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.


LATEST NEWS 

Read how 350 amazing Clif Bar employees achieved 3 years of work in 1 day for Slide Ranch!

Clif Bar & Company enjoy a well-earned lunch and gather for a group photo at our campground over-looking the Pacific Ocean.

Clif Bar & Company enjoy a well-earned lunch and gather for a group photo at our campground over-looking the Pacific Ocean.

It was lightly foggy at 9 o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, June 11, when tens of cyclists, scores of cars, and a fleet of buses started to roll in to the parking lot at Slide Ranch. Out poured 350 eager, smiling faces that were greeted by equally excited staff and Teachers-in-Residence from Slide Ranch. The Clif Bar & Company Companywide 2080 Day had begun. Clif Bar employees now give back over 10,000 hours annually to community projects through Project 2080, and a sizable chunk of that time was about to be generously donated to Slide Ranch. 

Clif Bar employees worked incredibly hard all day. They built garden beds and footbridges, waterproofed houses, removed invasive plants, painted signs, cleared trails and more. The amount of work they completed was equivalent to three people's full-time jobs at Slide Ranch for one year - amazing stuff.

Read the full story and view our packed photo gallery from the day...


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Help Us Plant Kids in Nature!

chick in hand

Aaron recently visited Slide Ranch 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 Aaron's story...

“It was a new experience for me to be on a farm, and the trip makes me think that there is a lot out in the world for me to see.”

“It was a new experience for me to be on a farm, and the trip makes me think that there is a lot out in the world for me to see.”


EVENTS

Thank You Donors - We Couldn't Do It Without You!

Teacher-in-Residence, Elena, teaches a young guest how to make a flower crown.

Teacher-in-Residence, Elena, teaches a young guest how to make a flower crown.

Almost 100 of Slide Ranch's most generous donors and their families joined our staff and Teachers-in-Residence for a fun-filled family farm day, on May 31.

First stop of the day was the "Welcome Circle". Overlooking the ocean, our teachers welcomed all of our guests and took them through the three essential components of a Slide Ranch experience: learn something new, get dirty and have fun! 

Guests took part in an array of hands-on craft and learning activities, and enjoyed a wholesome lunch with salad harvested fresh from our organic garden. Not only was it a great chance for our donors to meet fellow supporters, but an opportunity for us to say a very big THANK YOU too!

PROGRAMS

Kids Courier & Aftercare Drop-in Options for Summer Campers!  

Kids get immersed in nature and have a great time at Slide Ranch's Summer Camps!

Kids get immersed in nature and have a great time at Slide Ranch's Summer Camps!

Drop-in and late booking options now available for Summer Day Camp Aftercare and Kid Courier transportation services. 

If you need a little more flexibility with your Summer Camp pick up schedule, our Aftercare option is for you. Pre-purchase of aftercare ends at 5pm on the Wednesday prior to camp. Drop-in rate is $20/child per hour, sibling rate is $10/hr.  Learn more...

And, if you're still trying to figure out transportation, let us help you! Kid Courier can take per diem sign ups even after online registration has closed. Rates are $20/day. Space is on a first-come-first served basis and needs to be reserved directly with Kid Courier. Learn more...


WISH LIST

I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight...

Our wheelbarrows are heavily used for gardening and farm maintenance, but kids also seem to love them! Photo taken by Charles Gifford at Spring Fling 2014.

Our wheelbarrows are heavily used for gardening and farm maintenance, but kids also seem to love them! Photo taken by Charles Gifford at Spring Fling 2014.

Got an orchard ladder, 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! Every in-kind donation helps offset hard costs, saving us money and allowing us to direct more of everyone's donations to delivering our environmental education programs and camps. 

Take me to the Wish List...


SHOP

New Slide Ranch Tee is here!

Next time you visit Slide Ranch, you'll likely see many of our team members sporting our new ink blue t-shirt featuring our iconic chicken on sheep logo. You can wear your Slide Ranch support with pride, knowing that all the proceeds from your purchase go right back into helping us deliver our mission to plant kids in nature! Now that's a great reason to buy our new super soft tee (and maybe a hoodie and some yarn too)!

Shop online today!


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

Slide Ranch 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 wrote for the Huffington Post. 

A Subtle Mother's Day Prayer...

West Marin Farms Development Day

Staff getting stuck in during their West Marin Farms Development Day.

Staff getting stuck in during their West Marin Farms Development Day.

Our Teachers-in-Residence and farming staff took part in a West Marin Farms Development Day to learn about a variety of sustainable farming practices, and be inspired by successful, local organic farmers.

 Read more and see photos...

From the Army to Farming

Angela with her family and Slide Ranch friends. Photo by Jeff Macloud.

Angela with her family and Slide Ranch friends. Photo by Jeff Macloud.

We said goodbye and good luck to Angela Leyba, a military veteran who graduated from our first Farming Internship with The San Francisco Foundation and Farmer Veteran Coalition. She now plans to open a restaurant.

Read her story...


Read the latest news stories on our News page and view photos in our Photo Gallery.