm

Grab your chef hat and an apron and join us for Farmyard Chefs! Students will learn all about animal nutrition as they make treats and feed the animals on our farm. Our 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. Students will pick ingredients from our farm gardens to add to every recipe. 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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Horsemanship 101

Ages: 6 and up

Available: Summer Months Saturdays 1:30-3:00 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: Fall

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: Fall Months 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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Big Stitch Quilting

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Fall Months Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm

Come learn this functional and beautiful hand-sewing art form at Double J! From blocking to binding, students in our big stitch quilting class will learn the step-by-step process of making their very own quilts. By studying different traditional quilts types and patterns, students will start by designing and blocking their projects. At the end of the session, each student will have a finished and fully bound project ranging from place-mats to doll’s quilts to whatever they can imagine!

This class is highly dependent on using your hands for fine motor skills, and may not be appropriate for some children.

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Trail Blazers: National Parks

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Fall Months Tuesday 1:45-2:45 pm

There’s no doubt about it–our national parks are truly a treasure! In this class students will learn about the unique history, landforms, flora, and fauna that are found in each park, as well as how to identify animal tracks and scat through a variety of outdoor activities. Students will also complete activities that will allow them to become a Junior Ranger at Mammoth Cave and receive their first Junior Ranger Badge.

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Intro to Veterinary Science 101

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Fall Months Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm

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 Veterinary Science 102

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Fall Months Monday 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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Zoology of Dogs

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Fall Months Wednesday 12:30-1:30 pm

In this 10 week class students will study dogs of all shapes and sizes, from tiny dachshunds to the Bernese Mountain Dog. Students will learn about how we and other animal care organizations care for their animals. The class will be enhanced through readings, journaling, hands-on activities, and interaction with dogs.

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Imagineering: Animal Enrichment

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Fall Months Wednesday 1:45-2:45 pm

Students will utilize their imaginations to engineer all kinds of projects, inventions and discoveries that revolve around enrichment for our animal collection. Each week students will work on ways to improve and better the quality of life of our animals.

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Adventurers Guild

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Fall Months Thursday 12:30-1:30 pm

Think you’re ready to battle a dragon or match wits with a wizard? Interested in the world of tabletop RPGs but not sure where to start? Then join the Double J Adventurers Guild! This 10-week course will encourage collaborative story-telling, creative problem solving, and the importance of teamwork while teaching kids about TTRPGs like Dungeons & Dragons. We’ll focus on a different type of game each week, giving kids a chance to try a range of different play styles and rule systems and see what resonates with them. In addition to actual gameplay, we’ll discuss what makes a great gaming atmosphere, talk tips on running their own home-brew games, paint some minis, and create our own 5E characters.

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Animal Adaptations

Ages: 7 and up

Available: Fall Months Thursday 1:45-2:45 pm

From camouflage to hibernation, animals are truly amazing. Throughout this 10 week course students will learn all about the special features that animals have to help them survive. The animal adaptations that students will dive into this semester will be beaks, camouflage, migration, senses and unusual adaptations. Animal interactions and hands-on activities will be a part of every class.

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Advanced Zoology

Ages: 10 and up

Available: Fall Months Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm

What makes an animal an animal? Take a journey through time and discover Earth’s many animals and how they came to be. Students will learn about animals within the fossil record and with hands-on experiences like dissection and live animal investigation.

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Advanced Conservation

Ages: 10 and up

Available: Fall Months Thursday 12:30-1:30 pm

We are living in a time of vast loss of biodiversity. This course will dive into the subject of conservation biology, a branch of science that has been newly developed in response to this. The reach of the discipline is vast, ranging across all organismal groups and the landscapes and processes that sustain them. Students in this course will: identify the main threats to native species, investigate what conservation efforts are being made, and research what else can be done.

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