Connolly Ranch’s family programs are for children birth to four 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.


2018 SESSION DATES (Sounds of Silence, Nature Play):

WINTER SESSION: Week of January 8 through week of March 12
SPRING SESSION: Week of March 19 through week of May 28
 (no classes week of March 26-30)
SUMMER SESSION: Week of June 18 through week of August 27
FALL SESSION: Week of September 10 through week of December 10
 (no classes week of November 19-23)

Sounds of Silence

Ages Birth to 2 (accompanied by a parent or guardian)
Weekly Classes on 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)
Weekly Classes on 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.

 Little Farmers

Ages Birth to 4 (accompanied by a parent or guardian)
Monthly Classes on the Second Saturday of each month, 9:30-10:45 am

Bring your little one and join the fun visiting the animals, exploring the garden, playing in the Grove and getting creative with a different seasonal activity each month. Discounts given when signing up for 4 or more months at the same time.

January 13 
February 10 
March 10
April 15 
May 12
June 9
July 14
August 11
September 15
October 13
November 10
December 15

If you need to cancel a registration, a refund may be issued, minus a cancellation fee of 20%, 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 10% fee, 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.

Download the scholarship application here