School and Community Programs are weekday and overnight Environmental education workshops attended by visitors of all ages in the spring and fall.
Here's a short summary of what you can expect.
Large groups are divided into small teaching units with one teacher for every eight or nine students. Activities are tailored to meet each group’s needs.
The curriculum follows an experiential learning model. Through hands-on learning, teamwork and physical activity, the children develop a stronger sense of self, respect for the natural environment, and are given tools with which to make decisions and choices about healthy food and healthy living. The theme of food is used as the universal springboard to teach about an appreciation for the people who grow and raise the food, the soil in which it is grown, the animals that provide food, and the importance of composting and recycling. When children make a sensory, positive connection with the natural environment and healthy food, the experience transforms their general approach to the outdoors, nutrition, health and themselves.
Check out our Online Curriculum!
Our online curriculum platform helps teachers and group leaders provide a deeper learning experience in connection with a visit to Slide Ranch, or to provide opportunities for schools and groups unable to visit Slide Ranch access to our environmental and agricultural education curriculum.
Enjoy a variety of engaging education modules to enhance your Slide Ranch visit before and after, as well as modules with curriculum on specific subjects that are core to the Slide Ranch experience such as Cooking at Slide Ranch, Tidepools and Goat Milking.
Typical Group Activities
A group of second graders might learn how to harvest fresh potatoes, collect eggs from the chickens, milk a resident goat or make rhubarb crisp from the garden. A group of high school students might learn to tend the compost piles, feed the farm animals, make a cheese flavored with garden herbs and hike the trails overlooking the ocean as they engage in discussions about sustainability and making choices that protect our limited resources. A community partner group might camp out under the stars and wake in the morning to take part in the farm’s morning chores: feeding the chickens and harvesting ripe blackberries for breakfast.
The Slide Ranch curriculum meets current education standards across the board. The curriculum is examined each year and evolves to meet the particular goals of each group.
Slide Ranch offers seasonal group programs in the spring (mid February - May) and fall (mid September - November), with limited programming also available throughout the summer (mid June - mid August). Please complete the application form. Questions about group programs can be addressed via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slide Ranch awards scholarships to schools and community groups that demonstrate a significant financial need. To be considered for a group scholarship, please complete our scholarship application.
It is the policy of Slide Ranch to ensure equal treatment to all persons in matters affecting, but not limited to, recruitment, employment, compensation, benefits, promotion, discipline and employment practices, program participation and scholarship awards without regard to a person's race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, disability, national origin or ancestry.
Transportation is an important consideration in planning your visit to Slide Ranch. Due to the rural (and beautiful) location of our site, public transportation is not available. Most commonly, and depending on resources available, groups travel to our site by car, vans, charter buses or school district buses. Slide Ranch staff are available to answer any questions you may have about transportation, and can share charter bus referrals and commonly used fundraising ideas with you. Slide Ranch may also provide a limited quantity of need-based scholarships toward the cost of transportation. For more information, please contact the program office at (415) 381-6155 or email@example.com.
There is a transportation grant available to low-income schools in the Bay Area. Through the Transportation Fund, the Environmental Volunteers provides affordable, easy-to-schedule, efficient and safe transportation for low-income youth (K-12) in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates access to science and environmental education field trips. Update: EVOLs is still accepting applications, but only for a spot on their waiting list. They are not approving new funding at this time.
There may be additional funding available from Youth Outside through their Outdoor Trips Fund.
Driving directions and road conditions as of January 2019 (YES we are still open and YES you can still reach us in buses up to 36 feet):
There is continued roadwork along sections of Highway 1 both South and North of Slide Ranch. SLIDE RANCH REMAINS OPEN!
We are located at 2025 Shoreline Highway (which is another name for Highway 1) in Muir Beach, CA 94965. Our location is North of the residential community of Muir Beach - about 1 mile North of the Muir Beach Overlook.
To reach Slide from Highway 1 North (approaching Slide from most locations including SF, most of Marin and points North, East Bay, South Bay, etc):
• Take Highway 101 (Travel North over the Golden Gate Bridge from SF and the South Bay, travel West over the San Rafael Bridge and connect to 101 South from the East Bay and travel South on 101 from Marin and other points North), and take the Highway 1/Stinson Beach exit. Follow signs towards Highway 1, turning left onto Shoreline Highway, and staying to your left to continue on Highway 1 ("Shoreline Highway") at 3 splits that follow:
a) Beyond the 7-11 at 371 Shoreline Highway, and before the intersection at Panoramic Highway, Highway 1 curves sharply to the left
at an intersection with Loring Avenue. Do not continue onto Loring Avenue - bear left at this Split to continue on Highway 1 (following
signs toward Stinson Beach and Muir Woods).
b) Do NOT turn right at the Split with Panoramic Highway, and do NOT follow any posted detours toward Stinson at
this intersection. Proceed to your left at this split to continue on Highway 1, "Shoreline Highway," following signs towards toward
Muir Beach (not Muir Woods).
c) After passing the Pelican Inn, approximately 2.5 miles before reaching Slide, you will encounter a split where Highway 1 curves to
the left at an intersection with Muir Woods Road. Do NOT continue onto Muir Woods Road, and do NOT follow any posted detours
toward Stinson at this intersection - bear left at this split to continue on Highway 1, towards and past the residential community
of Muir Beach - we are located on Highway 1 ("Shoreline Highway") about 1 mile North of the Muir Beach Overlook.
• You may encounter roadwork, including sections of stopped traffic by signal or CalTrans flaggers - the roadway is open - please drive mindfully and observe signals, signage and instructions from CalTrans.
• Our entrance driveway will be on your left, about 1 mile North of the Muir Beach Overlook, sloping downhill toward the coast.
To reach Slide from Highway 1 South (approaching Slide from further North in West Marin only - Stinson, Bolinas, etc):
• Proceed to Slide via Highway 1 South (which is open), being mindful of any areas of roadwork, including signals, signage and instructions from CalTrans. Our entrance driveway will be on your right, sloping downhill toward the coast - please be mindful not to confuse our "exit" driveway, which you will encounter first - continue South to reach our marked entrance driveway. If you've reached the Muir Beach Overlook, you've missed us and traveled too far - turn around and retrace your way North about 1 mile to reach us.
We can't wait to see you at the ranch!
Please note that bus drivers approaching Slide for the first time are often nervous about our driveway, fearing that they may not be able to turn around. Reassure them that there is enough space to return to the highway by using our ample parking lot and separate exit driveway. Buses up to 36 feet long are permitted to travel on all routes to Slide Ranch.
Please be in touch by phone or email with any questions or concerns: 415-381-6155 or firstname.lastname@example.org