2017 Summer Camp Registration – Now Open
EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS 3/31/2017
Summer camps at Connolly Ranch offer enticing opportunities for kids to unplug and tune in to the natural world. We offer multiple one-week camp options for ages 3-13. To keep things fresh, each week brings new topics for ever-changing exploration and fun. Campers will grow, learn and play through creative, hands-on projects, developmentally appropriate activities, hikes, crafts, games, gardening, cooking and more. Summertime at the ranch also includes much needed time hanging out with animals, swinging on a tire swing, collecting feathers, skipping rocks or sharing memories with friends. Connolly Ranch summer camps are designed to help kids connect with themselves and others through fun, farm-based education, and to create a positive connection with their environment.
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. To help the pocket book, we offer discounts for siblings and for signing up for three or more camps! Download the Scholarship Application.
2017 Junior Farmers Camps
8:30 am-12:30 pm
This half-day camp is full of playful, educational and safe activities for 3 to 5 year olds, designed to inspire a connection with and love of nature and the outdoors. Children will feed and care for the farm animals; get creative with arts and crafts; experience the garden through digging, planting and harvesting seasonal flowers and vegetables; enjoy story and music time; and explore freely in the natural open play space we call the grove. Read full descriptions here.
June 12-16: Beginnings
June 19-23: Air
June 26-30: Earth
July 3-7: Sun
July 10-14: Water
July 24-28: Air
July 31-August 4: Earth
August 7-11: Sun
August 14-18: Water
August 21-25: Connections
August 28-September 1: Completions
2017 Life On The Farm Camps
8:30 am-3:00 pm
These full-day camps immerse children in the inner workings of the farm and offer a new farm focus each week. Time is spent caring for farm animals, tending to the organic gardens and tasting fresh, healthy food. There are also plenty of opportunities to play and explore, take a hike in Westwood Hills, create arts and crafts, build forts with friends or relax in the shade of the grove after some good hearty farm living! Read full descriptions here.
June 12-16: Barnyard Buddies
June 26-30: Nature Detectives
July 10-14: How Does Your Garden Grow?
August 14-18: Home on the Range
August 28-September 1: Movers and Shakers
2017 Eco-Art Camps
8:30 am-3:00 pm
These full-day camps combine nature, creativity and art. Connolly Ranch provides a setting that engages all the senses and inspires kids’ imagination. This program has many of the same components as Life on the Farm Camp (caring for farm animals, tending to the organic gardens), but with an emphasis on the creative process of enjoying the arts in a natural setting – from music and storytelling to watercolors and nature-based crafts. Read full descriptions here.
July 24-28: Handmade from Nature
August 7-11: Active Imaginations
2017 Farm-to-Table Cooking Camps
8:30 am-3:00 pm
Bring your young chef’s epicurean enthusiasm back to the source of the ingredients: land, soil, seeds, animals, plants and more. Campers will explore how to grow and cook a farm-fresh meal from the ground up using ingredients that are in season and locally grown in the Napa Valley. After getting their hands dirty learning how animals, soil, water and the sun work together to produce food for our tables, kids will wash up and commence cooking. Nothing tastes better than a meal that is freshly harvested out of the ground. Each week brings a new food focus and a local chef will share knowledge and a tasty, hands-on lesson. Parents are invited to join their campers on Friday afternoons to sample what their kids have learned that week. Read full camp descriptions here.
June 19-23: Homemade Homesteading
July 3-7: Around the World
July 17-21: Tools, Techniques and Methods
July 31-August 4: Delicious and Nutritious
August 21-25: Homemade Homesteading
2017 Connolly Ranch Stewards Camps
8:30 am-3:00 pm
This camp is designed for those who are ready to advance their learning and exploration of the natural world. Connolly Ranch Stewards will get a behind-the-scenes perspective of Connolly Ranch and its natural history. Participants will have the opportunity to work on conservation projects, build natural shelters, learn advanced farm chores, explore rarely used areas, hike in the hills and delve into techniques, tactics and concepts that this older group is ready to explore.
But it’s not all work! Our naturalists and teachers will guide these budding environmentalists in games and exercises that offer lots of fun while imparting important lessons about protecting open spaces and wild places. Read full camp descriptions here.
June 12-16: Ranch Hands
June 26-30: Environmental Science
July 10-14: Eco-Warriors
July 24-28: Connolly Ranch Heritage
August 7-11: Ranch Hands