• Everyone Does Better in Nature

Harvest Festival

Saturday, November 3
3-6pm

Bring the whole family for a day on the farm during Connolly Ranch’s annual Harvest Festival – everyone’s favorite FREE fall event! Meet the Connolly Ranch farm animals, visit and tour the gardens, take a hike on the woodland trail, participate in a variety of activities hosted by community partners or just relax, pull up a straw bale and have a picnic in the grove. Guests will enjoy live music and old-fashioned classics like corn grinding, wool spinning and scarecrow building and games and activities by our favorite like-minded organizations!

Enjoy fun, FREE, hands-on activities for all ages.

REGISTER HERE

Farm Tours on Friday!

New! Join Farmer D for a tour around the ranch with Farm Tour Friday. This program is open for all ages and perfect for first-time visitors to meet our animals, explore our gardens and discover the magic of our 12-acre educational farm. You’re welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy lunch in one of our favorite spots. If you want to make it an ongoing Friday ritual, we promise there is always something new to discover and we have discounts for multiple day signups.

REGISTER FOR FARM FRIDAY

School’s Out –> Farm Camp Time!

WIN-WIN-WIN!
School Break Camps for ages 3-15
One of Connolly Ranch’s core operating values is to be responsive to the needs of our community. This is how one day-camps during schools holidays and our upcoming weeklong conference week camp started. Most importantly, we are honored to be a place that schools and parents see as a value added opportunity for children to unplug and gain important and complimentary lessons while connecting with nature.

We started these camps two years ago to help parents who were hard-pressed to take off work. Now, it’s become so much more than childcare – it’s a WinWinWin for kids, parents, and schools! 

School Holiday Camps (Oct 26, Nov 2, Veteran’s Day, MLK, Lincoln’s Birthday)

Thanksgiving Break (new! one day sign-up options)

Winter Break

Farm Camp on Saturday!

You’re invited to take a guilt-free day off while your kids (ages 4-12) enjoy a special day on the farm!
Go wine tasting, enjoy a leisurely lunch, take a hike or a nap because…
it’s Saturday Farm Camp at Connolly Ranch!

Every Second Saturday
Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8
11:00 am-4 pm
Playday on the Farm
Ages 4-12
(drop-off program)

REGISTER HERE

Earthlings Playschool

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 children ages 3-5 years old.

M/W mornings: 9 am-12 pm
T/Th mornings: 9am-12pm – FULL
T/Th afternoons: 1-4pm or 12-4pm
New! Friday mornings: 9am-12pm – FULL
(aftercare/earlycare 12-1 pm)

Register here

Birthday Parties

FARM BIRTHDAY PARTY

Birthday parties on the farm are led by one of our trained farm educators. 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

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

Current Programs

Check out all upcoming programs here!

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Calendar

Check out our calendar of events!

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.