• Winter Camp

    WINTER BREAK CAMPS:
    New – 1 day sign-up options!

  • Farm Holiday Celebration

     Farm Holiday Celebration!
    Sunday, December 17, 2017
    Animals, pictures, warm drinks, holiday crafts and more…

  • Register for Programs

    All Programs

    Camps, Family Programs, Events and more

  • Birthday Parties

    BIRTHDAY PARTIES!

  • Donate

    Support kids growing in nature this holiday season

Winter Camp Sign-up

2017-2018 Winter Break Camps
Ages 3-15
Dec. 18-22, Dec. 26-29, Jan. 2-5

Please join us for a camp adventure during the winter break. Let your child experience and celebrate the change of the season this holiday at Connolly Ranch!

Junior Farmers (3-5)
Life on the Farm (5-9)
Connolly Ranch Stewards (9-13)
Counselors in Training (13-15)

Register here

Farm Holiday Celebration

2017 Farm Holiday Celebration
Sunday, December 17th
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Come celebrate the winter holidays at Connolly Ranch on Sunday, December 17th from 10am-12pm. Enjoy the festive farm atmosphere with family, crafts, warm drinks and freshly baked cookies. Spend time with our barnyard animals, enjoy a tractor ride with Farmer Thom, and a take advantage of a free photo session by Classic Photography. We hope you will join us for our Farm Holiday Celebration.

Register here

Earthlings Playschool

Now Enrolling! EARTHLINGS OUTDOOR PLAYSCHOOL

Connolly Ranch’s Earthlings Outdoor programs provide nature-based, tactile, interactive and experiential activities that promote age-appropriate growth and development for young children in the Napa Valley.

M/W mornings: 9 am-12 pm
 or 9am-1 pm w/after-care

T/Th mornings: 9am-12pm
 or 9am-1pm w/after-care

T/Th afternoons: 1-4pm or 12-4pm w/early-care

Register here

Birthday Parties

Birthday parties are led by one of our trained farm educators, and begin by spending time in the barns and pastures visiting with and learning about our barnyard animals, followed by food and free time in our natural playground called the Grove.
You and your guests will have access to our picturesque 12-acre farm, including the animals, garden, grove area, bathrooms, picnic tables and limited kitchen facilities. You provide any food and decorations. Connolly Ranch operates all of its programs on a ‘pack in-pack out’ basis, and therefore we ask that you take all leftovers, plates, cups and other trash/recycling with you. Compost may be left onsite.

Learn more here

SECOND SATURDAYS

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)

SECOND SATURDAYS
Register here

Field Trips

This year, Connolly Ranch celebrates 25 years of field trips!

A working farm in Browns Valley, Connolly Ranch offers engaging, hands-on, farm-based educational programs designed to meet California state standards from preschool to high school. Watch as science, language arts, history, physical education, nutrition, and even math come to life while your students enjoy learning in the great outdoors. In addition to spending time with our farm animals, our field trips teach the sources and benefits of healthy foods and an understanding of how nature works to nourish and sustain us. This program also supports the development of the whole child through opening and closing lessons on how to connect with yourself, nature and each other.

Learn more here

CHILDREN/PARENT PROGRAMS

FAMILY PROGRAMS
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.

Ecology Play Club

ECOLOGY PLAY CLUB (EPiC)
June 15 – August 10, 2016
Wednesdays, 1 – 5 pm
New! Thursdays, 1 – 5 pm

After school on early release Wednesdays and now on Thursdays, Connolly Ranch offers 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 K 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.

Register here!

Farmer Thom Scholarship Fund

The Farmer Thom Scholarship Fund was established on October 7, 2017 during our Centennial Celebration to honor Thom Arcadi’s inspiring career making the ranch accessible to children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. As we honored Thom’s 25 years of service and his many accomplishments, we also raised money for children and families in need to experience all Connolly Ranch has to offer.

Research shows that a child’s connections with animals, natural environments and peers can increase their sense of self-worth, help to develop resiliency skills and offer a foundation for learning and growth in many areas of life – especially in familiar places with which the child has positive associations.

Scholarship funds are available to anyone in need of financial assistance.

Donate or apply here

Get Involved

Support Kids Growing in Nature

Let’s connect kids and families with nature! With your help, we can make our mark by connecting more kids to nature and make needed improvements to our property. Connolly Ranch relies on the support of the Napa community to make it possible to offer field trips to over 4,000 kids and family programs and free events to another 5,000 people. We hope you will consider supporting Connolly Ranch as your local environmental and agricultural education center.

Get Involved Here!

DINNER AT THE RANCH

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
DINNER AT THE RANCH

October 7, 2017

Join us as we celebrate our 100 years of Connolly Ranch! 
This year’s Dinner at the Ranch will be different than any other. We will be transported back in time to 1917 when the Connolly family moved into the ranch’s farmhouse. To mark the occasion, we will dine under the stars with a delicious farm-fresh meal prepared by Chef Bob Hurley and enjoy a speak-easy reception, pre-prohabition era cocktails and unique and themed auction lots. Also, new to this year’s event will be an afterparty near the Big Barn.
All proceeds will benefit Connolly Ranch Education Center, a 501 (c) (3) with the mission to connect children and adults with nature through farm-based education.

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Summer Camps

SUMMER CAMPS
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.

Register here!

What we do

Children’s Programs

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.

Camps
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.

Special Events
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.

Family Programs
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.

Field Trips
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
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.

Upcoming Events

See full Calendar

 

Mission

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.