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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Environment, Environmental Education, Youth Development - Agricultural

Mission: SLIDE RANCH OPERATES AN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER IN A SMALL FARM SETTING

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: The school and community group program is slide ranch's primary education program, providing day and overnight field trip programs to san francisco bay area school groups and community organizations to over 4,000 participants annually. For many participants, this will be their first time seeing the ocean and exploring tidepools, camping under the stars, harvesting food, or milking a goat. Student engagement is assured by teaching in small group sizes of eight students per slide ranch teacher. Hands-on, experiential environmental education curriculum connects children to nature and aligns with california education standards.

each year, seven interns are selected from a highly competitive group of applicants to participate in an eleven-month residential teaching internship; four additional interns come for a three-month summer internship. Slide ranch's teachers-in-residence program provides intensive professional teacher training in all aspects of outdoor environmental education, stewardship, and sustainable agriculture. Interns live and work at the ranch, planning and leading experiential environmental education programs for over 8,000 program participants each year. Teachers-in-residence also learn how to operate a sustainable farm, including growing and harvesting food, land stewardship and best practices in animal husbandry.

slide ranch provides week long summer day camps for kids to explore the farm and connect to nature. Activities include milking goats, feeding chickens, crafts, lessons in organic gardening, hiking on coastal trails, and exploring the tidepools.

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Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Slide Ranch is a magical place that transports the entire family. The physical location is stunning, the staff is exceptional and the ranch itself provides such a needed and thoroughly enjoyable opportunity to reconnect with the natural world. My husband, 7 year old daughter, 3 year old son and I love Slide Ranch!

37

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family loves Slide Ranch. The chance to take my "City" kid to a farm near by is priceless. Goats, plants, learning about farming, and a chance to participate and learn real skills (spinning yarn, baking, milking)such great life long experience. I wish we could live at the ranch it is a beautiful place to visit.

36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter absolutely love Slide Ranch and talk about going there all the time. We have done the family campout, Spring Fling and Family Farm Days. All are really well run, very engaging for the children and the location is spectacular. My kids love milking and petting the friendly goats, making bread and sitting by the campfire at the campout. If we could go every weekend, we would!!

36

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stunning retreat. My 4 and 3 year old sons talk about their visits there often. The staff was knowledgeable, patient and kind. My boys gathered eggs from the chicken coop, milked goats and picked vegetables and herbs from the garden. They were so proud watching us eat up the vegetable fritatta they had so much fun preparing on the outdoor stove.

36

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was a teacher intern, then Operations Director and finally Board member of Slide Ranch over the period of almost six years. The benefits to me personally of being involved ranged from the emotional reward of seeing the wonder on the faces of youth from Oakland who had never before seen the ocean, to the profound experience of slaughtering a chicken with my own hands for food, to the political growth I was exposed to in understanding the importance of local food systems and joining the Marin Food Policy Council.

23

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my Children (ages 9 and 23) have attended the Slide Ranch Summer programs from ages 5 on. No less than an absolutely wonderful organic experience for them both (that the older one still speaks of to this day.) It's a very special part of our summer together as a family. Thank you Slide Ranch!

22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a Sixteen year old son who has attended Slide Ranch since seven years old. He has been a counselor for the last four years. Slide Ranch really helps our youth appreciate the enviroment, humans, and the love of life. Iam so excited when the summer comes so my teen can leave the material, fast pace life for the beauty of slide ranch offers. Now his eight year old sister will attend slide ranch for her third year and experience the years of joy he has. I can't say anough about the people and enviroment at slde ranch. If you want your child to go to a camp that will teach them the beauty of our mother earth while having fun Slde Ranch is that magical place for your child!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Slide Ranch camp is my daughters' favorite and everyone to whom we've recommended it feels the same way. The opportunity for kids to experience cycles of food production firsthand in such a beautiful setting is unique.

25

Client Served

Rating: 5

Quite simply, it is my girls' favorite summer camp. I try to expose them to many activities and experiences, but nothing beats Mother Nature at California's utopian ranch.

26

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Five starts for good old Slide Ranch, which is more than a "non-profit" or a collection of programs, more than the sum of its parts. It is way of thinking, of being in the world, utterly bound in space and time to there and now.