Museum offers summer day camps for kids

Apr 24, 2013

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museumís popular summer day camps for kids are right around the corner.

The museumís education department has added some new camps this year and have brought back some of the more popular ones. Children may discover nature, archaeology, sewing, gardening, roping, drawing, learning about animals and more.

The camps are taught by museum staff members and museum volunteers, and pre-registration and a non-refundable class deposit of $5 is required for each class. Cash or check only. Please make checks payable to Friends of the NM Farm & Ranch Museum. For more information, call (575) 522-4100.

Nature Camp
June 4-6
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Ages 8-11
$25 for non-members, $20 for members
Come discover the great outdoors. Learn about birds, fossils, plants, critters, and all things nature! We will take morning nature hikes and discover the wildlife around the museum.
Please bring lunch every day.

Archeology Camp
June 11-13
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 8-13
$35 for non-members, $30 for members
Do you enjoy digging in the dirt and unearthing mysteries? Enjoy three days of hands-on fun as we explore the fascinating world of archaeology. Learn about the CaŮada Alamosa Project and discover how ancient people of the Southwest once lived and survived. Piece together puzzles from the past and participate in a mock dig where youíll learn to use the tools of an archaeologist. Please bring lunch, a hat and clothes that can get dirty each day.

Sewing Camp
June 18-19
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 9-14
$25 for non-members, $20 for members
For years, before store-bought clothing became affordable, families made their own garments, blankets, pillow cases, etc. Here is your chance to learn their secrets. Discover how to sew, quilt, read patterns, and learn about the styles and techniques of our ancestors for creating everyday items. The skills you learn in this camp could provide you with the basic training to pursue sewing and quilting as a hobby in the future. Please bring a lunch both days.

From Sprout to Spoon
June 25-26
10 a.m. to noon. Ages 6-10
$25 for non-members, $20 for members
Dirty hands are the sign of a great gardener! Agriculture has always been an important part of life in New Mexico, and this class will teach students how farming and food both define our past and shape our future. Hands-on gardening activities will culminate with students using vegetables from our greenhouse to make pizza in the Museumís adobe-brick oven.

Ropiní and Wrangliní
June 26-27
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 9-14
$20 for non-members, $15 for members
Put on your cowboy hats and grab your bandanas! Come learn about both Old West and modern ranching in New Mexico. Take roping lessons, create your own brand, and learn about the horses and cattle here at the Farm and Ranch Museum. Join us and earn your spurs in ropiní and wrangliní! Please bring a lunch both days.

Animal Friends
July 9-10
10 a.m. to noon. Ages 4-7
$35 for non-members, $30 for members
This is a class for any child who has ever wanted to meet the animals from the pages of a book. Children will encounter animals through stories, crafts, and then have the opportunity to meet the real thing! The class will include a presentation on being a responsible pet owner.

Life in 1957: A Time Travel Experience
July 16-18
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 9-14
$30 for non-members, $25 for members
Join us on a journey to the year 1957. The U.S. was in the midst of a cold war with Russia and suspicions about Communism. Yet amidst duck-and-cover drills and concerns over Sputnik, American families were more prosperous than they had been in decades and Elvis rang out across the radio waves. In this camp we will examine the history of this era and develop characters for a living history time travel presentation on July 18. Come with us and step back in time. Please bring a lunch every day. Parents are encouraged to attend the time travel on July 18 from 1 pm to 2 pm.

Lambs and Looms
July 23-24
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 8-14
$35 for non-members, $30 for members
Yarn, felt, socks, and sweaters. In this camp, weíll clean and card wool, learn the basics of spinning and weaving, visit the Museumís animals, and learn how to dye wool. Join us for a fun-filled exploration of wool crafting. Please bring a lunch both days.

Paints, Pots, and Portraits
July 29-Aug. 2
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Ages 10-16
$40 for non-members, $35 for members
Crayons are grand, but are you ready for the next step? Students will learn the basics of charcoal drawing, photography, and pottery through hands-on projects, while gaining an understanding of composition, and aesthetics. Please bring a lunch every day.


For information contact Craig Massey at