A group of students smile during an animal assisted learning session

Equine and Animal Assisted Learning

Equine and animal-assisted learning (EAAL) celebrates the human-animal connection by providing facilitated activities to motivate, educate, and enhance the general quality of life for clients. Our adaptive farm offers a naturally calm and nurturing environment which provides participants with a great opportunity to learn about themselves and others.

Program Details:

Main Stay’s equine and animal-assisted learning sessions provide insightful interactions with the farm’s varied animals which are facilitated by specifically trained and certified instructors.

Sessions offer interactions with large and small animals where individual clients and groups of all ages set and achieve social and academic goals. Clients combine being in nature while working with animals and peers to experience success through a wide variety of activities.

Clients learn important social and emotional learning (SEL) skills, like how to:

  • Communicate more effectively and advocate for themselves.
  • Recognize safe people and healthy mentors.
  • Initiate and develop connected and positive friendships.
  • Have healthy boundaries and communicate authentically.
  • And learn the benefit and importance of self-care and self-preservation.

Sessions Offered

EAAL sessions are typically offered as 1-2 hour sessions over the course of at least 4 weeks. These sessions differ from single visit experiences. Length, format and duration of sessions are based on the individual needs of the client or group.

EAAL are not eligible to be billed through insurance plans.

Contact Us

Main Stay collaborates with community partners, like public schools, county mental health agencies and treatment programs offering opportunities for growth and progress for a wide variety of clients.

Contact Us to learn more about our EAAL program and how to register.

AAL Registration

How You Can Help

Main Stay is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and receives no state or federal funding. Through the generosity of individuals, private foundations, corporations and service organizations, Main Stay is able to touch hundreds of lives each year.
Accomplishments & Accreditation
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