Registration for summer 2024 is open until March 31st!
Program registration for regular summer programming will be open from March 1-March 31, 2023 at 11:59 pm. Any applications received after March 31 will be added to the wait list. Participants will be drawn from the pool of applications during the first week of April and we will email you if your child was accepted or put on the wait list.
Our only requirements are that participants must be no younger than age 9 by June 1st and no older than age 18 by September 1st and they must want to attend.
All programming at Haven Acres is completely free-of-charge thanks to many generous donors who want to see these kids, families, and horses grow and thrive!
Please read through the information on the Programs page before applying.
If your child is deaf or hard-of-hearing there is a place on the application to note that.
For any urgent needs, please fill out a participant application any time clearly stating the need and we will be in contact with you.
Sessions run for twelve weeks from June 3-August 30 this year. We will have a week break in the middle from July 15-19. Participants come for a 90-minute session once every week and work one-on-one with a mentor and a horse.
Participants are asked to commit to attending ten weekly sessions at minimum during the summer. If you are unable to commit to regular attendance due to vacations, camps, or anything else, we will gladly put you on the wait list! Our mentors are volunteers and we value them and their time, so if participants cancel more than twice or no-show multiple times they will be added to the wait list and their spot will be given to someone else.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any applicant who does not make it into weekly sessions will be placed on the wait list. When weekly participants are unable to attend a week, we will email the applicants on the wait list offering the one-time spot for that week. It will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis. There are many opportunities for those on the wait list to come out during the summer and our goal is for each one to be able to come out at least once during the summer!
At the end of the summer we have our annual Round-Up where participants will be able to ride in an event to showcase what they have learned during the summer! Anyone and everyone is invited to this event on September 7th. We will also have pony rides, carnival games, a silent auction, food, and Haven Acres merchandise for sale.
We offer fall sessions on an invite-only basis to some of the participants on the wait list or in summer sessions. Fall sessions will be for 6-7 weeks after Labor Day and run as a typical 90-minute session. We have far fewer spots available in the fall due to fewer available volunteers and daylight hours, but we do our best to accommodate those who need extra support as school begins again.