Connolly Ranch’s family programs are for children birth to six-years old accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each program provides nature-based, tactile, interactive and experiential activities that promote age-appropriate growth and development for you and your young one.

We offer fall, winter, spring and summer sessions, and all programs operate rain or shine. If you have any questions, please contact our Program Director, Hylah Egeland (aka The Barn Faerie) at or (707) 224-1894.

2017-2018 PROGRAM DATES:

FALL SESSION: Week of September 18 through week of December 11
 (no class November 10, week of November 20-24)

WINTER SESSION: Week of January 8 through week of March 14, 2018
 (no class Jan. 15, Feb.16 or Feb. 19, 2018)

SPRING SESSION: Week of March 19 through week of May 20
 (no class week of March 26-30)


Sounds of Silence

Ages Birth to 2 (accompanied by a parent or guardian)
Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am
10-12 week sessions

Sounds of Silence is a guided program designed specifically for infants to 2-year-old children. It is a time for parent and child to leave the noisy, often over-stimulated world and connect through gestures, body language and facial expressions. The class moves slowly and calmly, creating a safe, relaxing environment for very little people to experience our ranch and the wonders of Mother Nature. With no chit-chatting from the adults, there is a distinct and beautiful emphasis on what each child is noticing and how he or she is interacting with that plant, rock, animal or new friend. Throughout Sounds of Silence, the Barn Faerie shows and models myriad ways to support you and your young child in seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and awakening to the natural world. By looking through the children’s eyes, you will probably find yourself experiencing our earth for what seems like the first time, too!

Nature’s Play

Ages 2-3 
(accompanied by a parent or guardian)
Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 am
10-12 week sessions

At Nature’s Play we engage together in the great outdoors. The trees, gardens, trails and animals at Connolly Ranch provide an array of experiences allowing big and little people to play and learn together in nature. Classes will include music, creative movement, imaginative play, art and hands-on activities. Parent/guardian participation is required.

Fun Family Fridays

Ages 1-6  (accompanied by a parent or guardian) 
Fridays, 10:00 am-11:30 noon  
10-12 week sessions, half session, and new ONE time visits possible 
*pre-registration always required. 

Bring the whole family for a fun and educational morning on the farm. Each Friday starts with some free play time in the barns, garden or grove. Then we’ll move into our project of the week. These structured activities are designed for all ages to participate together, and include topics such as gardening, cooking, art and animal care. Pack a light lunch for you and your child — after all the work and play, we’ll gather together and enjoy some food at the picnic tables. Fun Family Fridays is designed as a multi-age family program. Each child must be pre-registered. Children ages 1 through 6 years old are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.

Download the scholarship application here

If you need to cancel a registration, a refund may be issued, minus a cancellation fee of 20% of the total cost of the program, provided cancellation takes place at least 7 days before the start date of the program enrolled in.

Alternatively, we can transfer the amount paid, less a fee of 10% of the total cost of the program, to a new registration or hold as a credit for a future Connolly Ranch program.

If cancellation takes place less than 7 days before the start date, no refund will be issued.