Pre-K – 3rd Grade Field Trips
A field trip to Echoing Hope Ranch presents a rich variety of tangible learning opportunities for students.
In our greenhouses and gardens, children gain a better understanding of where their food comes from, and learn the importance of healthy options in our communities. In the barn, students are given the opportunity to pet, feed, and interact with our animals, to foster a better sense of care and compassion for all living things.
About Echoing Hope Ranch
Our community at Echoing Hope Ranch is made up of many different people. We have farmers, ranch hands, mechanics, maintenance workers, people who work in the office, board members, direct care staff, and of course, the people we serve: our participants with autism and other developmental disabilities. Seeing our participants engaged in their work and activities reinforces the message that those with disabilities can be a productive and valued member of our community.
About People with Autism
People with autism sometimes express themselves differently. While at the ranch, you may hear a participant make a loud noise or cry, or exhibit a self-regulating behavior, like hand-flapping, pacing, or rocking back and forth. Our staff is always right there to offer assistance, and there is nothing for you or your students to worry about. Many of our participants enjoy socializing and engaging with the public. We encourage them to participate, and while you’re here, a few of them may enjoy sharing their work and their interests with you.
While At the Ranch…
We’re looking forward to having fun, and sharing our work at Echoing Hope Ranch with you and your students! We take every precaution to ensure the safety of all visitors at Echoing Hope Ranch, and there are a few ways you can help. Please stay with the group at all times, in the areas set by your guide. Closed-toe shoes and a bottle of water are required for every visitor, and we ask that you stay on our designated pathways whenever possible. Sunscreen and other sun protection is highly encouraged.
Dates and Times
The field trip program at Echoing Hope Ranch runs from August 1st through October 31 and March 1 through May 31. Field trips are available on Mondays and Fridays, from 10am to 12pm. Instruction begins promptly at 10am, and lasts approximately one hour. The second hour is available for lunch and play time. Please plan your trip accordingly. If you are late, we will try our best to accommodate you. However, our field trip times are limited to this two hour slot, in order to accommodate our program participants.
Once you’ve decided on a field trip to Echoing Hope Ranch, we’ll provide you with downloadable resources and activities, tailored to the grade of your students, and in alignment with the Arizona state standards. Resources include arts and crafts activities, interactive videos and songs, coloring pages and worksheets, simple gardening activities and more.
Cost and Payment
A field trip at the ranch is $10 each for student. Chaperones (1 per six students) are free. Please pay before or on the day of your scheduled field trip. Echoing Hope Ranch accepts all forms of payment. If you must cancel or reschedule your field trip, Echoing Hope Ranch will do our best to accommodate you.