Wolfe Ranch

2932 240th Street --Marshalltown, Iowa 50635

Princess Tea Party

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A Day With A Knight Day Camp

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If your kids are bored at home this summer, and are looking for something super fun to do… send them to Wolfe Ranch for our August 2, 2019 DayCamp (from 9 am to 4 pm).

Chuck Friend, a local photographer, Wolfe Ranch Volunteer, and Professional Renaissance Enthusiast will be coming to the ranch with his authentic 13th Century Knight armor and teaching us about Medieval Knighthood.  Youth will be able to  try on the armor, and then get their picture made with a knight.  There will be medieval games and crafts, time with the horses, and so much more!  Don’t delay register today before all of the slots are filled, please call 641-752-6446 or e-mail wolferanchquakerdale@gmail.com to RSVP.  The camp cost is $50.00 per child, which also includes lunch.  We are so excited about hosting this camp, and we know your kids will be talking about this event for a long time after it’s over!  Please share with your family and friends about this wonderful opportunity!

Lennox Quakerdale Ladies Visit Wolfe Ranch

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Recently, Wolfe Ranch and Quakerdale Family Services had the privilege to host some of the Ladies who were here in Marshalltown for the Lennox Quakerdale Golf Tounament.
The ladies enjoyed a facility tour, and then had fun becoming a “team” while they worked together “problem solve” and create a “solution” during EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) activities in our horse arena.
It was a great time for all who attended, and we hope that you will all come back to visit us soon! Click on the link below to enjoy all of the photos!


Summer’s On, Full Speed Ahead!

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Summer’s “On”, Full Speed Ahead

After a unusually wet spring, Summer’s “On”, and  it’s full speed ahead for staff at Wolfe Ranch.  Our ranch staff  have been busy making visits with our horses to community events around the area.  We have even had requests for our horses to come and visit nursing homes, veterans, and other children’s groups.  A friend of the ranch has graciously allowed us to borrow a trailer for these outings, but we are currently seeking a new truck/trailer of our own.  If you like to give specifically towards this project, please send your donation to 2932 240th Street Marshalltown, IA  50158 and mark your donation for the Wolfe Ranch Trailer/Truck project.

We are thankful for Dave Smith, our ranch manager, as he has been busy making hay in his “spare time” (for our horses to eat this winter).  Dave also teaches riding lessons at Wolfe Ranch, and works hard to keep the ranch in great shape!  Thanks Dave for all you do!


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Harvest Party, and Christmas In The Stables Coming Soon….Save the Dates

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You will not want to miss these events at Wolfe Ranch! So make sure you add these dates to your calendar now!

Harvest Party At Wolfe Ranch

will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 4pm  to 7 pm.  The ranch will be open for all to explore. Come out to visit the horses, take a wagon ride, play games and more.

During the Wolfe Ranch Harvest Party, Hope4Healing will doing a  chilli/barbeque cookoff contest at the ranch.  There will be divisions for youth, adult amateur, and adult professionals.  For information on how to partcipate, please e-mail  info@hope4healingquakerdale.net orcall  1-855-584-4673  ext 701 .

Christmas At the Stables 

will be Friday, December 13 from 2 pm to 7 pm, and December 14, 2019 from 10 am to 4pm.  Come meet the horses,  tour the ranch, finish up your Christmas shopping with the help of our vendors, enjoy Christmas music, and much more!

  We are now taking applications for vendors inside the ranch, and also groups or organizations who would like to decorate a Stable Stall for our contest.  Slots are limited, so please RSVP to reserve your spot.  Please email inquiries to wolferanchquakerdale@gmail.com


O.K. Corral Series Coming to Marshalltown

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We are getting more and more excited as our time for this event draws near. Are you a mental health professional who wants to add a uniqueness to your practice? Are you a horse lover with a passion for helping others?

Join us for this three day seminar. The O.K. Corral Series educates, promotes, and supports professionals in the practice of authentic equine-assisted work. Authentic equine-assisted work honors and integrates natural horse and herd behavior as a model for human mental and emotional health using the equine-assisted philosophies developed by Greg Kersten, Founder of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

 Click here to register for this seminar. 

Looking for a place to stay while you attend this seminar? BARGAIN ALERT: We have rooms at the Wolfe Ranch of Quakerdale that sleep up to three people to a room or private rooms. These rooms are only $50 a night – Includes all meals! Contact us for information 641-752-3912.




School’s out–Now what?

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Are your kids bored at home already this summer?  Check out our line-up for summer camps–it’s not to late to register!  They’ll have a blast!




10-11 Two Day Camp: “Horsing Around 101: Understanding Horses Better camp will
focus on history of horses, grooming, and caring for horses. Geared for Grades K-6, $100 (for
both days includes lunch each day) Camps are from 9-4:3012th Grooming 101 9-10:30 A.M., Geared for 3rd-8th graders.$5 per youth

17th Story Time At The Stables ($5 per child) 9-10:30
20-21 Two Day Camp (Wildlife Adventures) : Learning about Iowa’s wildlife (K-6th) $100
for both days includes lunch each day) Camps are from 9-4:30

July 12th One Day Camp Grooming 101 9-4:30 Geared for 3rd -8th Graders $50 (includes
lunch) Camps are from 9-4:30.
27 Visit The Ranch for OK Corral Training (Come watch an EAL Horse Therapy Session)

29 -31, 2019 Equine Care and Careers; 8:30 am to 12 pm; Through Kids to College
Program in conjunction with (Iowa Valley Continuing Ed.) Register on-line via Iowa Valley at
Equine Care/Exploring Careers in the Equine World (July) Wolfe Ranch Staff
Learn about caring for and grooming horses, equine health care, and exploring different careers
in the equine field. Class will be working with horses at the Wolfe Ranch. Participants must wear
closed toe shoes (no flip flops or sandals allowed). Additional equine waiver must be completed
by parent or guardian. Grades 3 – 8

1-2 Two Day Camp A Day In The Life of A Knight–Geared for K-6th Learn About the Code
of the Knight, and Try on Real Knight’s Armor; enjoy Knight Activities, and Crafts ($100 includes
lunch both days) Camps are from 9-4:30). Must Pre-register

Monday, August 5th “Princess Tea”; 9-11 am Kids–Bring Your Favorite Grown-Up, Wear
your favorite princess dress and come have tea/refreshments at the ranch). Listen to Stories
about Princesses, Make Crafts, and Have your picture made with our favorite unicorn (pictures
are included). $25 per child; must pre-register.

19- Riding lesson #3 Sign Up 5-7 pm

21 K-6th Pretty Pony Camp for Girls, Come paint a real horse/pony, make crafts, and have a blast!
9:15-2 pm; $45.00;

28th Watch for our float in the Oktemberfest Parade

5th Cowboy Camp Boys K-6th , 9:15-2 pm; $45 Come be a cowboy for the day at the ranch; enjoy
working with ponies, play cowboy games, practice lassoing, and much more!

19th Harvest Party (Come Enjoy Wagon Rides, Games, and Have a Great Time as a Family or
Group at The Ranch. Also Enjoy our Chili Cook Off. More Details to be announced.

November: Events To Be Determined

Save the Dates!  December 13-14 Christmas At The Stables




** We may be adding more events in the future, watch our facebook page and website for more

Highlights from our Dinner Party

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It’s A Dinner Party!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our dinner party this evening!  It was a great time of fellowship,  and the roast chicken  by Cowboy Dave was terrific! Enjoy the pictures below, and if you missed out on this event, let us know us if you would like to attend the next one! Also check out our webpage for upcoming events and youth camps this summer!  Have a wonderful weekend!                                                   Cowboy Dave, Melissa, and Beth




2019 Event Calendar

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Have you ever wanted to  attend Story Time In A Barn, Take Horse Riding Lessons (All Ages), Attend a Princess Tea/Unicorn Party,  Explore Iowa Wildlife, Learn About Knights, Learn How to Groom a Horse, Learn About Equine Careers, “Paint” a pony, or Be a “Real” Cowboy”?  If you  know of youth interested in some of these classes, check out this link  Wolfe Ranch 2019 Calendar of Events.

Did you know that you can surprise someone with a gift certificate to attend a camp here at the ranch or buy a gift certificate for horse riding lessons. The certificates make great presents!   You can also make a reservation for a birthday party, graduation party, or other upcoming events!  Call 641-752-3912 or message us through FB to make a reservation.  You can also now pay on-line!

2018 Reflections

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Greetings from the Wolfe Ranch!  As we are writing this blog, Iowa  currently has a blustery windchill of -53 degrees on this chilly January day ….brr.  Here at the Wolfe Ranch, we are busy planning for (and dreaming of ) warmer days, and we are excited to share the 2019 calendar with many NEW events SOON!  In the meantime, here’s a chronological look what we accomplished in 2018.

In April 2018, there were some key ranch staffing changes as David  (“Cowboy Dave”) was hired as the new onsite Ranch Manager, and Melissa came on staff to help with office management, and marketing/programming.

In June, summer horse riding lessons were added, and a new program “Story Time At The Stables” was held for children with story time in the barn, songs, crafts, meeting “Cowboy Dave”, and petting horses/ponies. 

“Grooming 101” was held for school aged youth and taught the basics of horse grooming and safety. We had over 60 youth attend these three camps in June. We also successfully hosted our first ranch themed birthday party!

 In July, the ranch ended up playing a very unexpected role in helping the Marshalltown community with tornado disaster relief. Through word of mouth and media, we were able to reach out to the community to provide meals here at the ranch (the meals were prepared/donated by various restaurants), and provided a place for people to shower, do laundry, or stay if needed. Many families and a Disaster Relief Team ended up physically staying here and maxed out the ranches sleeping capacity over a period of three weeks. Those who visited and stayed here, could not believe what beautiful accommodations they had been blessed with, and were thankful for our hospitality.

In August, the ranch staff donated 6 riding lessons and two camp admissions to a Marshalltown Strong Community Fundraiser Event, and 100% of this events funding went to MICA for families in need. The ranch staff also met with the Marshalltown Library Children’s Director, and donated two children’s camps for an upcoming drawing.Finally, the ranch donated 6 free riding lessons to those who registered at the Family Services/Wolfe Ranch/Hope4Healing Booth at a Carnival in the Park Event in Newton, Iowa. The riding lesson winner was drawn via FaceBook Live in our barn.    

Fall at the ranch went by quickly as we were busy making hay, repairing fences, marketing, and hosting booths at community events. Dave continued to teach Fall horse riding lessons, and we began boarding horses at the ranch.  The ranch hosted a new volunteers meeting and we were thankful that several new volunteers came on board to help out with projects and camps.

In September and October, the ranch hosted My Pretty Pony Camp, and Cowboy Camp.  The camps were a huge success and a lot of fun for the staff, volunteers, and the campers.  We received positive feedback from the campers and families as to how much the young people loved coming out here, and at the end of the day, many of the kids didn’t want to leave. Another favorite Fall activity was the Marshalltown Oktemberfest parade, in which the ranch float was pulled by a team of four Clydesdales owned by one of our board members, Steve Fevold.  It was a great time for all!

In November, the ranch launched our Caring for Our Horses campaign to help rebuild our front fence along the Highway.  If you are interested in learning more about this campaign click here.

Our end of the year finale, Christmas in the Stables, was held at the Wolfe Ranch December 14-15, 2018. The event was a tremendous success, and was well attended!  The 50 degree Iowa December weather was incredible, and even our 4-legged friends enjoyed getting dressed up for the occasion.   

Our barns were beautifully decorated by area businesses and organizations that competed in a stall decorating contest.  Canned goods were collected for our local Salvation Army’s food pantry, and inside the ranch house was beautiful holiday decor, Christmas lights, music, and Santa.  Vendors helped holiday shoppers finish last minute shopping. Finally, two non-profits, NEI3A and Hope4Healing, procured and decorated our ranch bedrooms with Christmas trees of all sizes and decorations for those who had lost their decorations during the Marshalltown tornado and flooding afterwards. It was rewarding to see the smiling faces and tears when the trees and decorations were given out to those in need.   

As we gear up for 2019, the ranch staff is putting together many new programs for youth including a new line-up of summer day camps for children and new programming for our Veterans. Don’t miss out, follow the Wolfe Ranch on facebook, or go to our website at https://www.wolferanchquakerdale.org/  for more information about future events! We look forward to serving you in 2019!

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