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Current Programs

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Calendar

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Help Us Grow

Our 2019 Spring Fundraising Campaign directly supports the welcome changes and needs this season brings. Your support will help us grow! Our goal is to raise $10,000 and every contribution counts 
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Summer Camp – Now Open

Summer Camp – Now Open
2019 Summer Camp Registration -  NOW OPEN
New - Aftercare now available until 5 pm!

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.

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Saturdays on the Farm

SECOND SATURDAY!

We're now open on Second Saturday with an open house and programs for all ages. Come explore the many wonders of Connolly Ranch Education Center. 
Open House: 9 am - 12 pm 
Farm Tour: 9:30 - 10:45 am 
Saturday Farm Camp (Drop-off program ages 4-12): 11 am - 2 pm

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Friday Tours

Friday Tours
Farm Friday
Every Friday 11 am - 12:30 pm
Come for a guided farm experience where you’ll visit our animals, explore our gardens and discover something new each week on our unique 12-acre ranch. Established in 1917, Connolly Ranch is a rich reminder of Napa’s agricultural past and a gateway to learning about life on the farm. Bring a lunch and unwind as you picnic in one of our favorite natural spaces. This hands-on experience is perfect for one-time visitors or weekly friends of all ages.


Birthdays

Birthday Parties

Having your child’s birthday party at Connolly Ranch will be one to remember! Led by one of our trained educators, your party begins by spending time in the barns and pastures visiting with and learning about our barnyard animals, followed by food and free time in the natural playground we call the Grove.

Earthlings Playschool

EARTHLINGS OUTDOOR PLAYSCHOOL

FALL Registration Now Open!
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
T/Th afternoons: 1-4pm or 12-4pm
Friday mornings: 9am-12pm
(aftercare/earlycare 12-1 pm)

Walk-in Wednesdays

First Wednesday of the Month!
Walk-in Wednesday - 3-5 pm

During our open community day, Connolly Ranch welcomes old friends to visit and new friends to discover us for the first time. Once a month, the ranch will be open for the public to visit the garden, relax in the grove, take a hike on the woodland trail and see the animals—on your own, or bring your family and friends.

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.