The Ranch offers 2 main programs for K-5 classes.  The original Cowboy Logic Series offers 4 learning stations that center around how Cowboy’s used their knowledge of heat, energy, soil/water and animal management.  Each 25 minute station has a short lesson, followed by hands on activities.  

The Ranch’s Reader’s Theatre Programs  offer a fun reading based program. Choose from 4 classic tales to expose your kids to the joy of reading and experiencing supporting learning stations.  

The Ranch also offers programs for groups with special needs and learning abilities.  Some of these programs incorporate the sensory trail along with the animals.  We can work with your group to determine the best program for you.

Afterwards, classes can picnic by the Natural Playground and enjoy the new Kangaroo Jump Pillow.

Cowboy Logic Series

green flame 2

Reader's Theatre Programs

max kid

The Cowboy Logic Series is an experiential learning model that intertwines the history of the cowboy with scientific, mathematical and problem solving skills needed for today. This program fully integrates with the NC Common Core Curriculum, supports the STEM academics and builds a “healthy learning model”. The Spring Semester will focus on four different age appropriate topics.

Take a look at the variety of lessons that are discovered in our “outdoor classroom”. 



Dirt 101:  Discover different soil types and test your ranch building skills on the land/water table.  Discover the various techniques that farmers used to slow down erosion on the farm.
* Warning:  hands will get wet and dirty

Dare to Compare:  Classify horses and other small farm animals and discover their unique characteristics and adaptations.
* notice:  students will be allowed to touch the horses, no riding activities during the trip.

Farm Physics Simple Machines:  Discover how simple machines made a Cowboy’s work easier.
* warning:  learning could be fun

Campfire Lab:  discussions on fire, heat transfer, physical/chemical changes through demonstrations around a campfire.
*warning:  real campfire used for demo

The Ranch’s Reader’s Theatre is an interactive reading of a favorite tale followed by supporting learning stations:

  1.  Small Animal Farm Visit
  2. Active Game 
  3. Word Game
  4. Imagination Station/Craft


The Stinky Cheeseman
How I Became a Pirate
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Charlotte’s Web

What is a Reader’s Theatre?

A Reader’s Theater is an integrated approach for involving students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. It involves readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud. It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines. Instead of acting out literature as in a play, the performer’s goal is to read a script aloud effectively, enabling the audience to visualize the action. Performers bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and some gestures. Readers Theater helps to:

develop fluency through repeated exposure to text
increase comprehension
integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context
engage students
increase reading motivation
create confidence and improve the self-image of students
provide a real purpose for reading