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    Seasonal Camps, Children’s Programs, Weekend Programs

  • Second Saturday

    Second Saturdays

    Every second Saturday of the month, programs for ages 3-13

  • Walk-in Wednesdays

    Walk-in Wednesdays

    First Wednesday of each month
    April – October: 3-5 pm
    November – March: 2-4 pm

  • After-School Program

    NEW! After-School Program

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    UC Master Gardeners

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EARTH NIGHT FESTIVAL

EARTH NIGHT
April 23, 2016
5-10 pm
Join us for Connolly Ranch’s 2nd annual Earth Night festival and fundraiser, celebrating arts, music, movement and nature.

Live bands, aerial & fire spinning performances, free yoga & movement classes, recycled art activities, an eco-bazaar, raffle, happy hour, food trucks, local wine & beer, farm tours, moonlit nature hikes, telescope for stargazing, onsite childcare and more!

 

RIBBON CUTTING

Beckstoffer GRAPEGROWERS Barn

YOU’RE INVITED! On Wednesday, May 11, as we open the newly completed Beckstoffer GRAPEGROWERS Barn to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Join us at this free event, enjoy refreshments, and tour the heritage poultry barn and all our exciting new residents.

RSVP here

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

ECOLOGY PLAY CLUB (EPiC)
February 3 – March 16, 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.

Upcoming sessions:
March 30 – April 27, 2016
May 4 – June 1, 2016

Register here for sessions throughout the entire school year and check out discounts!

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)

Register here

CHILDREN/PARENT PROGRAMS

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
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.

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

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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.