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.
SPING BREAK CAMPS Let the farm adventure begin! At spring break camp, every child will enjoy the change of the season in the barns, garden, greenhouse and Grove (Napa’s best outdoor playground) at Connolly Ranch Education Center. We have 4 camps tailored to each age group with trained farm educators: Junior Farmers - half day (3-5), Ranchers (5-8), Stewards (8-13) and Counselors in Training (13-15).
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 OUTDOOR PLAYSCHOOL SPRING 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)
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.
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.