• Summer Camp

    Summer Camp Registration now OPEN!

  • Current Programs

    Current Programs & Events

  • Birthday Parties

    BIRTHDAY PARTIES!

Donate

Help us sustain Connolly Ranch Education Center here.

Calendar

Check out our calendar of events!

Current Programs

Check out all upcoming programs here!

School Break Camps

School Holiday Break
Camp Signup
While school is out, unplug and connect with animals, nature and each other at Connolly Ranch.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 1/15
Lincoln’s Birthday: 2/16
President’s Day: 2/19

Plus! Stonebridge’s February Break Camp: 2/16-1/19

Register here

Summer Camps

SUMMER CAMPS
Ages 3 – 15
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!

2018 Special Events

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
Outdoor Movie Night: Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:30 pm
Before we spring our clocks forward, enjoy the last short day of winter with our popular outdoor movie night!

Starbright Camping at Connolly Ranch: May 19 – 20, 2018
Once a year, Connolly Ranch hosts an overnight family campout with sunset happy hour, delicious food, stargazing, campfire, music and a beautiful morning with farm fresh breakfast.

Register here

SECOND SATURDAYS

Second Saturday on the Farm

9:30-10:45 am Little Farmers: Ages 0-4
(accompanied by a parent or guardian)

11:00 am-4 pm Playday on the Farm: Ages 4-12
(drop-off program)

2018 SECOND SATURDAYS: Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 10, Apr. 15, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8

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

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.

Afterschool Program

After school Program
ECOLOGY PLAY CLUB (EPiC)

Wednesdays, 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!

Show Your Support

5 Amazing Ways to Support Connolly Ranch!

  1. Make a donation to Connolly Ranch Education Center
  2. Become an official Connolly Ranch Animal Sponsor
  3. Sponsor a child through the Farmer Thom Scholarship Fund
  4.  Join the Legacy Fund
  5. Fund a project or donate a wishlist item

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

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.

dinner-at-the-ranch-2-sides

 

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.