It's not every day a child can learn to milk a goat.

For that matter, it's not every day children can make goat milk ice cream, either, but those are just some of the activities that take place at TRAK Ranch Summer Camp, at 3230 N. Craycroft Road.

TRAK, or Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids, offers children the opportunity to be around various animals, ride horseback and participate in other activities such as water play, games and craft-making, said Jill Prickett, the nonprofit's founder and executive director.

"We like to give the children the opportunity to interact with animals they typically don't get to see," she said.

By the end of the program, "these kids walk away with the basic knowledge as to where their food comes from," Prickett said.

In addition, the children make the connection between fleece from sheep, which is where wool comes from, and clothing made from it, such as sweaters and scarves, she said.

During the weeklong session, children ages 5 to 12 dye wool from sheep on the property, learn about pigs, donkeys and chickens, and create crafts such as eggshell mosaics using eggs from the ranch's ducks and geese, Prickett said.

For Stella Fina, 7, horseback riding is what it's all about.

"We have horses at our house and I am looking forward to riding," she said. "Horses are so soft, when you are tired, you can almost fall asleep on them."

Each session is limited to 20 children, Prickett said, and the camp runs weekdays through July 1.

If you go

What: TRAK (Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids) Ranch Summer Camp for children ages 5-12

Where: 3230 N. Craycroft Road

When: Weekdays through July 1

Cost: $225 per child per week

For more information: Call 298-9808 or go to

Contact A.E. Araiza at 954-3154 or