Elkus Ranch continues to offer Small-Group & Family Tours and a 4-hr. Adventure Day program designed for social bubbles and educational pods. Children come with their adults which allows our educators to socially distance from the group while still providing an excellent program. Lots of fun with some having come back for a second tour!
Adventure Day Participants
An in-person Harvest Craft workshop in November – put on by educators Terri & Beth - was a big success. This outdoor, socially masked and distanced event had (10) attendees who were guided in making wool dryer balls with our flock’s wool, Calendula oil from Elkus flowers, and a pumpkin/succulent centerpiece using local sourced material. A good time was had by all with more workshops in the works for 2021.
Harvest Craft Workshop Centerpiece
Sadly, we recently said good-bye to a very special Elkus resident, Ozzy, one of our two horses. Ozzy was 30 years old (which is up there in horse years!) and will be fondly remembered as one of the friendliest members of the Elkus family. Horse's legs and feet are incredibly important to their health and well-being and Ozzy had been dealing with some mobility issues for the past year, which happens as horses age. Ozzy had been at Elkus since 2011 with his friend, Pocahontas, who is getting some extra love over the next few weeks to help her grieve.
Ozzy and Winter Camp Past Participants
We also lost our beloved miniature donkey Pippi, 30 yrs. old, in September. She was a gentle soul who loved the attention bestowed on her by all our visitors and staff. Hopefully Ozzy and Pippi are frolicking in the great grassland in the sky :)
Pippi Enjoying the Green Grass of Spring
Rest in peace dear friends. You will be missed...
Overall Elkus is hanging in there. We humans, along with our livestock, are really missing the students and looking forward to 2021 - hopefully with a return to normalcy when all our visitors and field trips may resume!