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.
FALL FAMILY PROGRAM REGISTRATION OPEN!
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.
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."
Thank You Subaru of America Foundation, Inc.
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!
Harvest Celebration - A Bountiful Day for the Family, October 11
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!
Food and drink also available to purchase.
Applications Now Being Accepted for our 2015 Program!
Do you have experience in education or working with children. Are you a team player, responsible AND full of fun? And do you love the thought of helping an educational farm fulfill its mission to "plant kids in nature"? If this sounds like you, then you could be one of our next Teacher-in-Residence interns!
Each year, Slide Ranch selects 10 emerging environmental educators to participate in the Slide Ranch Teacher-in-Residence (TIR) program - a residential teaching internship that fosters environmental educators and prepares them for meaningful careers in education, sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship.
Applications are now being accepted for our 10.5 month TIR Internship. There are just 7 positions available and the deadline is September 20, 2014.
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.
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!
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.
Wish List... We Really Need a Few Things!
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!