SLIDE RANCH

Rating: 5 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Environment

Location: 2025 Shoreline Hwy Muir Beach CA 94965 USA

Mission: SLIDE RANCH OPERATES AN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER IN A SMALL FARM SETTING
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area

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Rating: 5 stars  

34 people found this review helpful

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

teaching children the connection between nature and food by making meals using ingredients from the garden and eggs from the hens.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everything. The garden, the staff, the location, the activities. It's wonderful.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional, unique people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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37 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son talked about the Ranch for weeks. Now when we are planning weekend trips, he always asks to go to places were there are animals (particularly goats!)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hold more open house events for the community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people who work there are friendly and responsive to "client" concerns.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgable, friendly, smiled alot, very, very helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide amazing experiences (over nights, weekend camping trips, after school opportunities, family get always) for all the city bound kids, teens, and adults who have never had a pleasure of spending time on a working farm.

Ways to make it better...

The farm were bigger! More space.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money, money, money of course, as well as fighting the apathetic feelings that Americans seem to have toward the farming life and handmade products, or hands on experiences. Also the fight to get people off of and away from days filled with too much media driven video entertainment (T.V., video, computers).

One thing I'd also say is that...

Slide Ranch is part of the fabric of the Bay Area. It protects a beautiful piece of the coast from development, it provides a great escape from the claustrophobia of urban life, it is a reminder that life is more than fast forward, mass consumption. That with a chance to slow down, stop, and look around you can see, feel, taste and hear life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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36 people found this review helpful

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!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My kids growing understanding of nature and wildlife.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The great counselors.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing! Truly engaged with the children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open more slide ranches

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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36 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how beautiful the land is kept

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how much I learn about nature and the environment

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and informative

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

enable more students and children from all over to experience the beauty of nature and the gifts that are worth preserving

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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36 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the enrichment of the teachers and staff who have lived there, and whose lives it changed, and in the excitement and wonder of the children who have visited.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The combination of experiential, hands-on education with the practice and theory of how food, the earth and our culture are interrelated.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Compassionate, committed, open-hearted, and smart.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Redevelop the facilities to continue to serve the Bay Area for another century.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

Climate Protection Campaign

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-1-01

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23 people found this review helpful

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the growth and happiness of my children.

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2008-8-01

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22 people found this review helpful

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way it truly "Practices what it preaches!!!

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2009-1-01

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23 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the wonderful experiences my children and the children of my friends have had at the camp.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be most concerned about the leasing of the land.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

supporting local, organic, sustainable agriculture.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer more programs for inner city children who are sadly distanced from natural food sources.

Ways to make it better...

the camp days could have been a bit longer, provided lunch, and had more programs that overlapped my childrens' ages.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

again, the stability of the location.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I think the northern Bay Area is very lucky to have Slide Ranch's stewardship of this stretch of coastline.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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25 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful

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2008-1-01

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26 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

taking people out of their default reality.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

there were more animals. Horses.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002-7-01

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