Project Details


Project Description

The Safety Net Project serves youth referred by families, agencies and schools who need extra support to manage their behaviors and cope with their particular life challenges.

After-School Groups

  • Experiential approach to social and emotional learning
  • 9 weekly sessions (90-minutes) per quarter
  • 4-6 youth, 2 staff, the animals, and volunteer mentors
  • Start and end with a group circle
  • Youth are typically paired with a horse partner to learn from for the quarter
  • Time is spent in group activities and one-on-one with a horse and mentor
  • Fall, Winter, & Spring Quarters


To reserve a spot, please contact our Program Coordinator, Shannon, via email or phone (360-671-3509) for an intake. Once it is determined that our program could be a good fit for your youth, we require a $100 deposit* and completed registration packet mailed to Animals as Natural Therapy at 721 Van Wyck Road, Bellingham WA, 98226.

A youth program spot is not reserved until deposit & registration forms have been received. If a youth is unable to attend the program after registering, $75 of the $100 deposit can be refunded IF another youth is found to take their spot.


$75 per weekly session / $675 per 9-week quarter

“My horse Sundance has taught me to keep at it until I get it right. This has really helped me improve my grades and test scores. Now I review my tests and fix wrong answers. My grades have really improved and now I want to be a vet.” –Olivia, 14 Year Old Foster Youth


*Limited scholarships available – We require a $50 minimum payment from all families regardless of scholarship awarded.*

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please complete our Financial Aid Application and submit 4 weeks before the start of the next quarter (August 13th for Fall 2018) to be considered for the first round of financial aid.

Completed forms can be mailed to Animals as Natural Therapy 721 Van Wyck Road, Bellingham WA, 98226, or emailed to A $25 deposit is required by the deadline in order for a spot to be reserved if scholarship funds are awarded.


Information on additional funding resources coming soon!


Please note: ANT After-school groups are not a horseback riding program – while there may be riding involved, we can suggest a number of other great programs in Whatcom County if your child is specifically interested in riding.