CONTACT: Heather Hermann, Communications Coordinator
641-396-2414, ext. 212
CHARLES, IOWA – Wildwood Hills Ranch is pleased to announce the donation of $40,000 to support agricultural curriculum for at-risk youth from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.
“We are grateful for the gift from Iowa Farm Bureau Federation that affords the students we serve with an awareness and appreciation for agriculture.” Al Lorenzen, CEO explained, “The Ranch offers a unique footprint—cropland, water recreation, gardening and horse training—allowing for numerous outdoor learning opportunities.”
Barbara Lykins, Director of Community Resources at IFBF said, “Wildwood Hills Ranch is a beautiful, unique, rural environment and very conducive to teaching STEM concepts as well as helping youth understand what careers relate to agriculture.”
Founded in 2001, Wildwood Hills Ranch, located south of Des Moines, exists to transform lives and strengthen communities by providing healing, hope, and God’s unconditional love to children and youth at risk. The Ranch serves over 1,000 youth from across the state of Iowa annually through it’s Next Steps programming. The Next Steps program makes a unique ten-year commitment to the children served through values based leadership development, equine therapy, agriculture activities, aquatics, team-building and art therapy, designed to put children on paths to hope.