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Helping kids learn more about ranch life


We love any place that understands and celebrates the real stories and real people of ranching and farming. Which is why we’re giving a nod to the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum. Tucked into a barnlike structure and 47 acres in the small town of Las Cruces, the museum aims to tell the 3,000-year history of farming and ranching in the state of New Mexico.

But what you’ll learn here goes beyond the tales from New Mexico farms to the stories and lessons learned by farmers and ranchers everywhere. And much of it is told in an interactive way. You can watch a cow being milked, wander past corrals filled with livestock, stroll several gardens or watch any of a number of demonstrations. For some visitors—especially children—it’s the first time they have any concept of the kind of work done by those who toil with crops or livestock. For others, it’s a walk down memory lane to farming practices of days gone by. If you’re near Las Cruces, it’s worth a detour.

And do you have a favorite museum that spotlights the world of ranching, horses, or cowboys? If so, drop us a note (click on the envelope, at left) or post a comment.

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  • Sandra Calhoun

    My family is spending this upcoming summer in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and I am putting my children in this very unique Spanish Immersion Horse Camp. Everyday for a week they’ll go out to this ranch close to town, learn horsemanship, learn about the flora and fauna of the region and also about traditional ranch living. Check out the website http://www.coyotecanyonadventures.com, they also do daily trail rides if you are ever in San Miguel.

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