Thanksgiving Break Camp

Thanksgiving Break Camp – Cancelled

Based on air quality forecasts, we will not be able to host Thanksgiving Camp. The health and safety of children and families at the ranch is our first priority. Additionally, we want to share positive experiences in nature. Despite the most creative ideas and extensive efforts, we believe that even with some air quality improvement it won’t likely be enough for us to run Thanksgiving Break Camp.

Air Quality Policy:

From time to time we may experience degraded air quality due to wildfires in our vicinity or very high pollen levels. We use the the air quality index from to assess air quality and to determine if it is unhealthy or unsafe to hold our outdoor programs. Our policy for deciding if and when to cancel programs due to air quality is as follows:
– we will cancel all programs and close Connolly Ranch if the air quality is at or above 130 on the air quality index
– we will cancel all programs for the following day if the air quality is predicted to be at or over 130
– we will notify parents, guardians and families when the air quality is between 101 and 130.

We will be open and programs will be held with this air quality but we want families to have the opportunity to decide what’s best for their children. Any campers that choose not to come to Connolly Ranch due to air quality concerns will receive a credit for a future program.

Please assume all programs are canceled unless otherwise notified. We are offering a full credit or refund the minus 10% to cover system processing fees.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best always,

Jennifer Fotherby
Executive Director
Connolly Ranch Education Center


Thanksgiving Break

November 19-21, 2018 – One-Day Options Available!
Ages 3-15

Fall brings cool mornings, bright orange pumpkins, campfires and so much more. Come play and learn with us during your fall break! We promise that you will have a dirty, tired child at the end of the day, who can’t wait to come back for more.

Junior Farmers: 8:30am – 12:30pm (aftercare available if requested by 3 or more families)
Ages 3-5
This camp is full of playful, educational and safe activities for 3, 4 and 5 year olds, designed to inspire a connection with and love of nature and the outdoors. During our time together, your children will feed and care for the farm animals, get creative with arts and crafts, experience the garden through digging, planting and harvesting seasonal flowers and vegetables, laugh and smile during story and music time and explore freely in the natural open playspace we call 'The Grove'.
Life on the Farm: 8:30am – 3pm
Ages 5-9
This camp is designed to immerse your child in the inner workings of a farm. We spend our days caring for farm animals, tending to the organic gardens, hiking in the oak woodlands and cooking fresh, healthy food (most of it from our own gardens). Along with all the work comes plenty of time to play and explore, create arts and crafts, build forts with friends or play and relax in the shade of the bay grove.
Connolly Ranch Stewards: 8:30am – 3pm
Ages 9-13
Join us for a behind the scenes perspective of Connolly Ranch and it's natural history. Work on conservation projects, build natural shelters, learn advanced farm chores, explore rarely used areas, hike in the hills, and discover the many lessons Connolly Ranch has to offer this age group.
Counselors-in-Training: 8:30am – 3pm
Ages 13-15
Participants in our CIT program learn to develop their natural good talents into leadership qualities, growing in areas of self-reflection, communication, role-modeling, teamwork and accountability. CITs earn both respect and responsibility while mentoring young campers, assisting staff and enjoying and contributing to this wonderful place. Tuition is half the cost of younger campers.


Click here to see our School Holiday Camps for Fall and Winter.


CANCELLATION POLICY: If you need to cancel a registration, a refund may be issued – minus a cancellation fee – provided cancellation takes place at least 8 days before the start date of the program enrolled in. Alternatively, we can transfer the amount paid – minus a lesser cancellation fee – to a new registration or hold as a credit for a future Connolly Ranch program, again provided cancellation takes place at least 8 days before the program start date.

If cancellation takes place 8-14 days before the program start date, the cancellation fee for refund is 50%, and for credit is 25%; if cancellation takes place 15 days prior to the program start date or earlier, the cancellation fee for refund is 20%, and for credit is 10%.

If cancellation takes place less than 8 days before the program start date, no refund will be issued.


Click here for information about our Farmer Thom Scholarship Fund.