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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The Empire Ranch Foundation (ERF) is a non-profit volunteer organization that was established in 1997. Acting in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the purpose of the Foundation is to protect, restore and sustain the Empire Ranch historical buildings and landscape as an outstanding western heritage and education center.

Target demographics: Adults, children, youth enrichment

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,000

Geographic areas served: Sonoita, Arizona

Programs: The annual ranch round up is held in the fall. The event brings in visitors and volunteers from all walks of life. The day has many exhibits and arena events which highlight ranch life. Local authors are given a venue to promote books which showcase the western ranching heritage of the south west. Other events, tours of the ranch, western movie showings and the ranch spring trail ride also educate the public as to our western heritage.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Empire Ranch Foundation allows the rich history of the United States to be passed on to future generations. Their large volunteer base allows them to preserve and restore handmade adobe buildings, educate youth through their Wild About the Grasslands Program, which is part of the National Hands on the Land Program. Through the Foundation we can learn about historic preservation, hands on restoration, the bio-diversity of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area and our country's history and Westward Expansion. We all pass on our family traditions and this foundation passes on our country's ranching heritage along with biology, ecology, reintroduction of plant and animal species and protection of endangered species. They offer many great events throughout the year and their largest draws an average crowd of 2,600 attendees.

Come out and visit - it is a place you will not forget for the rich history, fascinating buildings and spectacular scenery! GET INVOLVED, BECOME A MEMBER we have an Outstanding group of volunteers and members. The Empire Ranch Foundation has won the 2012 Arizona Governor's Award for Public Archaeology. Check out our website www.empireranchfoundation.org - HELP US PRESERVE AND PASS ON THIS BEAUTIFUL AREA AND HISTORIC LEGACY!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Empire Ranch Foundation allows the rich history of the United States to be passed on to future generations. Their large volunteer base allows them to preserve and restore handmade adobe buildings, educate youth through their Wild About the Grasslands Program which is part of the National Hands on the Land Program. Through the Foundation we can learn about historic preservation, hands on restoration, the bio-diversity of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area and our country's history and Westward Expansion. We all pass on our family traditions and this foundation passes on our country's ranching heritage along with biology, ecology, reintroduction of plant and animal species and protection of endangered species. They offer many great events throughout the year and their largest draws an average crowd of 2,600 attendees.

This is a fun and wonderful way to teach and learn for all members of the family. Join and/or visit today.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The aim of the Foundation is to save the Empire Ranch buildings. My Husband and I are History buffs so it is fun for us to come out and help with the work days. Cleaning and fixing up the buildings and land. Once you learn about the history of the ranch and know you are where some real cowboys worked and lived it is a real experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at the various events are always a lot of fun. The other volunteers are great and come from all walks of life so you meet new and interesting people. The Ranch is a great place to visit to get a feeling of what cowboy life was actually like.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud of my family heritage and even more proud of being part of the Empire Ranch Foundation which works hard to maintain and preserve the ranch's headquarters for generations to come.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My husband and I did not routinely volunteer with organizations, but when we became acquainted with the Empire Ranch Foundation we couldn't wait to become involved. The Foundation spoke to our love of Arizona history in a very hands on, personal way. We admired the Foundation's efforts to preserve and protect the wonderful old buildings of the Ranch. Having spent most of our lives involved in education, we probably had more fun and learned more than the students at our first Legacy Day. It is an honor to be involved with the wonderful Foundation.

Alison21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Foundation is doing a wonderful job of researching the history of the ranch and sharing the information with others.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Sit on the hilltop overlooking the buildings of The Empire Ranch. On a windswept afternoon as the white clouds cast their shadows, you can almost hear the sounds as the ranch comes alive in your mind. It's peaceful in these grasslands and my mind is drawn to the bay window and the lives of all those who lived inside. Without The Empire Ranch Foundation these buildings might be piles of sand or forgotten ruins.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Empire Ranch Foundation is an institution that balances preservation, education and outreach programs so that all who visit this site will have a positive and enriching experience that will broaden their knowledge about historic and modern ranching systems.

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Rating: 5

This Foundation is a group of highly motivated, charismatic and pro-active individuals who enjoy telling the story of the Cowboy (Vaquero), where they came from, how they lived and where they called home. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving this heritage and preserving the Empire Ranch so that the story of early ranch life will be available for generations yet to come. The Foundation creates scenarios of the old west mixed with hands-on activities, an educational format that show how to respect the land and peoples, all accomplished by acivities such as their annual Round-up, Spring trail rides, Western cinema movies, Docent led tours of the Empire Ranch, and The Wild about the Grasslands program for children. This group and their associated partners, Friends and neighbors deserve the highest praise and recognition for their wonderful efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Empire Ranch Foundation is doing work to preserve and maintain the historic Empire Ranch in Southern Arizona, and also to promote western art and culture. My involvement with the Foundation began when I volunteered to camp overnight to provide security for the fine western art exhibited during the Empire Roundup.

The Roundup takes place every Fall, and features fine art exhibits and activities that educate the public about our western heritage. By providing a venue for western art and cultural activities such as making reatas, outdoor cooking, and more, the Foundation helps ensure that our western culture will not be lost amidst the rush of modern life. It provides a place for western artists and artisans to exhibit their work, and most important to me, the Foundation works to preserve Empire Ranch itself.

The Foundation has preserved the historic Empire Ranch buildings, and has also installed drinking water facilities and restrooms I use when I and my dogs go hiking at the Empire Cieniga preserve. I like to trailer my horse to Empire Ranch and ride the trails on the ranch. The ranch headquarters is a great place to park for a day ride or even camp overnight.

None of this would be possible without the quiet work of the Foundation, working in the background to make sure the Ranch is there for people to enjoy for generations to come!