Slide Ranch Summer Camps 2020
Registration is open for Marin's popular Slide Ranch Summer Day Camp! Due to COVID-19, things are a little different this year, with online virtual sessions taking place in June and July and August camps happening in-person at their spectacular seaside location in Muir Beach.
Camps at Slide Ranch give kids a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience on a working farm and also explore the natural world surrounding the ranch. Virtual camps begin on June 8 and run for three weeks. Slide Ranch's nature-based camps geared for a range of age groups including Ranch Rangers (ages 5 to 13), Environmental Educators (14–18), and Junior Farmers (8–13).
Virtual camps feature a different theme every day, highlighting specific areas of the ranch including the goats and sheep, the chickens, and garden cooking. Camp days begin with a one-hour live online session facilitated by a Slide Ranch teacher where small camp groups (approximately 12 campers in each) will interact with each other, explore an area of Slide Ranch, make observations, ask questions, and share their work from the previous day.
After the morning session, campers will participate in two place-based projects or explorations based on the day's theme, using things you could find in the space around you or provided materials like wool roving and seeds. One project will be explained in the online session and the second project will be introduced in a short video tutorial, as well as a written description. Slide Ranch-produced short videos will also be presented so campers can learn more and delve deeper into the theme.
Slide Ranch's in-person camps emphasize hands-on experience and exploration of the farm and the surrounding countryside. Programs encourage campers to touch, taste, smell, hear, observe, and ask questions. Camp at Slide Ranch focuses on teaching respect for animals, plants, the earth, and each other. Slide Ranch campers milk goats, collect eggs from chickens and ducks, card and spin wool, create nature-based crafts, learn to compost, plant seeds, harvest and cook from the ranch's organic garden, and explore the tide pools and trails of the surrounding coastal wild lands.
Slide Ranch teachers-in-residence each lead small age-based groups of approximately eight campers, tailoring activities to the interests, ages, and needs of the campers in their groups. Virtual camps begin at 9 am and end at 2 pm. In-person camp day begins at 9 am and ends at 2 or 3 pm, depending on the week and program.
2020 camp fees are $185 per week for virtual camps ($25 for siblings), $450 per week for Slide Explorers and Ranch Rangers, $495 per week for Junior Farmers, and $100 per week for Junior Environmental Educators. Scholarships, awarded on the basis of need and availability, are available for low-income families; interested families must complete a scholarship application before registering for camp.Aftercare, supervised by Slide Ranch teachers, is available Monday hrough Thursday until 5 pm for an additional hourly fee. Aftercare features outdoor activities and projects for all ages ranges. Slide Ranch offers a 50% sibling discount on aftercare.
Slide Ranch, located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area near Muir Beach, is extremely popular and offers limited enrollment—all there programs usually sell out—so register early! Learn more and register online at slideranch.org.
Founded in 1970, Slide Ranch is a 501(c)3 non-profit teaching farm located at an historic dairy ranch perched above the ocean. The farm features a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, an old creamery, organic gardens, goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks, as well as access to miles of trails, tide pools, and beaches. It's the perfect place for hands-on environmental education!
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