The Warm Springs 

Care Farm

A therapeutic sanctuary for people & animals. 

Warm Springs Care Farm is a not for profit 501(c)3 located on the east end of Boise, Idaho. We partner with different therapeutic practitioners and agencies to offer farm-based therapies for children, adolescents and young adults.

Our Mission is to improve the mental health and well-being of families with restorative care farm experiences and therapies. 

Our Vision is to be a therapeutic sanctuary where people and animals connect, learn and grow.

The Warm Springs Care Farm is not a petting zoo, but a working therapeutic care farm that offers a variety of programs for ages 5 and up.   Animal care, art workshops, gardening, music classes and therapy, nature time, therapist trainings, and yoga/movement/breath are all offered at the farm.

The Healing Power of Animals - WINNERS!

The Warm Springs Care Farm would like to congratulate the following students for their essay submissions about the healing power of animals. Each has won a $100 prize.  Read key quotes from each essay below:

Elementary: Althea Strain

In Althea's essay, she writes about her cat:

"The time she has helped me most was when my dog, Chopper passed away last year and it was super tough on me, but whenever I would start crying, she would be there to cuddle with me and let me hug her."

"I could not be thankful enough for her".

Middle School: Maryam Mohammed : "Birds"

Maryam describes how school days were long for her because of anxiety and rude kids at school.  She describes her two bird families as "gentle little souls" who gave her "something to look forward to every day at school." She says,  "I have loved the experience of watching my two bird families develop and love each other."

High School WINNER: Levi Bettis

"My Guardian Angels"

Levi writes about Cooper, the loyal cat:

"Somehow he will open a fully closed door just so he can rub against you, making you forget there was ever a problem."

The loyal dog, Tucker, is also included in his appreciation for the healing power of his animals:

"Though Tucker is not heroic like Buck from Call of the Wild, and Cooper is not  brave like White Fang, they each were there for me, showing me that an animal's love is unlimited."

Congratulations, Levi!!! You have won the $100 prize for the high school level essay contest. Thank you for sharing with the world how your beautiful animals have had a healing impact on your life.

Warm Springs Care Farm Spring Programs:

BARN CLUB- 

Every kid should feel like they BELONG to something. Get ready for force of BARN CLUB!  

Kids work together, work hard, have fun tending to farm needs, take care of animals, work the garden, and connect with nature, animals, and one another.  Teen mentors 13 and up are welcome to volunteer as leaders! Barn Club teaches hard work ethic, GRIT, resilience, problem-solving, teamwork and social communication skills. Barn Club meets Monday, Wednesday or Thursday after school. Unfortunately, all three barn clubs are currently FULL. To join a waitlist, email Linda at: warmsprings.carefarm@gmail.com

SUMMER CAMPS:

Art on the Farm Summer Camp: Ages 7-11

Animal time, art, music, nature- it is all kids need to unwind!

Session 1: June 3-6, 9-12

Session 2: June 10-13, 9-12

Schedule: 9-10am Animal Feeding/Care Time, 10-11 Art, 11-12 Free Time or special projects. 

Register by emailing child's name, age, school, and favorite animal to warmsprings.carefarm@gmail.com or by phone 208 515 4234. Suggested minimum donation of $80/week.

FUTURE VETERIANIANS CAMPS: June 17-21 

Does your child or teen love animals and want to be a veterinarian?

TEENS: 9-12pm or 9-4pm (ages 13-17) Teen Leaders encouraged to work the second camp as leaders.  Veterinarians and animal experts will teach kids about each animal on the farm: goat, horse, dog and birds.

KIDS: 1-4pm  (ages 7-11) 

Kids will learn practical veterinary, knowledge and skills and have fun during animal care time.  Each day, animal experts will teach kids about a different animal: goat, horse, dog, duck, or chicken.

Suggested minimum donation: $100/week. Register with Linda at warmsprings.carefarm@gmail.com or at 208 515-4234. Upon registration, you will get the address and other information.

MUSIC GROUPS-

Under the direction of music therapist Ian Wilkerson, kids gather, chat, play drums, breathe, sing and connect with one another. Teen Beat meets Wednesdays 5-6pm in the heated greenhouse.  Melodies of healing and expression resonating throughout your journey! Contact Ian Wilkerson at healingandexpression@gmail.com or (208) 960-0368 to register or get more information. Music groups develop social skills, confidence, self-awareness, and self-control, among other benefits.

ANIMAL-ASSISTED THERAPY -

Interested in individual farm-based or animal-assisted therapy with a licensed therapist, one on one? We collaborate with the Warm Springs Counseling Center, so please contact Amy@Hublou.com for more information.

"LET'S TALK ABOUT IT" WORKSHOPS-

Adults connect in groups of 12 or less under the direction of a mental health professional to learn about and discuss important topics that affect us a people, parents and as a community. Past workshops included Narcissism/Controlling People, Radical Self-Care, How to Feel Better, and School Refusal.  If you have an idea for a new topic, please contact Linda Haley at warmsprings.carefarm@gmail.com. Spring 2024: Obssessive Compulsive Disorder, Helping Your Child Navigate Loss, and other topics to be announced.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES- 

Teen and adult volunteers are welcome to help work the farm in a variety of capacities.  Volunteers clean up after animals, feed them and care for them, tend to the garden, organize the grain room and greenhouse, support farm events, etcetera. Special need for gardening volunteers for the spring.

Contact Linda Haley at warmsprings.carefarm@gmail.com or (208) 515-4234 for more information.

FIELD TRIPS FOR SCHOOLS

Students and teachers can visit the care farm and experience a variety of healing, restorative activities that will connect them with nature, animals and one another.  Students rotate through various stations such as equine interactions, garden/horticulture, music engagement, movement & breath, and/or art. Groups generally do three 30 minute rotations.   Contact Linda Haley for more information at warmsprings.carefarm@gmail.com or (208) 515-4234.  

SELF DEFENSE FOR JR HIGH

Get your junior high student that confidence and self-esteem they need to survive the bullies in junior high. Most of these kids are North Junior High kids, but the class is open to ALL junior high kids. It is a great work out and will build kids' practical ability to defend themselves.  Teacher Thoren Rogers is fantastic! This group meets at the Roosevelt School Gym on Mondays at 5pm during winter/spring and moves the the Care Farm when the weather gets better. warmsprings.carefarm@gmail.com for more info or call 208 515 4234 to speak to Linda.

FARM-BASED THERAPY TRAININGS 

In collaboration with the Warm Springs Training Institute and the Children's Home Society of Idaho, we offer training for therapists and teachers at the farm. Contact Amy@Hublou.com for more information.

FOR THERAPISTS-

Farm Based Therapy Principles learn how to incorporate plants, animals, and especially horses, into the healing process. 

The Children's Home Society Partners with WSCF to offer trainings to therapists in the Treasure Valley.

"I left the training feeling excited and with a full heart. I truly appreciate (and resonate) with your “out of the box” approach to helping heal families and our community."

-Kara Kang, Riverstone Counseling

A variety of wonderful volunteers make all the farm programs possible. Contact Linda Haley at warmsprings.carefarm@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer in any capacity.

Questions?

Contact Linda Haley at warmsprings.carefarm@gmail.com  or by phone at 208 515-4234 to get more information.

Contact Amy Hublou at amy@hublou.com for one-on-one therapy   through our partner, the Warm Springs Counseling Center

http://imaginethatventures.org

DONATIONS

100% of your donation is tax deductible. Contact Linda Haley at warmsprings.carefarm.com for specifics on how you can support our project. 

AMAZON WISH LIST- we would love donations in the form of animal and art supplies so we can keep programs free/accessible to

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3R8UG5VZYJUJV?ref_=wl_share


THANK YOU TO THE GENEROUS BUSINESSES WHO SUPPORT THE WARM SPRINGS CARE FARM:

Terravita Landscape and Garden

Idaho Whitewater Unlimited

B&K Painting

D&B Supply

The Discovery Center and the Idaho Botanic Garden

The Lotus Tree Sensory Integration Center

The Studio Salon

Steph Teeter Art

Center for Healing and Expression

Janelle Carberry Yoga

Bogus Basin

Imagine That Farm!, Giddy Up Farm, Warm Springs Care Farm

Chrissy Ray Photography

Perspire Sauna Studio

Stillwater Float Center

Rocket Express Car Wash


To love is to serve.