National Ranching Heritage Center Sponsors Summer Youth Classes

For the ninth year the National Ranching Heritage Center is offering summer classes for students in first through sixth grade.

The ninth annual Summer Youth Classes will be held July 14 to 18 at the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC), 3121 Fourth Street, Lubbock. Classes are designed for elementary students in first through sixth grade.

Courses, each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes, are scheduled in two blocks of time. The first is 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., and the second from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students may sign up for one or two classes at a cost of $25 per course. Camp T-shirts are available for $9 in advance or $11 after classes start.

"The summer program provides a fun, learning environment for young students in age-appropriate classes set among the Center’s historic structures," said Emily Arellano, education director at the NHRC. "Because many students learn by doing, hands-on activities are planned for each day of the program. This is an excellent opportunity for children to see what life was like for the early settlers and ranchers of this area while also having fun."

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. More information and registration are available on the NRHC Web site at or by calling 742-0498 or e-mailing

Class schedule:

Grades 1–3 / 8:30–10:15
Spinning and Weaving — Card, spin and dye natural wool just as early Spanish setters did to make household items. Weave on a simple frame loom to make your own woven project.

Days of the Bison — Travel through the Old West with Col. Charlie Goodnight and Chief Quanah parker. Make dream catchers go on a buffalo hunt and more as you explore the real West.

A Day on the Trail — Students will make their own rope, cowboy vest and gear and learn about an Old West cattle drive. On the last day of class, they’ll compete in a stick horse rodeo.

Grades 1–3 / 10:45–12:30
Storytelling by the Campfire — Be entertained by wacky Western stories about cowboys. Learn about the many uses of the bandana, cowboy hat and boots; learn about branding cattle and more.

Pioneer Living — Learn about the pioneers and how they settled this area. Experience what life was like for a 19th century child by participating in wash day, attending classes in a one-room school, making pioneer crafts and playing period games.

Little Houses on the Prairie — Express your artistic side as you study some of the NRHC structures. Learn basic watercolor skills as you paint the buildings.

Grades 4–6 / 8:30–10:15
Spinning and Weaving — Card, spin and dye natural wool just like early Spanish setters did to make household items. Weave on a simple frame loom to make your own woven project.

Western Movie Making — Experience the fun of moviemaking while learning about the history of some of the NRHC structures. Help write a script, direct and act in a short film.

Leather Pushers and Cow Riggins — Discover the types and varieties of leather and how it is used to make saddles, chaps and more. Cut, stamp, finish and braid leather into projects to take home. Learn what "leather pusher and cow riggings mean."

Grades 4–6 / 10:45–12:30
The Ranch Hand Experience — Hire on to work as a NRHC Ranch Hand and earn your keep for performing tasks at structures from the XIT, Long S and Matador ranches. Be rewarded for your work at the end of the week with a visit to the Waggoner Commissary to spend your earnings on cowboy merchandise.

Let’s Rodeo! — Work with an experienced rodeo team to learn about all aspects of the rodeo roundup, such as proper horse care and grooming, saddling up with the right gear and perfecting your roping skills.

Everyday Lie on the Frontier — Learn how pioneers survived on the trail. Plan a trip across the frontier, learn how they built a dugout house and participate in chores such as cooking and candle making.