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Thank you to everyone who has registered and attended Slide Ranch Summer Camp 2015. It was an amazing summer and we look forward to seeing you at camp in 2016!

Slide Ranch Day Camp provides children and teens a unique opportunity to experience the daily challenges and rewards of a working farm through hands-on experience and nature exploration. Your child will leave Slide Ranch camp with lasting memories of being immersed in and nourished by the natural world. This summer we have 10 camp weeks available for various age groups for children 5-13 years old. We also have 3 Junior Camp Counselor weeks for your teenager age 14-18 to attend and help teach. Scroll down to learn more about our need-based scholarship program.

Week One June 15 – June 19 (SOLD OUT)
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)

Week Two June 22 – June 26 (SOLD OUT)
Slide Explorers (5-8 yo)

Week Three June 29 – July 3 (SOLD OUT)
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)

Week Four July 6 to July 10 (SOLD OUT)
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)
Junior Camp Counselors (14-18 yo)

Week Five July 13 to July 17 (SOLD OUT)
Slide Explorers (5-8 yo)
Junior Camp Counselors (14-18 yo)

Week Six July 20 to July 24 (SOLD OUT)
Junior Farmers (8-13 yo)

Week Seven July 27 to July 31
Slide Explorers (5-8 yo) (SOLD OUT)
Junior Camp Counselors (14-18 yo) 

Week Eight August 3 to August 7
Junior Farmers (8-13 yo)

Week Nine August 10 to August 14 (SOLD OUT)
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)

Week Ten August 17 to August 21 (SOLD OUT)
Ranch Rangers (5-13 yo)


Read on to learn more about each camp week, carpooling, scholarship support and AFTERCARE services.

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 wild lands. 

Slide Ranch Teachers-in-Residence lead small, age-based groups of about eight campers, tailoring the activities and focus to the interests, age, and needs of the campers in each group. Camp day begins at 9:00am and ends at 2:00pm or 3:00pm, depending on the week. Aftercare is available Monday through Thursday until 5:00pm for an additional fee. Campers receive a t-shirt and photo with their camp group and should bring lunch every day.

Summer Camps Summary

Slide Explorers - Ages 5 to 8

9:00am to 2:00pm / June 22-26; July 13 - 17; July 27 - 31

The Slide Explorers camp weeks, geared for our youngest campers, abound in hands-on, sensory-rich activities in a slightly shorter day format.  Campers discover exciting tastes, smells, textures and colors in the garden and in simple 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. 

Ranch Rangers - Ages 5 to 13

9:00am to 2:00pm / June 15-19; June 29 - July 3; July 6 - July 10; August 10 - 14, August 17 - 21

Our all-ages 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 Farmers - Ages 8 to 13

9:00am to 3:00pm / July 20 - 24 and August 3 - 7

Older campers gain an in-depth experience and longer day format in the Junior Farmers camp weeks. Campers participate fully in ranch life, practicing principles of organic gardening and animal care, and undertaking stewardship projects. 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.


Jr. Camp Counselors - Ages 14 to 18

8:45am to 2:00pm / July 6 - 10; July 13 - 17; July 27 - 31

Slide Ranch offers Junior Camp Counselors (14-18) the opportunity to experience Slide Ranch camp in a leadership role, assisting the Teacher-in-Residence in leading a group of Slide Explorers and being a role model for the young campers.  Junior Camp Counselors apply for the position by completing a questionnaire describing their interest and relevant experience (application is online.)  The first day of camp includes orientation and training to help prepare them for this role.

Questions? Please email


NOTE: Transportation to Slide Ranch camp will not be available this year due to a shift in services. Contact lists will be available for families interested in arranging carpools.

Slide Ranch encourages carpooling. Three weeks before the start of your child’s summer camp week, we will send you a list of the other families enrolled for that week, sorted by town or city (please opt in to receive these emails). We will help facilitate carpools on the first morning of camp, but it may be helpful to call or email another family from the carpool list prior to the week of camp.  We are located 30 minutes from San Francisco and 15 minutes from Mill Valley


In Aftercare, campers will enjoy a variety of outside adventures and projects, suitable for all ages and energy levels. Activities may include spending time with the farm animals, nature journaling, games, garden scavenger hunts, and more. Please provide any additional snacks or supplies your child may need for a longer day. This will be supervised recreation time by Slide Ranch Teachers for campers of all ages, with a camper to teacher ratio similar to summer camp groups.

  • Hours
    • Monday through Thursday, starting immediately after camp until 5:00pm each day.
  • Cost
    • Aftercare is $15/hour when registration and payment are received before 5:00pm on the Wednesday before your child’s camp week.
    • Aftercare is $20/hour when registration and payment are received after 5:00pm on the Wednesday before your child’s camp week.
    • Siblings receive a 50% discount when registering for Aftercare. (Please be sure to select the Sibling Aftercare option when registering online.)
  • Cancellation Policy
    • You will receive a refund in the amount of 80% of your entire Aftercare purchase if you cancel before 5:00pm on the Wednesday before your child’s camp week.
    • No refund for Aftercare will be issued if you cancel after 5:00pm on the Wednesday before your child’s camp week.
  • Customize Your Week
    • Aftercare purchases may be customized to meet your needs each day of camp. Aftercare may be selected for any number of days during your child’s camp week and can be scheduled in 1 hour increments. Be sure to make each day’s purchase separately and add each choice to your shopping cart.

Scholarship Program

Scholarships are available for low-income families and will be awarded on the basis of need and availability. If you want to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the scholarship application first before registering for camp.

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!  

Cancellation & Change Policy

If you must cancel your registration you will be eligible for a full refund (minus a $50 processing fee per registration) if the cancellation is made at least 6 weeks before the camp starting date. Cancellations received with less than 6 weeks' notice will not be eligible for any refund unless a replacement is available to take your camper’s spot. If you would like to reschedule your camp week, a $25 processing fee will be charged and changes will be accommodated only when there is space available.