Slide Ranch has been planting kids in nature since 1970. We connect Bay Area children to sustainable farming and healthy eating, and inspire environmental stewardship through programs and camps on our 134 acres of coast lands in Marin, California.


Silver Trowel Award Dinner 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended our Silver Trowel Award Dinner on Thursday, October 23, at the San Francisco Film Centre. 

Almost 200 supportive donors and sponsors enjoyed a night of gourmet food, top-flight wines, memorable entertainment and fabulous fundraising. It was our most successful Silver Trowel yet, measured by the fun, goodwill generated and the funds raised to support our programs

Heartfelt presentations helped set the evening’s tone and guests enjoyed music by Grammy Award Winner Billy Jean. This year’s Silver Trowel Award was given to General Superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Frank Dean, who gave a moving speech about the synergy and impact of the two organizations. 

It was an incredible evening of vision and support. Thank you to everyone that contributed in any way. 

Pictured left to right: Slide Ranch Board Chair Suzette Clarke, General Superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Frank Dean, Slide Ranch Founder Doug Ferguson, Slide Ranch Executive Director Marika Bergsund.

Pictured left to right: Slide Ranch Board Chair Suzette Clarke, General Superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Frank Dean, Slide Ranch Founder Doug Ferguson, Slide Ranch Executive Director Marika Bergsund.


Our Family Programs were a Huge Hit this Fall!

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Thank you to everyone who came to enjoy our Family Programs this fall. Our Toddler Days were particularly popular and many of our programs SOLD OUT. We'll be opening registration for Spring Programs and Summer Camp early in 2015 so check back often.


A Bountiful Time at Harvest Celebration

girl choosing her wool

Thank you to everyone that attended our Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 11. It was a really fun and exciting day with lots of hands-on activities like spinning wool, making a mask, printing a patch, baking bread, planting garlic and more.

We learned about beekeeping from Planet Bee Foundation, The National Parks brought their Roving Ranger and we listened to bluegrass music while munching on Donna's Tamales.  

It was a wonderful day for all the family! Make sure to look out for our Spring Fling and Shear to Shawl family events in spring - we'll be confirming dates early in the new year.


Let's Plant Kids in Nature

Donate today and help a kid experience nature at Slide Ranch

Ever felt a warm fresh egg? Photo by Leanne Hansen.

Ever felt a warm fresh egg? Photo by Leanne Hansen.

Aaron visited Slide Ranch earlier this year with his school. After a jam-packed day at Slide Ranch (including getting over his fear of chickens!), he went home and wrote us a letter. We receive hundreds of letters from children each year. 

To us, every letter is precious - it reaffirms that Slide Ranch has had an impact. We’ve awakened their curiosity and made a difference.  

Read  Aarons story here...

Only with the support of donors like you are we able to offer children from all communities the chance to experience the life-enhancing environmental education programs  at Slide Ranch.

Thank You!

Subaru of America Foundation, Inc. Donates $10,000

Pictured L-R: Marika Bergsund, Executive Director, Slide Ranch; Steven A. Drew, Zone Director, Subaru; Mason Delapp, Zone Operations Specialist, Subaru; Suzette Clarke, Board Chair, Slide Ranch; Julie Hartman, Program Manager, Slide Ranch.

We recently received a $10,000 grant from the Subaru of America Foundation, Inc. to support our School and Community Programs, to help connect San Francisco youth to the outdoors.

Subaru Zone Director, Steven A. Drew, and Zone Operations Specialist, Mason Delapp visited Slide Ranch on August 29 to present the check to our staff.

We are incredibly grateful for Subaru's generous support! 


Read About One Mom's 28-year Slide Ranch Story

When Kin Davis was two years old, she moved with her family from Laos to the USA. Her family didn't have much money but when Kin was a child she visited Slide Ranch with her school as part of a subsidized trip funded by Slide Ranch donors. It left a lasting impression on her, and she credits her time here for helping her realize how much she loves nature. Earlier this year she returned to Slide Ranch with her family to enjoy a Family Campout

Asked why she wanted to bring her Family back to Slide Ranch, Kin replied: "I wanted to share with them Slide Ranch and I wanted that experience to pour on them all at once. I wanted them to experience the same joy and excitement that I experienced." 


VIDEOS

Mom's Day at Slide Ranch 

Watch our goat kids, Waves and Grain, call for their mom and give her a hug!

We're on Disney's Pass the Plate!

Slide Ranch is an inspiring place to teach children about where their food comes from, how to live and eat healthily, and care for our wonderful world. Disney's Pass the Plate visited Slide Ranch to film our educational farm and programs in action.


MORE NEWS

We're in the Huffington Post!

A child feeds a free-range chicken. Photo by Kathleen Buckstaff.

A child feeds a free-range chicken. Photo by Kathleen Buckstaff.

Learn why local writer and photographer, Kathleen Buckstaff, now looks at eggs very differently her read about her experience at Slide Ranch in a fabulous article she recently wrote for the Huffington Post. 

A Subtle Mother's Day Prayer...

Wish List... We Really Need a Few Things!

Every in-kind donation saves money and helps us meet our mission.

Every in-kind donation saves money and helps us meet our mission.

Got a wheelbarrow or binoculars lying around that you don't want any more? Or can donate a camera or iPad to enhance our programs? Then look at our Wish List. We would love new, nearly new or gently used items! 

Take me to the Wish List...

Buy a Tee and Shop for a Cause

Our latest tee is super soft and great for guys and gals!

Our latest tee is super soft and great for guys and gals!

You can wear our latest blue Slide Ranch tee with pride as all proceeds from your purchases go right back into helping us deliver our mission to plant kids in nature! Now that's a great reason to go shopping!

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