Saturday, November 3
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.
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.
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 Win–Win–Win for kids, parents, and schools!
Every Second Saturday
Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8
11:00 am-4 pm
Playday on the Farm
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.