The Alpaca Adventure program

The Alpaca Adventure Program is an innovative program designed to promote the mental, emotional, and social well-being of teens through alpaca-assisted activities. This program provides teens with the unique opportunity to observe and interact with alpacas while focusing on mindfulness, stress reduction, self-esteem, empathy, social interactions, and personal growth. 

What is an animal-assisted activity? Animal-assisted activities are informal, non-clinical interactions between humans and animals that are supervised by an animal handler or facilitator. These animal-assisted activities can decrease stress, improve mood and self-confidence, and enhance social communication, while allowing humans to interact and connect in a non-judgmental and nurturing environment.

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Who can participate? Teens 12-19 years of age. 

Location: Stone Farm, 14950 Little Eagle Creek Ave, Zionsville IN 46077

Dates and Times: This is an introductory alpaca-assisted learning program.  Please choose one session from the list below.

 

Priority will be given to first time participants.  If you are interested in repeating the program, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Director of Programs, Sandra Moreira at aplaceforpawssm@gmail.com.

To register please follow the following steps.

 

Step 1

 

Please register here for your session by clicking on the red hyperlinks below: -

  • Spring Session: Sundays April 24-May 29, 2022

    • 1-hour classes, once a week on Sundays for 6-weeks

  • Group A: 2pm-3pm - Session Full​

  • Group B: 3:30pm-4:30pm - Session Full

Please register below for our Summer Mini Camps.

  • Summer Mini Camp I: MWF June 13-17th, 2022 

    • 2-hour classes, 3 times (MWF) in one week

    • 10am-12pm

  • Summer Mini Camp II: MWF July 11-15th, 2022 

    • 2-hour classes, 3 times (MWF) in one week

    • 10am-12pm

  • Fall Session: Registration for the fall session will open at the end of June 2022.

Sundays August 28-October 2, 2022

  • 1-hour classes, once a week on Sundays for 6-weeks.

  • Group A: 2pm-3pm

  • Group B: 3:30pm-4:30pm

 

Step 2

Complete the required forms. 

 

Please return the completed forms via email to aplaceforpawssm@gmail.com or via mail to 1721 Wood Valley Dr., Carmel, IN 46032

Step 3

The Alpaca Adventure Program fee is $150 for a 6-week session or a 1-week minicamp.

 

Once we receive your participation forms and payment, a member of The Chris Center will contact you to confirm your registration. 


If you have questions regarding the registration process, please do not hesitate to reach out via email to our Chief Strategy Officer/Director of Programs Sandra Moreira at aplaceforpawssm@gmail.com.
 

Group Facilitator: The Chris Center Inc. is excited to have Katrina Stewart leading and facilitating our alpaca-assisted activities and program. Katrina is a graduate of the University Notre Dame, certified Holistic Health Coach, and former high school math teacher. She has worked with children, teens, and animals in some form for most of her life. Katrina is very passionate about mentoring people of all ages with the goal of empowering them to discover and learn to love their true selves. She deeply believes in the power of animals in aiding the human journey and is thrilled to be a part of the programming at The Chris Center Inc. 

Arrival and Pick-Up: Participants should be dropped off 5-10 minutes before their session begins and picked up promptly at the end of their session. Because alpacas are animals of prey and are easily overwhelmed by large groups of people, we ask that parents drop their children off or wait in their cars during the program session. When arriving at the farm, please pull into the driveway slowly and be aware of children and animals in the area. 

Cancellations and Weather: Cancellations and no-shows are non-refundable. There will be no make-up classes in the event of a participant’s absence. However, we will offer make-up classes due to any weather-related cancellations initiated directly by The Chris Center, Inc. There is a barn on the property that can be used during inclement weather, but The Chris Center, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any sessions if the weather does not allow for a safe environment.  

Attire: Knowing that sessions will take place in a farm/outdoor environment, all participants should dress accordingly. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes with a hard sole. We also recommend wearing long and comfortable pants. Do not wear any clothing that you don’t want to get dirty.

Scholarship Application - The Chris Center strives to keep our program fees as low as possible. However, sometimes even that is not enough. The Chris Center has been awarded limited scholarship funds to support participants that demonstrated a need. Please fill out our form of financial need to be considered for a scholarship.  Once we receive your form, a member of the Chris Center will call you to discuss your application.

 WHAT OUR TEENS SAY...

Happy Family

Meeting people who are like me in many ways: struggle with anxiety, love animals, and want to be with alpacas.

Teenagers in Park

I liked it because it was easy to talk to others when we did group activities.

Girl in the Fields

I learned I feel way calmer around alpacas.