Farmer Thom Scholarship Fund

“Teaching children about the natural world
should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.”

– Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth

Sponsor Kids and Families in need:

– Full day field trip for a child: $25
– School holiday camp: $75
– Weeklong camp ages 3-5: $250
– Weeklong camp ages 5-13: $330
– Sponsor an entire class for a field trip:$750

*If you would like to allocate a specific donation please put in the “in honor” field of donation form.


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.

To apply for a scholarship use the link below:
Farmer Thom Scholarship Fund Application 2019

General Financial Assistance & Fire Relief
In response to the devastating fires this fall, we have also made these scholarship funds available to any family who lost their home during the fires in Napa and Sonoma County. Please help us spread the word! We offer many programs that can help facilitate healing during these challenging times.

Subsidized Programs
Connolly Ranch strives to offer all members of our community the opportunity to connect to nature through hands-on, interactive, farm-based education. We do this by subsidizing all our programs, especially field trips, which are offered 80% subsidized and for free to schools most-in-need. Plus, during spring and fall we open the ranch for free for Walk-in Wednesdays. The Farmer Thom Scholarship Fund allows us to take this effort one step further, to include as many members of our community as possible in our wonderful programs.

If you would like to contribute to the fund, please follow the link below. You will be making an incalculable difference in the lives of the children we serve.