Feb 24, 2016



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A $20 Discount Applies for Registrations by March 1

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2016) – As plans for the summer begin to take shape, parents of preschoolers to eighth-grade students can register their children for Rescue Ranch’s 2016 Critter Camps, one-week summer camp sessions offering hands-on educational experiences and animal interactions.

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

Rescue Ranch Humane Education Manager and former school teacher Stacey Reavis has developed age-appropriate programming to address a variety of interests. “My goal is to create camp programs that allow children to learn and explore while also having fun and enjoying their own areas of interest,” said Reavis.

Each week’s activities include interactions with many of Rescue Ranch’s residents including Otis, an affectionate Holstein steer; a herd of Tennessee Fainting Goats; Ola, a Green Cheek Conure; and Hank, the Flemish Giant, among others.

The 2016 summer camp schedule is as follows:

  • Preschool students will experience “Life At The Ranch,” an opportunity to learn about animal care, listen to stories about animals, craft, play games and interact with animals. The cost is $90 per child, per week. Dates include the week of June 20-24, July 11-15, Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 8-12. Camp sessions begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon.
  • For kindergarten through fifth-grade students, two themed sessions are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • For June 20-24 and July 11-15, students partake in the “Animals As Olympians” curriculum which includes exploration of what makes an animal special and unique, the skills that animals have and people do not, and more. Students will care for and interact with animals as well as participate in a Critter Camp Olympics each day. The cost is $175 per child, per week.
    • The second themed week is “Animals Around The World.” This multi-day experience teaches about different animal habitats, caring for and interacting with animals, and more. The cost is $175 per child, per week. Sessions take place the weeks of Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 8-12.
  • Students entering sixth through eighth grade will participate in the “Future Veterinarian” camp, an interactive week of learning about x-rays, surgery, sutures, dental health and more. Camp sessions take place June 27-July 1 and again July 18-22, beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. each day. The cost per child, per week is $195.

A $20 discount applies if registered by March 1. Registration will remain open as long as space is available. For more information on Rescue Ranch’s Critter Camps or to register, visit

About Rescue Ranch:
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, North Carolina - less than an hour from Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Hickory.


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