Playing in the sand pits in the grove is a favorite activity at Connolly Ranch…and why not? Feeling the sand between little toes is an important sensory experience during early childhood, watching water create rivers encourages scientific curiosity and making mud pies and dirt soup is more than just fun when fully engaging a child’s imagination. Each year, we lose most of our sand due to weather conditions, poorly enforced boundaries and the cheaper-than-playground sand we purchase.
Ages 3 – 13
June – August
Summer camps at Connolly Ranch offer enticing opportunities for kids to unplug and tune in to the natural world. Sign up now, so your kids won’t miss the chance to connect to nature, form new friendships and enjoy all that Connolly Ranch has to offer.
On Wednesday, May 11th, we opened the newly completed Beckstoffer GRAPEGROWERS Barn to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Donors Andy and Betty Beckstoffer cut the ribbon, those who made it possible were enthusiastically thanked, we enjoyed hors d’oeuves from the Model Bakery, and hundreds of guests welcomed this new addition to the ranch. You can read the full story about our unique heritage poultry barn and all its exciting new residents on our special webpage and on the front page of the Napa Valley Register.
ECOLOGY PLAY CLUB (EPiC)
June 15 – August 10, 2016
Wednesdays, noon – 5 pm
After school on early release Wednesday is a great opportunity for kids to explore nature, be active, experience farm-life and also get some homework done. During Ecology Play Club (EPiC) students in 1st through 5th grade will enjoy fun, hands-on activities that strive to cultivate children’s connection to the environment, inspiring a genuine understanding of how and why we promote clean, healthy habitats for all living things.
Weekends are a time to romp, play and be outside. And what better place for kids than the barns, gardens, pastures and trails at the 12-acre Connolly Ranch just minutes from downtown Napa? Each month new and exciting hands-on, seasonal activities and projects will keep the kids engaged and having a great time as they learn about farm animals, gardening and other important elements of farm life and nature’s lessons.
9-10:15 am Little Farmers: Ages 0-4 (accompanied by a parent or guardian)
10:30 am-2:30 pm Playday on the Farm: Ages 4-12 (drop-off program)
Earthlings, Sounds of Silence, Nature’s Play
and Fun Family Fridays
Connolly Ranch children’s programs provide nature-based, tactile, interactive and experiential activities that promote age-appropriate growth and development for young children in the Napa Valley. We offer fall, winter, spring and summer sessions, and all programs operate rain or shine. Our parent/child programs include Sounds of Silence (ages 0-2), Nature’s Play (ages 2-3), and Fun Family Fridays (ages 1-6) and Earthlings is a drop off program (ages 3-5).
Learn more and pre-register for upcoming sessions.
April 23, 2016
Connolly Ranch’s 2nd annual Earth Night festival and fundraiser, celebrating arts, music, movement and nature, was fun and successful thanks to you. We raised $26,000 to support our field trip program and scholarship fund! Check out pictures, thank yous and a video of the good times 800+ guests enjoyed on our Earth Night page.
Connolly Ranch offers nature-based, tactile, interactive and experiential activities that promote age-appropriate growth and development for young children in an alternative play-based format fall, winter, spring and summer. Some programs are drop-in, while others run as part of a series, and all programs operate rain or shine.
Our one-week day camps change weekly (Life on the Farm, Art Exploration, Farm-to-Table Cooking and Ecology Play), so children may attend more than one camp and learn different things each week. Camps are also offered during spring and winter break. Our new one-day School Holiday Playdays provide fun activities that brighten any holiday.
Connolly Ranch hosts three special events each year. Earth Night in April is a springtime festival and fundraiser celebrating arts, music, movement and nature. Our annual Harvest Festival in the fall is our thank you to the community. And Dinner at the Ranch is our not-to-be-missed event featuring dinner and dancing under the stars and more.
Connolly Ranch offers variety of farm-based environmental education programs, including Sounds of Silence, Nature’s Play and Fun Family Fridays, that provide perfect a fun way to spend time with your little one. Walk-in Wednesdays are the ideal opportunity for the whole family to enjoy time at the Ranch.
Connolly Ranch offers engaging, hands-on educational programs designed to meet California state standards for each grade level. Watch as science, language arts, history, physical education and nutrition come to life while your students are having fun learning.
After school on early release Wednesday is a great opportunity for kids to explore nature, be active, experience farm-life and also get some homework done. Our Ecology Play Club (EPiC) on Wednesday afternoons is for students in 1st through 5th grade.
At Connolly Ranch, kids and families learn about farm life, the role of animals, ecology, sustainability, and an appreciation for nature. We teach organic gardening, the sources and benefits of healthy foods and knowledge of how nature works to sustain us. Connolly Ranch serves over 6,000 children and adults each year through preschool-aged programs, seasonal camps and field trips, serving many underserved schools.
With a mission of connecting kids and families to nature through farm-based education, Connolly Ranch aims to encourage the next generation of environmental stewards.