Upcoming Events


Alive On Fridays
Each Week, June 2 – July 28
Open to all ages
$5/ person

Each week a different guest presenter will provide an informative presentation followed by a hands-on activity. Great for families and guests of all ages!

June 23 – Join Harold & Judy Starbuck of the historic Starbuck Dairy to learn all about dairy farming in the old days of Chaffee County, followed by butter and ice cream making, and eating!

June 30 – Kick of the 4th of July Weekend with some old fashioned fun and games!  Join in on some traditional games like a 3-legged race, corn hole, ring toss, firework tag and a water balloon toss, then enjoy watermelon and lemonade under the shade of the 150-year old willow trees.  Fun for all ages!

July 7 – Join Peggy & Nelson Reininger of Hallmark Ranch Alpacas to learn about raising alpacas. A couple of their alpacas will be here as part of the program, and their presentation will be followed by an activity to make spun bracelets from alpaca fleece.

 *Stay tuned for additional presenters!

Saturday Afternoon Gatherings

Each Week, June 19 – July 29

Join us on Saturday afternoons through the summer for live music, pie, relaxing under the historic willow trees, visiting the animals and touring the site. Great for families!

Youth Programs
Guidestone Colorado’s Farmhands Education Program provides experiential programs for youth and families at the Hutchinson Homestead.
 Single-day programs and multi-day camps engage participants in hands-on learning opportunities focused on current ranching practices, the cultural history of the homestead and traditional skills of pioneers as well as the life of the Ute People before and after the advent of pioneers in the area.

Registration for Summer 2017 Programs is now Open!
Pre-registration required for all programs. Scholarships available.

Rancher Mondays
Dates: Mondays – June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31
Ages: 5 and up
Time 9am-3:30pm
Cost: $350 for the series

This program currently has a waitlist – please email andrea@guidestonecolorado.org for more info

Join us every Monday at the Hutchinson Homestead to explore the daily lives of ranchers from both the past and present. We will begin each Monday with ranch chores and caring for the resident animals, and then we’ll kick off the theme for the week with hands-on activities and adventures! Guest instructors who are experts in their fields will be present at many of these Mondays.

June 5 – Home On the Range
June 12 – Water On the Ranch
June 19 – Life of a Homesteader
June 26 – Blacksmithing
July 10 – Natural Fiber Arts
July 17 – Branding & Roping
July 24 – Pioneer Pantry
July 31 – Walk in the Footsteps

Preservation Camp
Dates: June 13-15
Ages: 8-12
Times: 9am-3:30 pm each day
Cost: $135

Become a Preservationist!  Do you like archeology, architecture, construction, mapping and history?  Then this camp’s for you! During this camp, we’ll dig into what it takes to preserve historic buildings, learn more about what preservationists did here at the Hutchinson Homestead, practice some of the techniques, and gain a new understanding of the value of preservation. Explore the Homestead and it’s building from a whole new perspective!

Kids in Ag Camp
Dates: June 20-22
Ages: 6-11
Times: 9am-3:30pm each day
Cost: $135

Today’s kids are tomorrow’s farmers & ranchers!  Get up close and personal as we spend three days studying the animals that are raised on a farm or ranch: beef and dairy cattle as well as other meat, milk, egg or yarn producers like goats, sheep, llamas, rabbits and pigs. We’ll learn about the care, feeding, and different varieties of these animals, and the agricultural role they play, through people who raise and care for them: ranchers, veterinarians and more. Many of the guest instructors will be kids who are already raising animals through the 4H Program!  If you love farm and ranch animals, this camp is for you!

Ranch Camp
Dates: July 11-13
Ages: 6-11
Times: 9am-3:30pm each day
Cost: $135

Become a Junior Rancher! Have you participated in Hutchinson Homestead programs before and are ready for something more?  Join us for three days going more in depth into rancher skills and tasks.  As we practice important ranch skills like roping, irrigating, and pasture management, we’ll help make the tools we’d need for the trade, help Rancher Abby complete a ranch project, learn how to care for cows, horses and more. At the end of camp, we’ll celebrate with a square dance for campers and their families.

Pioneer Camp
Dates: July 18-20
Ages: 6-11
Times: 9am-3:30pm each day
Cost: $135

This program currently has a waitlist – please email andrea@guidestonecolorado.org for more info

Step into the past and experience the homestead as a pioneer! Pioneers had to be resourceful and hand-make many of the things they needed for daily life.  Leatherwork, sewing, food preservation, needs for the home, tools and even toys and games had to be made by hand.  Join us in this hands-on experience of life in the past. As we step into the footsteps of the many people who have lived and worked at the Hutchinson Homestead, we’ll imagine life on a homestead with the eyes and ears of many different perspectives, sharing our experiences in a homemade journal.  Experience history on a ranch in a whole new way!

For information on all of Guidestone’s Farmhands Education Offerings for Summer 2017, please click HERE!