Slide Ranch

Planting Kids in Nature Since 1970

We're on a MISSION

Slide Ranch has been planting kids in nature since 1970. We connect Bay Area children to sustainable farming and healthy eating, and inspire environmental stewardship through programs and camps on our 134 acres of coast lands in West Marin, California.

8,000 children and families each year visit our educational farm, located within the beautiful Golden Gate National Recreation Area, overlooking the ocean. They experience hands-on, inquiry-based activities where everyone is invited to learn something new, get dirty and have fun! During a visit, guests might milk a goat, hold a warm fresh egg, make and eat food harvested from our organic garden, go on a hike or see the ocean for the first time.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of individual donors, foundations and corporate champions to support our life-enhancing environmental education programs for all. We hope you'll join us on this quest.

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Inspiring Care & Conservation

Slide Ranch provides three main areas of programming: Educational day and overnight field trips for schools groups and community youth groups, special events and programs aimed at engaging the whole family, and summer day camps for children ages 5-14.

Since our founding, more than 200,000 people have experienced this inspiring place, and throughout that time Slide Ranch has worked hard to connect people of all ages and all communities across the San Francisco Bay Area to our programs.

Over 53% of the students that participate in programs at Slide Ranch are from low-income communities where students have fewer resources for accessing outdoor environmental education and learning about healthy food systems. The financial support of donors helps us ensure that all children have access to this essential nature-based education.

Time at Slide Ranch transforms young minds with vital care and conservation lessons that they share with their families and communities.

Programs at Slide Ranch

Teaching the Teachers

For the past 20 years, Slide Ranch’s Teacher-in-Residence (TIR) Program has been a pioneer in environmental education professional development, preparing participants for meaningful careers in the fields of education, sustainable agriculture, and environmental service. Slide Ranch selects seven emerging environmental educators to join our 10.5 month residential teaching internship, with three additional TIRs selected for the summer months. The central focus of the internship is planning and leading experiential learning programs with children, youth and families, but they also learn about how to care for and manage a working farm.

Slide Ranch in Numbers (2013)

School & Community Programs (By County):

  • Alameda (East Bay) - 646
  • Contra Costa (East Bay) - 231
  • Marin - 1,245
  • San Francisco - 1,445
  • Other - 293

We also welcome over 1,300 drop-in visitors and volunteers every year.