Thanksgiving Break Camp

We’re planning three awesome days of camp for 2018!

 Dates: November 19-21, 2018 

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Questions about our hot/wet weather policies?  Read our Rain or Shine suggestions for more information about how we embrace exposure and the elements.

Day Camps, 9:00am-1:00pm

(Early Birds available 8am-9am, Ranch Play available 1pm-2pm)

“Everything” Ranch Nature Camp

PRICE: $210 for the 3-Day Camp
Maximum group size: 8 for PreK-K (2 sections*), 
10 for older groups (one section each 1st-2nd & 3rd-5th)

This popular holiday camp includes the highlight lessons and activities from Sienna Ranch’s year-round homeschool and after school classes. Possible activities include shooting a bow and arrow, tracking wild animals in the hills of Briones, creating art with natural materials, caring for ranch animals, crafting in our woodshop, tending our organic garden, and learning survival skills, “Everything” Ranch camps give campers a taste of it all! Activities will vary based on age group. The “Everything” Ranch Nature Camp will be different in each session so feel free to sign up for all our holiday camps!

*Want to make sure friends/buddies end up in the same group?  Make sure to select the same class number (#1 or #2) and you’ll be all set! 

Ranch Equestrian Camp

PRICE: $315 for the 3-Day Camp
Maximum group size: 8 for grades 3rd-6th (no exceptions)
In our  Equestrian Camp  we learn all about horses—how they think, how they communicate with each other and with us, how to care for them, and how to ride them!  Weather permitting, campers enjoy daily riding lessons that include learning proper alignment in the saddle, introduction in how to move with the horse, and fundamental riding skills such as starting, steering and stopping. Our creative instructors use fun exercises & games both in the saddle & on the ground to introduce the fundamentals of a balanced seat and the basics of good, empathetic horsemanship.  In addition to improving their riding skills, campers will learn much about horses and their care, such as grooming, tacking, feeding & watering, stall care, tack care, anatomy, breeds, and colors.
Note: The first goal of riding instruction in the Ranch Equestrian Camp is to build a solid foundation in the basics, emphasizing safety and confidence.  Advanced techniques such as trotting will be introduced only if the instructor believes the child has displayed the ability to maintain balance and a safe seat.   Please read the Horse and Equestrian page of the website before registering in order to familiarize yourself more with the safety agreements necessary for participation.

 Afternoon Camps, 2:00-5:00pm 

Campers can attend an Afternoon Special Interest camp only, OR add it on to a Day Camp for a full-day Sienna Ranch experience.  Ranch Play extended care from 1:00-2:00 is offered at no charge for full day campers, and can be added to a morning camp for $30. Ranch Play drop in’s are $15/day. 

Archery: Real Bows and Arrows

PRICE: $160 for the 3-Day Camp
Maximum group size: 8, grades 3rd-6th

Campers will enjoy learning or improving their archery skills, with an opportunity to shoot up to an hour and a half each day on Sienna Ranch’s 25 yard archery range.  Instructors model and encourage proper shooting form and techniques and help campers to reach their potential.  Over the course of the week, campers will make an arrow and target to take home.  Beginners are welcome to register.


Art and Animals: Art with Natural Materials

PRICE: $160 for the 3-Day Camp
Maximum group size: 10, grades K-2nd 

Two favorite hobbies- one fantastic camp! Each day, campers will enjoy interacting with the Sienna Ranch animals- activities such as collecting eggs, taking the goats for a walk, holding bunnies, and grooming the pony.  After spending time with their farm friends, they will settle in for a unique nature-based art or craft project.  Instructors model and encourage the use of natural and recycled materials, some found on the ranch!


Fun with Horses: Horse Care and Equestrian Games 

PRICE: $160 for the 3-Day Camp
Maximum group size: 8, grades K-2 

Fun With Horses campers do exactly that, spend a week having fun with horses!  Children in this special interest camp will have the opportunity to learn to “speak horse”, as they are introduced to the various ways horses communicate with each other and with us. Using fun games and activities, campers will learn about colors and breeds of horses, parts of a pony, and gaits. They will participate in the various ways we care for horses to keep them healthy and happy, such as grooming, stall care, and feeding.  Highlights of this week for many of our campers are the times spent with pony rides, vaulting, leading, and grazing, and creating chalk or painted murals right on a horse!

Note: For a camp with a focus on riding instruction, please see our Spring Break AM Ranch Equestrian Camp.

Natural Building Camp: Carpentry and Woodworking

PRICE: $160 for the 3-Day Camp
Maximum group size: 8, grades 3rd-6th

Learn the ancient art of building with natural materials! Make your own rope from plants and learn how to build real huts, forts and shelters. We may use cob (a mixture of clay, sand and straw), logs, sticks, rocks, grasses and a variety of other plants depending on the project. Our primary tools will be our hands, but we will also learn the safe and responsible use of tools which may include hammers, shovels, saws, knives and hatchets. Come prepared to get your hands dirty! Expect to exert a moderate amount of energy hiking and working on potentially muddy, sloped or uneven terrain. This camp will be all outdoors.

Holiday Camp Discounts

Thanksgiving Break Camp does not have an early registration discount, rather, the following applies:

  • Full-Day Discount:  Register for a full week of AM camp, Ranch Play and PM camp and receive the value of Ranch Play free.
  • Multi-Sibling Discount:  Register more than one sibling and save 5% on your family’s camp balance.

Other Tips and Info

Our camps fill up quickly!

Tips to avoid disappointment:

  • Please take time to understand our Refund, Credit and Transfer policies before registering, as purchasing program signifies agreement to our terms.
  • Double check our program dates– unfortunately we are unable to offer discounts or make ups for any missed camp days.
  • We recommend you register from a computer as mobile devices and tablets are not always compatible with our registration software.

Early Pickup: Early pick up is discouraged as it may disrupt the flow of the camp and the experience of all the campers. Please only enroll in morning camp programming your camper can attend in full.  For afternoon camps only, early pickup at 3:30pm is available upon reservation.  Please fill out the form to arrange early afternoon pick up below with at least 24 hours notice, otherwise we cannot guarantee your camper will be available for early dismissal.

Afternoon Camp Early Pickup Request


Late Pickup Fees:  Please note that while we do appreciate a call or voice mail if you are running late, we will likely be away from the phone actively dismissing campers and may not receive your message immediately.  Thank you for being on time.

Minutes Late SR Action Fee
1-5 none none
 6-15 call home $10 / driver
16+ call again $1 / min late

A Note on Age Groups: If you are trying to pair siblings, cousins, or friends in the same age group, you may enroll an older child in a younger age group; however, please do not enroll a younger child into an older age group. Our age groups have been chosen based on years of experience working with children and they are important for maintaining the quality of the camp experience.  PreK assumes students are 4 as of September 1st, 2016.  Please email the office for help if you have any questions.

Missing A Day of Camp: We are unable to offer make ups or to prorate camp tuition if your child misses a day of camp.  Exception: If you enroll in a camp that is already in session we will pro-rate your tuition for any days that have already passed.

Food Allergies: Although we do not provide meals for campers, campers may cook from the garden and could be exposed to eggs, fruits, vegetables or other basic baking supplies.  At the time of registration, please disclose any specific dietary needs, especially around eggs, dairy or wheat.  Cooking projects in the past have included enjoying scrambled eggs, home-made ranch dressing, butter made with heavy cream, crackers (gluten-free option available), goat milk smoothies, goat cheese, fruits, vegetables and fruit juice popsicles.  You are welcome to note any/all sensitivities or say you prefer your camper not eat ranch snacks.

Please do call (925) 283-6311 or email with any questions or concerns.  We are happy to help you understand how we keep campers with food allergies safe!

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