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Summer Fun With Animals at Frying Pan Farm Park

What better way could a child spend their summer than by learning about animals at Frying Pan Farm Park? In 2012 Frying Pan Farm Park will be offering three different, week-long camps throughout the summer. These summer camps provide a fun environment for learning about animals like horses, dogs, and farm livestock!

All About Horses is a great way for children, ages 7-12, to learn about horses and horseback riding. Campers will enjoy horse games, daily riding lessons, crafts and other summer fun. Horseman-ship skills learned include grooming, tacking and horse care. Riding lessons cover mounting, halting, steering, jump position and beginning trotting. Last year this camp was sold out early so be sure to sign up soon. It will also be offered as a Spring Break camp from April 2nd-April 6th.

Doggone Fun is an innovative camp mixing fun with learning practical skills in dog care. Children ranging from 9-14 can participate in activities designed to promote lifelong bonding between owner and pet. Doggone Fun is a half-day camp.

For those children, ages 10-14, interested in farm animals or aspiring young farmer Farm Hand Camp is the next best thing to owning a farm! Campers will learn about the different farm animals at Frying Pan Farm Park, help with farm chores and get to work with the animals at the park including pigs, goats, sheep, and cows! Campers will also learn about crops and equipment used on a farm. Guest speakers are brought in to make this a unique experience.

Beginner Horseback Riding and Therapeutic Riding lessons are offered year round at Frying Pan Farm Park. Horses and helmets are provided making this an economical way to learn how to ride without the expense of owning a horse! Dogs and their owners (adults and young handlers!) can enjoy a range of classes including basic to advanced obedience, flyball and all levels of dog agility.

Registration for camps and classes opens as early as February 9th through Fairfax County Park Authority. More information can be found online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/classes.htm or feel free to call the Visitor Center at 703-437-9101.



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