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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former staff person, I have seen the value of Slide Ranch on both the clients served as well as on the residential teacher training program for the teaching interns. These teachers are the "face of Slide Ranch." When participants disembark from their bus or car, they are embraced by the expansive view of the ocean, the breeze on their skin, the wild land beneath their feet. Then they meet a warm-hearted guide for the day who teaches about what and where they live. The experience arises authentically from the land, and by the end of the day most children are so touched they never want to leave. The impressions last for a lifetime. I have seen many parents bring their children to family day programs because they remember their personal experience of Slide Ranch from their own youth, remember being touched to their core with appreciation for this planet and our role in it, and want to share that very same experience with their own children. For myself, and for countless others, my time at Slide Ranch is one that has changed who I am in the world.