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.


Share the wonders of Slide Ranch together as a family when you join one of our fabulous Family Programs this fall! 

You and your family can milk a goat, collect eggs from our chickens, and explore our organic gardens and coastal wild lands. Learn about native plants and ecology on our trails, make nature crafts and recycled material art, cook with foods from our garden, card and spin wool from our sheep, explore our tide pools and more!  Under the guidance of our experienced teachers, our Family Programs are unique, fun and truly memorable.

Enjoy our Family Campouts (Sept 20-21 & 27-18), Family Farm Days (Nov 1 & 15), Toddler Days (Oct 4 & Nov 8) and our amazing Harvest Celebration on October 11 which celebrates the beauty and bounty of the fall.

Upcoming Events

Harvest Celebration - A Bountiful Day for the Family, October 11

Join us for our Harvest Celebration on October 11 - Enjoy nature crafts, live music and meet our animals!

Join us for our Harvest Celebration on October 11 - Enjoy nature crafts, live music and meet our animals!

Celebrate the season of bounty in the style of an old time country fair! Slide Ranch's annual Harvest Celebration takes place on October 11, 2014 at our farm just 1.5 miles north of Muir Beach overlook.

It's a fun-packed day offering seasonally-inspired crafts and activities - build a scarecrow, spin wool from our sheep, make and bake dishes from food freshly picked from our garden, and learn how to preserve the harvest! 

You can also enjoy a hike, go tide-pooling and meet our animals too! Bring a picnic and enjoy live, kid-friendly music and breathtaking Pacific ocean views.

Tickets are $30 per /person and children 24 months and under are FREE!

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." 

Help Us Plant Kids in Nature!

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.  

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.  

Click here to read Aaron's story...


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.


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! 

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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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