Walking about 3 miles total throughout the day during group activities; minimal elevation change; paved and gravel roads, forest trails. Getting on/off a horse; riding in an arena; up to 1 hour; closed-toed shoes and long pants are required.
In the dining hall, the breakfast buffet will feature a variety of hot and cold items, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll make our way to activities around the campus on foot throughout the day. To begin, we’ll visit the small animal barn where we will learn from a local expert about how to care for a variety of baby farm animals, including how to approach and handle, feed, groom, clean up after them, and even learn about their basic nutritional needs. As we learn about animals essential to Virginia’s farms and agricultural economy, we will learn to identify specific animal breeds and what products are derived from farm animals. Next, we will make a leather bracelet to take home after learning basic leather-crafting skills using hand tools and stamps. Various finishes on the leather such as dyes, paints, and stains will be used to afford everyone a unique and memorable piece of leather. Then, we’ll head over to the riding ring to meet with our instructor and learn the basics of horseback riding, including the various pieces of horse tack (equipment) as well as how to properly care for and use equine equipment. To make sure we know how to care properly for a horse, we will also learn how to manage and maintain a horse barn as well as how to feed, water, groom, and condition the animals.
In the dining hall, we'll enjoy yummy selections from the buffet with milk, juice, lemonade, coffee, tea, water included. Feel free to bring any other beverages of your own to enjoy.
In front of the 25-foot outdoor climbing wall, our instructor will teach us the basics of climbing safety, equipment, bouldering, climbing, and belaying. As we learn, we will also develop self-confidence and teambuilding skills, all while climbing to new heights. Then, it’s on to the nature center to learn about wildlife ecology from the on-site instructor through a hands-on class, during which we will learn about local and regional wildlife in addition to some exciting non-native wildlife. Concepts such as adaptation, camouflage, and habitat will be demonstrated, and we will have the chance to interact with the live animal exhibits including critters such as turtles, toads, and snakes! To finish up the afternoon, we’ll relax by the swimming pool for some fun.
Dining room buffet.
We’ll kick off our first night with a campfire and s'mores. Be prepared to share your tallest tale as our Group Leader heads up story time!