Summer Camp at Slide Ranch
Registration for 2019 Opening Soon!

Slide Ranch Summer Camps are an exciting way to light up any young person’s summer. Our camps provide unique, hands-dirty opportunities for learning, growth, and fun - all at our working ranch on the stunning Marin County coast. Campers spend their week immersed in the natural world, becoming stewards of the environment. Each camp week is loaded with creative, enriching activities led by skilled environmental educators. Campers milk our goats, care for our chickens, hike our wild lands, explore tide pools, get crafty with wool and nature, tend and harvest our organic garden, make farm fresh food, learn about plant and animal ecosystems, and more. 

This engaging experience will spark a life-long appreciation of the outdoors in your child, and help them explore how people and the environment are all connected.

In 2019 we will host 10 weeks of Summer Camps, each targeting specialized age groups:

  • Slide Explorers (5-8 years old)

  • Junior Farmers (8-13 years old)

  • Ranch Rangers (all ages, 5-13 years old)

We are offering teens, 14-18, the opportunity to each participate in a camp group as a Junior Environmental Educator.

We will also host 2 weeks of Teen Camp featuring special activities for teenagers, ages 16-18. 

2019 Summer Camp Dates: 

Week 1: June 10-14
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)
Junior Environmental Educators (14-18 yo)

Week 2: June 17-21
Slide Explorers (5-8 yo)
Junior Environmental Educators (14-18 yo)

Week 3: June 24-28
Junior Farmers (8-13 yo)
Teen Camp (16-18 yo)

Week 4: July 1-3 *no camp Thurs-Fri*
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)

Week 5: July 8-12
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)
Junior Environmental Educators (14-18 yo)

Week 6: July 15-19
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)
Junior Environmental Educators (14-18 yo)

Week 7: July 22-26
Slide Explorers (5-8 yo)
Junior Environmental Educators (14-18 yo)

Week 8: July 29-August 2
Junior Farmers (8-13 yo)
Teen Camp (16-18 yo)

Week 9: August 5-9
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)
Junior Environmental Educators (14-18 yo)

Week 10: August 12-16
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)
Junior Environmental Educators (14-18 yo)

What Does Your Child Do at Slide Ranch Summer Camp?

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Slide Ranch emphasizes hands-on experience and exploration of our working farm and surrounding countryside. Campers are encouraged to touch, taste, smell, hear, observe, and ask questions. We focus on teaching respect for animals, plants, the earth and each other. Slide Ranch campers milk goats, collect eggs from chickens and ducks, card and spin wool, create nature-based crafts, learn to compost, plant seeds, harvest and cook from our organic garden, and explore the tide pools and trails of our beautiful coastal lands. 

Slide Ranch Teachers-in-Residence, lead small, age-based groups of about 8-10 campers, tailoring the activities and focus to the interests, age, and needs of the campers in each group.

In our Teen Camp, teens spend the week with a cohort of their peers, becoming empowered environmental stewards and forming a connection to the land through conservation work, food and wellness workshops, and hands-on organic farming projects.

In our Junior Environmental Educators program, teens each join a summer camp group and support their Slide Ranch teacher-mentor to facilitate a fun and engaging week of camp.  This program empowers teens with skills and experience to become future youth leaders and outdoor educators, earning a certificate of completion.  Each afternoon, JEEs will join with their peer cohort for team building, nature craft and garden cooking activities and youth leadership training.   

Slide Explorer, Ranch Ranger and Junior Environmental Educator programs begin at 9am and end at 2pm.

Junior Farmer and Teen Camps begin at 9am and end at 3pm.

Aftercare is available for all campers Monday through Thursday in 1-hour increments until 5pm for an additional fee of $20/hour, $15/hour sibling rate. Campers bring their own bagged lunch each day, and receive a Slide Ranch t-shirt.


Help A Child Attend Summer Day Camp

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Slide Ranch is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on donations to subsidize our programs and give low-income families and community groups the chance to experience the wonders of nature and learn about healthy and sustainable living. 

Please make a donation today and help us make Slide Ranch possible for all!  


Ranch Rangers (Ages 5-13)
$450/week (no camp Thurs, July 4-Fri July 5, Week 4 is offered for $275)
Ranch Rangers
 takes place from 9am-2pm Mon-Fri. Aftercare is available until 5pm Mon-Thurs. 
Ranch Rangers camp weeks bring everyone together to enjoy the wonders of Slide Ranch. A great way for siblings to attend camp at the same time, small groups are designated by age and guided in developmentally appropriate activities.

Junior Environmental Educators (Ages 14-18)
$100/week
Junior Environmental Educators 
(JEEs) takes place from 9am-2pm Mon-Fri. Aftercare is available (at no cost for JEEs) until 5pm Mon-Thurs.
Junior Environmental Educators program empowers teens with skills and experience to become future youth leaders and outdoor educators. Junior Environmental Educators each join a summer camp group and support their Slide Ranch teacher-mentor to facilitate a fun and engaging week of camp. Each afternoon, JEEs will join with their peer cohort for team building, nature craft and garden cooking activities and youth leadership training.  

Slide Explorers (Ages 5-8)
$450/week
Slide Explorers
 takes place from 9am-2pm Mon-Fri. Aftercare is available until 5pm Mon-Thurs.
The Slide Explorers camp weeks, geared for our youngest campers, abound in hands-on, sensory-rich activities. Campers discover exciting tastes, smells, textures and colors and in simple garden-based cooking projects. They make connections with and learn how to take care of animal friends. Days are full of fun and games, story-telling, songs, crafts, hikes, beach play and exploration. Children develop their understanding of the needs of animals and plants and make connections with their environment and each other.

Junior Farmers (Ages 8-13)
$475/week
Junior Farmers
 takes place from 9am-3pm Mon-Fri. Aftercare is available until 5pm Mon-Thurs.
In our Junior Farmers weeks, older campers gain an in-depth experience through longer day format and more advanced activities. Campers participate fully in ranch life, undertaking stewardship projects and practicing principles of organic gardening and animal care. They contribute ideas towards shaping their experience, including making choices about more ambitious craft and cooking projects. Guided by a Slide Ranch teacher and working as a team, campers investigate native plant and animal habitats and ocean/tidepool ecology, and take on more challenging hikes to explore new terrain.

Teen Camp (Ages 16-18)
$350/week
Teen Camp
 takes place from 9am-3pm, Mon-Fri. Aftercare is available until 5pm Mon-Thurs.
Teen Campers spend the week in a group with their peers, developing as environmental stewards and forming a connection to the land. Through conservation work, food and wellness workshops and hands-on sustainable farming projects, teens learn life skills through the themes of sustainable living, food and nutrition, and environmental stewardship and have fun engaged in the natural world.

Recap of all 2019 Summer Camp Dates (by week):
Week 1: June 10-15, 9am-2pm
Ranch Rangers (5-13)/Junior Environmental Educators (14-18)
Week 2: June 17-21, 9am-2pm
Slide Explorers (5-8)/Junior Environmental Educators (14-18)
Week 3: June 24-28, 9am-3pm
Junior Farmers (8-13)/Teen Camp (16-18)
Week 4: July 1-3 *no camp Thurs-Fri*, 9am-2pm
Ranch Rangers (5-13)
Week 5: July 8-12, 9am-2pm
Ranch Rangers (5-13)/Junior Environmental Educators (14-18)
Week 6: July 15-19, 9am-2pm
Ranch Rangers (5-13)/Junior Environmental Educators (14-18)
Week 7: July 22-26, 9am-2pm
Slide Explorers (5-8)/Junior Environmental Educators (14-18)
Week 8: July 29-August 2, 9am-3pm
Junior Farmers (8-13)/Teen Camp (16-18)
Week 9: August 5-9, 9am-2pm
Ranch Rangers (5-13)/Junior Environmental Educators (14-18)
Week 10: August 12-16, 9am-2pm
Ranch Rangers (5-13)/Junior Environmental Educators (14-18)

Aftercare 

Aftercare is available for all campers Monday through Thursday in 1-hour increments until 5pm for an additional fee of $20/hour, $15/hour sibling rate (no cost for JEEs). There is no pre-registration for after care. Campers can drop-in and families can pay by check or credit card at the time of service or at the end of the week.

Scholarship Program

Scholarships are available by application for low-income families and will be awarded on the basis of need and availability. Please apply here.

Cancellation and Change Policy 

You will be eligible for a full refund (minus a $50 processing fee) if your Summer Camp cancellation is made at least 8 weeks before the Program start date. Cancellations received with less than 8 weeks' notice WILL NOT be eligible for a refund unless a replacement is available to take your spot. If you would like to reschedule your program, a $50 processing fee will be charged and changes will be accommodated only when there is space available.