Summer Programs at Heartland Farm Sanctuary

Photo by Mercedes Brandt

Meet our Summer Camp staff

Angie Blechl

Angie grew up raising chickens and has always loved farm animals (and all animals!). She recently graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Zoology and is so excited to be back at Heartland after previous summers helping at the sanctuary!

Sarah Carlson

Sarah was raised in Owatonna, Minnesota, and has a degree in Early Childhood Middle Childhood Education with a minor in Ethnic and Racial Studies from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. After graduation, Sarah moved to the Madison area with her spouse. This is Sarah’s first year at HFS; She loves our vision and is excited to get to create a ripple at Heartland! Outside of Heartland, Sarah likes to read, spend time with friends, explore new places, and train her dog. They live in Edgerton with their spouse, two cats, Lark and Cloudy, and dog, Badger.

Thomas Gasper

Thomas started volunteering at Heartland in February 2021 and joined the HFS staff shortly afterward as our Groundskeeping Assistant. Thomas enjoys spending time with the HFS animals while caring for our sanctuary grounds. Thomas also loves biking, video games, and his dog named Bear.

Laura Marshall

Laura is an instructional designer by day and an animal lover 24/7. In addition to helping out at camp this summer, Laura is also a Heartland ambassador, leading public and private tours of the sanctuary and representing HFS in the community. Laura is a Wisconsin native who grew up on a farm. Her passions in life are to teach, learn, and explore the world, especially its creatures and cultures. In her free time, you can find her walking in Madison's many parks with her husband and two dogs, growing flowers in her garden, or embarking on a variety of creative projects.

Abby Saladin

Abby is new to the Wisconsin life, but loving every minute of it. She studied mathematics at Michigan State University, and is now an undercover Spartan in downtown Madison. Abby spends her free time biking around town, enjoying local festivals, and volunteering with cats at the Humane Society. She has her own silly feline at home, Mia, who is the love of her life. Abby looks forward to her first summer at Heartland as a camp counselor.

Cass Van Horn

Cass will be a senior at McFarland High School this year. Their favorite classes are photography, ceramics, and metals, and they're also on the swim team. Cass loves skiing, camping, and the outdoors. They also have lots of companion animals including a dog, two snakes, a hamster, and a hissing cockroach. They're so excited for my first summer working at Heartland Farm Sanctuary!

Please read below....

Join us for a FUN summer filled with compassionate programming! Heartland is offering a variety of camps and clubs at our beautiful new location in Stoughton. We can’t wait to see you at the sanctuary!

 

Please note: Heartland is currently in the process of moving! All people programming will be held at our new location: 424 US Hwy 51 Stoughton, WI 53589. We hope to see you at our new sanctuary location, with our rescued chickens, turkeys and emus! The rest of our rescued herd will be moving over soon!

Programs for 5-7 year olds (Choose either morning or afternoon option)

Compassionate Caretakers (5-7 year olds)

Our Compassionate Caretakers class will gather together in our beautiful space to make discoveries, play,  create, hike and explore alongside our animal friends. We will also participate in introductory caretaking for our rescued residents, gardens, and environment.

Special Notes: Session will include one visit to our Verona sanctuary.

Dates offered (Choose from our class topics—choose one or choose them all!)
  • June 20 – July 1 (Monday-Friday): Fascinating Friendships (two weeks)
  • July 5 – July 15 (Tuesday-Friday for week 1, Monday-Friday for week 2 *Please note class will start on Tuesday, July 5th): Call of the Wild (two weeks)
  • July 18 – July 29 (Monday-Friday): Hip Habitats (two weeks)
  • August 1 – August 12 (Monday-Friday): Animal Superpowers (two weeks)
  • August 15 – August 19 (Monday-Friday): Planet Keepers (one week)
Time: 9 am-12 pm
Tuition:
  • $360 for two-week sessions
  • $180 for one-week session
  • $25 registration fee

Junior Kids Club: Afternoons (5-7 year olds)

Join us in the afternoons at the sanctuary for our educational Kids Club. Each week of each session will offer different topics and activities such as: Upcycled Art, Sensational Snacks, Builder’s Workshop, Storybook Art, Art in the Garden, Rejuvenate in Nature, Make it & Take it and more!

Dates offered:
  • June 20 – July 1 (Monday – Friday, two weeks)
  • July 5 – July 15 (Tuesday – Friday for week 1, Monday – Friday for week 2, two weeks)
  • July 18 – July 29 (Monday – Friday, two weeks)
  • August 1 – August 12 (Monday – Friday, two weeks)
  • August 15 – August 19 (Monday – Friday, one week)
Times: 1-3:30 pm
Tuition:
  • $160 for one-week session
  • $320 for two-week session

Session Add-Ons (5-7 year olds)

Early Bird Drop-Off:
  • For participants who need early drop-off between 8:30-9 am for our morning program.
  • Cost: $50 for two-week session, $25 for one-week session
Lunch Bunch
  • Have lunch with us! Eat your lunch with the group. Lunches are packed from home. We welcome vegetarian and vegan foods.
  • Time: 12-12:45 pm
  • Cost: $80 for two-week session, $40 for one-week session

Camps for 8+ year olds

Looking for a full day option? Combine a morning and afternoon program with our Lunch Bunch in the middle!
Need extended hours? Add on early bird drop off or an afternoon club. 
Wanting a half-day option? Sign up for just mornings or afternoon programs!
Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered. Mix and match our offerings to accommodate your schedule. 

Empathy in Action (8-11 year olds)

During their time at Heartland Farm Sanctuary, participants will explore the concepts of acceptance, compassion, and empathy for all beings. Participants will also reflect on their own self advocacy and communication skills while also being a voice for rescued farm animals. Children will explore, create, and play at our beautiful sanctuary, in spaces designed to foster an engaging, safe and accepting environment to learn and grow alongside our animal friends.

Special Note: Session will include one class at our Verona sanctuary.

Dates offered:
  • June 20 – July 1 (Monday- Friday, two weeks)
  • July 5 – July 15 (Tuesday – Friday for week 1, Monday – Friday for week 2, two weeks)
  • July 18 – July 29 (Monday- Friday, two weeks)
  • August 1 – August 12 (Monday- Friday, two weeks)
  • August 15 – August 19 (Monday- Friday, one week)
Times: 9 am-12 pm
Tuition:
  • $360 for two-week sessions
  • $180 for one-week session
  • $25 registration fee

Enrichment Club (8-11 year olds)

Extend your day at Heartland, or start your day at Heartland with our Enrichment Club. Each week of each session will offer different topics and activities such as: Upcycled Art, Sensational Snacks, Builder’s Workshop, Storybook Art, Art in the Garden, Rejuvenate in Nature, Make it & Take it and more!

Dates offered:
  • June 20 – July 1 (Monday- Friday, two weeks)
  • July 5 – July 15 (Tuesday – Friday for week 1, Monday – Friday for week 2, two weeks)
  • July 18 – July 29 (Monday- Friday, two weeks)
  • August 1 – August 12 (Monday- Friday, two weeks) We’re offering a 10% discount on this session!
  • August 15 – August 19 (Monday- Friday, one week) We’re offering a 10% discount on this session!
Times: 1-3:30 pm
Tuition: (Now offering a 10% discount on August sessions!)
  • $160 Now $144 for one-week session
  • $320 Now $288 for two-week session

Session Add-Ons (8-11 year olds)

Early Bird Drop-Off:
  • For participants who need to arrive between 8:30-9 am
  • Cost: $50 for two-week session, $25 for one-week session
Lunch Bunch
  • Have lunch with us! Eat your lunch with the group. Lunches are packed from home. We welcome vegetarian and vegan foods.
  • Time: 12-12:45 pm
  • Cost: $80 for two-week session, $40 for one-week session
Late Pick Up:
  • For participants who need late pick-up between 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Cost: $200 for two-week session, $100 for one week session

Leadership Class (12-15 year olds)

In this Humane Education leadership program, campers will have an opportunity to learn skills to prepare them to be compassionate and engaged leaders. They will assist Compassionate Caretaker staff in leading activities for our youngest learners, work alongside trained staff to provide direct individualized care to our rescued residents and participate in the development of Heartland’s future rain gardens and/or other environmental projects.

Special Note: Session will include one class at our Verona sanctuary.

Dates offered:
  • June 20 – July 1 (Monday- Friday, two weeks)
  • July 5 – July 15 (Tuesday – Friday for week 1, Monday – Friday for week 2, two weeks)
  • July 18 – July 29 (Monday- Friday, two weeks)
  • August 1 – August 12 (Monday- Friday, two weeks)
  • August 15 – August 19 (Monday- Friday, one week)
Times: 9 am-12 pm
Tuition:
  • $275 for two-week sessions
  • $135 for one-week session
  • $25 registration fee

Future Change Agents (12-15 year olds)

For teens looking to develop their innovative problem-solving skills while positively impacting Heartland’s community and the community around them. Participants will select an impact project that holds meaning to them and at the end of the session, they’ll have the opportunity to present their project. A great way to start tracking service hours, develop a resume and make a difference!

Dates offered:
  • June 20 – July 1 (Monday- Friday, two weeks)
  • July 5 – July 15 (Tuesday – Friday for week 1, Monday – Friday for week 2, two weeks)
  • July 18 – July 29 (Monday- Friday, two weeks)
  • August 1 – August 12 (Monday- Friday, two weeks) We’re offering a 10% discount on this session!
  • August 15 – August 19 (Monday- Friday, one week) We’re offering a 10% discount on this session!
Times: 1-3:30 pm
Tuition: (Now offering a 10% discount on August sessions!)
  • $160 Now $144 for two-week session
  • $80 Now $72 for one-week session

Session Add-Ons (12-15 year olds)

Early Bird Drop-Off:
  • For participants who need to arrive between 8:30-9 am
  • Cost: $50 for two-week session, $25 for one-week session
Lunch Bunch
  • Have lunch with us! Eat your lunch with the group. Lunches are packed from home. We welcome vegetarian and vegan foods.
  • Time: 12-12:45 pm
  • Cost: $80 for two-week session, $40 for one-week session
Late Pick Up:
  • For participants who need late pick-up between 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Cost: $200 for two-week session, $100 for one week session

Cancellation Policy

Families who cancel before April 1, 2022 will be refunded the cost of tuition minus a $75 administration fee. Families who cancel after April 1, 2022, will be refunded 50% of tuition. Cancellations less than two weeks before the first day of the program will be counted as a tax-deductible donation.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is available and awarded on a case-by-case basis. Please email us at Info@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org to apply. Please note that Heartland Farm Sanctuary is a CLTS-approved provider.

Need help?

Need assistance putting together your perfect Heartland experience? Please reach out to us at Info@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org.

Heartland's new address is 424 US Hwy 51 Stoughton, WI 53589

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