Green Acres Day Camp
● By Rick McGarry
This is an advertisement for our friends at Green Acres.
When Kristy Green was younger, she was known to sneak stray kittens, bunnies or anything else needing a home into her bedroom. By the time she was seven she was showing a pony and a goat at the 4-H fair. She owned her first horse when she was 14 years old and spent many years riding and showing horses in 4-H, Michigan Hunter Jumper Association and Michigan Interscholastic Horse Association. During her senior year she was hired by the Kensington Metropark Farm Center. While driving the horse-drawn hayrides, guiding farm tours for school groups, and working on the farm, she discovered her love of farm animals.
Today, Tom and Kristy Green own and operate Green Acres. It was built in 2004 as a horse boarding operation. It grew into a sport horse breeding operation and is now the home to several four-day camps. Resident animals include foals, a potbellied pig named Snuggles, goats, a calf, chicks, ducklings, a bunny, an alpaca, and Stormy the pony. All of the animals have been raised with lots of human interaction. Click here to meet the animals: http://www.greenacresfarmcamp.com/our-animal-family.html.
Day camps at Green Acres are designed to be very intimate, allowing children hands-on experience with the animals.
Karen’s son Max certainly had a good time. “I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to pick up such a happy, well-worn child at the end of each day, listening to facts he had learned, hearing of friends he had made, and knowing he had spent the entire day outside in the fresh air, free from the tether of a typical electronically-charged day”.
Sarah Sims says, “My kids loved visiting Green Acres! Ms. Kristy makes it a real hands-on experience for the children. My children loved being able to touch, hold and feed all the animals.”
"Your business is an asset to our community,” reports Amy, a teacher at Huron Valley Schools.
Here are some of the camps they offer:
General Farm Camp: Play with Snuggles, the potbellied pig, and her animal friends. Learn what farm animals eat and how we care for them. Picnic with the animals and enjoy a scavenger hunt and other farm games. Plant and maintain a vegetable garden, and take home a plant.
Nature Camp: Look for bluebirds, barn swallows, hawks, worms, salamanders, frogs, toads, caterpillars, butterflies, deer, and turkey. Plant and maintain a butterfly garden, and take home a potted flower.
Farm Babies: Bottle feed the animals and play with them. Watch chicks as they hatch in the incubator.
Pony Camp: Learn how to care for, groom and ride horses. Stormy the pony may even get a bubble bath! Children will learn about tack and how it is used, and watch as horses get their hooves trimmed or shod.
Camps are from 9:30am-3:30 pm, Monday-Thursday.
The cost for the camp is $200 per week (non-refundable).
Campers need to bring a sack lunch. Bottled water will be provided.
Click here for dates and pricing: http://www.greenacresfarmcamp.com/2013-summer-camp-dates.html