emotional challenges often respond to animals in ways they can’t, or
won't, to fellow humans. These bonds elicit a nurturing, empathetic
instinct. Learning to properly care for and understand animals develops
a sense of responsibility and pride. A child whose trust
was shattered by a person is far more likely to risk friendship with an
animal because the animal does not ask questions, doesn't judge, and
never shares his or her secrets. Animals then help to bridge
communication with caring adults, forming emotional skills that lead to
Our humane education programs teach participants how to be responsible citizens and advocates for those who can't advocate for themselves. Children are naturally inclined to care for and protect animals; humane education can teach them to take action in support of a cause they believe in. This new role feels important and meaningful, boosts self-efficacy and self-esteem, and increases feelings of stewardship for the natural environment.
Located on 23 tranquil acres in the beautiful Delphi Valley of Olympia, Washington, Nature Nurtures Farm also offers a variety of day camps for children of all ages and abilities. These five-day summer camps are open for registration to the general public, with all proceeds funding our mentoring program for at-risk youth. Additionally, in 2015 Nature Nurtures Farm opened a nature based licensed childcare program at a separate location on the east side of Olympia.