Summer Camps

NOW OPEN – 2018 Summer Camp Registration

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Early bird rates, sibling and multiple camp registration discounts and an option to pay with installments at no charge for registration before March 30!

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 3-15.

To keep things fresh, each week brings new topics for ever-changing exploration and fun. Campers will grow, learn and play through creative, hands-on projects, developmentally appropriate activities, hikes, crafts, games, gardening, cooking and more.

Summertime at the ranch also includes much needed time hanging out with animals, swinging on a tire swing, collecting feathers, skipping rocks or sharing memories with friends. Connolly Ranch summer camps are designed to help kids connect with themselves and others through fun, farm-based education, and to create a positive connection with their environment.

More information about each camp below and click here to learn more our camp goals and objectives.

Making sure everyone can enjoy a camp at Connolly Ranch is very important to us. We have a scholarships available for families in need of financial assistance. Learn more here.

Junior Farmers Camps
Ages 3-5
8:30 am-12:30 pm
* aftercare available until 3pm
This half-day camp is full of playful, educational and safe activities for 3 to 5 year olds, designed to inspire a connection with and love of nature and the outdoors. 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; enjoy story and music time; and explore freely in the natural open play space we call the grove. Read full descriptions here.

 June 11-15: Beginnings
 June 18-22: Air
 June 25-29: Earth
 July 2-6: Sun (no camp Wednesday July 4th)
 July 9-13: Water
 July 16-20: Connections
 July 23-27: Air
 July 30-August 3: Earth
 August 6-10: Sun
 August 13-17: Water
 August 20-24: Connections
 August 27-31: Completions
 REGISTER HERE 


Life On The Farm Camps
Ages 5-8
8:30 am-3:00 pm
These full-day camps immerse children in the inner workings of the farm and offer a new farm focus each week. Time is spent caring for farm animals, tending to the organic gardens and tasting fresh, healthy food. There are also plenty of opportunities to play and explore, take a hike in Westwood Hills, create arts and crafts, build forts with friends or relax in the shade of the grove after some good hearty farm living! 
Read full descriptions here.
June 11-15: Barnyard Buddies
June 25-29: Nature Detectives
July 9-13: How Does Your Garden Grow?
August 13-17: Home on the Range (special week: ages 5-13)
August 27-31: Movers and Shakers (special week: ages 5-13)
REGISTER HERE 

 

Eco-Art Camps
Ages 5-8
8:30 am-3:00 pm
These full-day camps combine nature, creativity and art. Connolly Ranchprovides a setting that engages all the senses and inspires kids’ imagination. This program has many of the same components as Life on the Farm Camp (caring for farm animals, tending to the organic gardens), but with an emphasis on the creative process of enjoying the arts in a natural setting – from music and storytelling to watercolors and nature-based crafts.  Read full descriptions here.
July 23-27: Handmade from Nature
August 6-10: Active Imaginations
REGISTER HERE

Farm-to-Table Cooking Camps
Ages 6-13
8:30 am-3:00 pm
Bring your young chef's epicurean enthusiasm back to the source of the ingredients: land, soil, seeds, animals, plants and more. Campers will explore how to grow and cook a farm-fresh meal from the ground up using ingredients that are in season and locally grown in the Napa Valley. After getting their hands dirty learning how animals, soil, water and the sun work together to produce food for our tables, kids will wash up and commence cooking. Nothing tastes better than a meal that is freshly harvested out of the ground. Each week brings a new food focus and a local chef will share knowledge and a tasty, hands-on lesson. Parents are invited to join their campers on Friday afternoons to sample what their kids have learned that week.   Read full camp descriptions here.
 June 18-22: Homemade Homesteading
 July 2-6: Around the World (no camp Wednesday July 4th)
 July 16-20: Tools, Techniques and Methods
 July 30-August 3: Delicious and Nutritious
 August 20-24: Homemade Homesteading
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Connolly Ranch Stewards Camps
Ages 8-13
8:30 am-3:00 pm
This camp is designed for those who are ready to advance their learning and exploration of the natural world. Connolly Ranch Stewards will get a behind-the-scenes perspective of Connolly Ranch and its natural history. Participants will have the opportunity to work on conservation projects, build natural shelters, learn advanced farm chores, explore rarely used areas, hike in the hills and delve into techniques, tactics and concepts that this older group is ready to explore.But it’s not all work! Our naturalists and teachers will guide these budding environmentalists in games and exercises that offer lots of fun while imparting important lessons about protecting open spaces and wild places. Read full camp descriptions here.

June 11-15: Ranch Hands
June 25-29: Environmental Science
July 9-13: Eco-Warriors
July 23-27: Connolly Ranch Heritage
August 6-10: Ranch Hands
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Counselor-in-Training Sessions
Ages 13-15
8:30 am-3:00 pm
Participants in Connolly Ranch’s Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program learn to develop their natural good talents into leadership qualities, growing in areas of self-reflection, communication, role-modeling, teamwork and accountability. During each camp session, CITs earn both respect and responsibility while mentoring young campers, assisting staff and enjoying and contributing to this wonderful place.The CIT Program is open to 13-to-15 year olds. This summer, we are offering CIT Sessions during every week of summer camp!Tuition for CIT enrollment is half the cost of a regular camper’s tuition for any given program. Please click the registration button below for pricing details, and to sign up.
REGISTER HERE

 

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.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS
Click here for information about our Farmer Thom Scholarship Fund.

 

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