This year we are excited to expand our afternoon Special Interest Camp Options to include a Gardening Camp for students entering Grades 3-5.
Questions about our hot/wet weather policies? Read our Rain or Shine suggestions for more information about how we embrace exposure and the elements.
2017 Summer Camp Weeks
|#1: June 12-16
#2: June 19-23
#3: June 26-30
#4: July 3-7
#5: July 10-14*
|#6: July 17-21
#7: July 24-28
#8: July 31-Aug 4
#9: August 7-11*
#10: Aug 14-17
* Weeks with Teen Camp Programming available
(updated 10am 5/10/2017) For the most up-to-date information simulate a registration to see the exact number of spots remaining.
Welcome to our 8th year of summer camp at Sienna Ranch! Each year we feel honored and grateful to be serving our wonderful community from all over the San Francisco Bay Area.
If this is your first year, we welcome you, and if you are returning we welcome you back. This year promises to be another exciting summer at the Ranch, filled with all your favorite animals (plus a few new ones!), all the secret magical places like the Tree Fort, Tire Tunnel, and the Buckeye tree, and of course our fabulous, passionate and dedicated staff.
Most of the Sienna Ranch camps filled up very quickly last year. Unfortunately, we had to turn many people away. To ensure a spot for your camper, please register early.
Please be aware that the specific activities described below are subject to change without notice. If camp activities are changed we will endeavor to replace them with activities which are as close as possible to the original activities described.
Morning Camps, 9:00-1:00
(Early Bird care available 8-9am, Ranch Play lunch time care available 1-2pm*)
Farm Hands – Farm Life, Animal Care, and Old Fashioned Arts and Crafts
OFFERED: Every week! GRADES: PreK-K, 1-2 or 3-5 CLASS SIZE: max 8 PreK-K, max 10 1st+
Spend a week with the residents of Sienna Ranch: the chickens, sheep, goats and bunnies. Campers will experience close interaction as they learn about and care for our farm animals. Old fashioned arts, crafts, and games will enhance the camp experience. Farm Hands campers will enjoy unique activities including milking our goats, making goat milk treats such as smoothies or cheese, making and eating butter, making ice cream, harvesting from our garden, and crafting with wool from our sheep. Our staff bring a passion for youth and animals together in this fantastic program where children will not only build relationships and learn respect for the living creatures at Sienna Ranch, but will also delight in some of the simple pleasures which used to entertain children in times past.
Makers by Nature – Creative Experiences Outdoors
OFFERED: Weeks 3,6 & 10 GRADES: 1-2 & 3-5 CLASS SIZE: max 10
**New Projects for 2017** This week is all about discovering clever things to make and do in nature. We will craft our own medicines out of native plants, practice our fire making skills, and explore the hills of Briones for tracks and clues from the wild animals that live there. Among our many projects, campers can look forward to practicing their aim with homemade bird bows, and making leather pouches. All ages will enjoy the fun games and epic landscape that Sienna Ranch has to offer.
Natural Adventures – Roughing it in Nature
OFFERED: Weeks 1,4,7 GRADES: 1-2 & 3-5 CLASS SIZE: max 10
OFFERED: Week 9 (Teen Week) GRADES: 3-5 & 6-8 CLASS SIZE: max 10
Campers will spend this week challenged and inspired by the great outdoors. This camp nurtures confidence and trust in campers’ abilities and builds teamwork with fellow campers. Destination hikes in Briones, ascending with rope and harness, building forts, learning how to make a one match fire, designing and running obstacle courses, sledding down the grass covered hills, team building challenges, and learning to shoot a bow and arrow are some of the adventures campers will experience.
Note: this camp requires an off-site 9am drop off on Friday at a nearby trailhead for all Natural Adventures campers (including Early Birds). Campers will hike through Briones East Bay Regional park back to Sienna Ranch for their final adventure of the week. More details will be sent to families the week of your enrollment. Sienna Ranch is not permitted to transport students by vehicle, so thanks in advance for arranging your transportation directly to the drop off site.
Survival in the Wild – A Wilderness Skill Adventure
OFFERED: Weeks 2,8 GRADES: 1-2 & 3-5 CLASS SIZE: max 10
OFFERED: Week 5 (Teen Week) GRADES: 3-5 & 6-8 CLASS SIZE: max 10
**New Projects in 2017** Surviving in the wild is no easy task. This camp introduces the fundamentals of staying alive: fire, shelter, food, and water. Campers will learn a series of Basic Wilderness Skills including fire making, shelter building, food preparation, and water purification. Lost-proofing techniques will be practiced along with activities to sharpen awareness of our surroundings. As a culmination of the camp activities, campers will assemble a basic survival kit that they can continue to build on at home.
Ranch Equestrian Camp – Riding & Groundwork
OFFERED: Weeks 1-4, 6-8 & 10 GRADES: 2-5 CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED: Week 5 & 9 (Teen Week) GRADES: 5-8 CLASS SIZE: max 8
Riding, horse-themed games, vaulting and horsemanship skills are the main activities in this camp. Campers will enjoy daily mounted and dismounted lessons in riding and horsemanship and other fun and educational horsey activities. Each day they will work on new skills appropriate to their level during their mounted lesson. Groundwork games, activities, and crafts will include instruction in horse communication, grooming, tacking, leading & tying, and how we care for horses to keep them healthy and happy. When they are not working directly with the horses, campers will spend time practicing skills on the ground via various games and exercises that help develop their ability in the saddle. Our Equestrian campers love getting to know our four ponies, one horse, and one miniature horse!
Horses and Heat: Temperatures and humidity can sometimes exceed the heat stress index veterinarians deem too high for safe horseback riding. Please know that it is our preference for campers to experience a mounted riding rotation each day of program. However, we reserve the right to substitute riding with other creative, experiential horse-themed lessons and games should the index be too great for the horses to be exercised safely. Learn more about heat index.Horse-safe footwear requirement
Additional Camp Options
Afternoon Camps, 2:00-5:00
Archery – Real Bows and Arrows
OFFERED: Weeks 1-4, 6-8 & 10 GRADES: 3-5 CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED: Week 5 & 9 (Teen Week) GRADES: 6-8 CLASS SIZE: max 8
Campers will enjoy learning or improving their archery skills with an opportunity to shoot for at least an hour and a half each day on Sienna Ranch’s designated archery range, with distances ranging from 10 to 25 yards. Instructors model and encourage proper shooting form and techniques and help campers to reach their potential. Over the course of the week, campers will be given the opportunity to work on several archery related crafts, such as leather arm guards and homemade wooden arrows. Beginners are always welcome!
Art and Animals – Art with Natural Materials
OFFERED: Every Week! GRADES: K-2 CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED: Even Weeks (2,4,6,8 & 10) GRADES: 3-5 CLASS SIZE: max 8
Two favorite hobbies- one fantastic camp! Each day, campers will enjoy interacting with the Sienna Ranch animals- activities such as collecting eggs, caring for the goats, feeding the 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 – Just Horsing Around!
OFFERED: Weeks 1-4, 6-8 & 10 GRADES: K-2 CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED: Week 5 & 9 (Teen Week) GRADES: 3-5 CLASS SIZE: max 8
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 more of a focus on riding instruction, please see our morning Ranch Equestrian Camp, offered 9:00am-1:00pm each week.
**NEW FOR 2017** Gardening- Hands-on Dirty Work!
OFFERED: Odd Weeks (1,3,5,7 & 9) GRADES: 3-5 CLASS SIZE: max 8
Campers are guaranteed to get their hands dirty everyday working alongside our experienced garden educators. Learn the business behind scooping scat to build healthy soil, cook some scrumptious seasonal recipes and have fun watering, planting and tasting from our flourishing educational garden! Other highlights for the week will be sprouting our own seeds, designing our own herbal teas, visiting our furry and feathery animal friends and making creations with garden materials.
OFFERED: Weeks (1,3,5,7,8 & 9) GRADES: K-2 CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED: Weeks (2,4,6 & 10) GRADES: 3-5 CLASS SIZE: max 8
Campers will be delighted by making useful and beautiful clay projects in Sienna Ranch’s engaging pottery camp. This hands-on exploration into pottery has a unique Ranch twist as campers learn to put their imagination into their creations. We will explore new hand building techniques each day and complete take-home projects which encourage investigation into size, shape and form.
Campers will create an array of kiln-fired and air dry clay projects by hand in our outdoor pottery studio and will also see at least one animal each afternoon.
OFFERED: Week 5 & 9 (Teen Week) GRADES: 6-8 CLASS SIZE: max 8
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Join Katie Webb, Sienna Ranch’s Animal Care Manager and graduate of UC Davis’ Animal Science program to spend time caring for, learning about and having fun with Sienna Ranch’s beloved animal friends. Oh, and did we mention you get to ride a horse?! Some other highlights include taking our goats for a walk, feeding the horses lunch, learning how to maintain our animal pens (scooping poop is fun!) and shearing Dora our adorable Angora bunny, all the while learning about our animals, how to care for them and what we use them for. There will be a short horse riding lesson on the first day, so please plan to wear appropriate footwear (no riding experience necessary, lessons will focus on vaulting skills).
Woodshop & Natural Building – Carpentry & Woodworking
OFFERED: Even Weeks (2,4,6,8 & 10) GRADES: K-2 CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED: Week 1,3 & 7 GRADES: 3-5 CLASS SIZE: max 8
OFFERED: Week 5 & 9 (Teen Week) GRADES: 6-8 CLASS SIZE: max 8
In this camp we will be building toys, games, and basic structures out of wood and other natural materials. Each day will begin in the Sienna Ranch Woodshop where students will learn to safely use hammers, saws, and drills to create kid-approved projects. Once confidence and skills are gained in the woodshop, students will use their hands and an array of natural materials such as branches and logs, rope and rocks, to build huts and survival shelters. This portion of the class will focus on basic structural design and building techniques that could come in handy in the backyard, during a camping trip, or even in a survival situation. Students can expect to take home at least 2 small projects.
Please read our policies carefully before registering for any camp or class. Purchasing registration implies agreement to the terms below:
Refund, Transfer, and Credit Policy
Sienna Ranch camps and classes are outstanding because our staff is outstanding. Our refund policy allows us to reliably staff our programs with brilliant educators for your children. Camp Refund, transfer or credit requests must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Voicemail messages cannot be considered as official transfer or refund requests.
|Email received||Credit Card Refund||Transfer Camp Weeks||SR Credit|
|Prior to May 1st||$25 fee per camp||no fee||no fee|
|May 1st – 2 weeks prior||not available||$25 fee per camp||$50 fee per camp|
|Less than 2 weeks prior||not available||not available||not available|
- 2 weeks prior to start of camp = email received by Sunday evening two weeks prior to first day of camp in question.
- AM & PM camps are separate programs and incur separate fees for cancellations or transfers.
- SR credit and tuition transfer available for use between immediate family members only.
- We will do our best to honor all transfer requests but cannot guarantee space availability due to the first-come, first-served nature of our programming.
Summer Camp Discounts
- Multiple Week Discount: Register for 3 or more weeks of camp (morning, afternoon, or both), receive $50 off total camp tuition.
- Multi-Sibling Discount: Register one child at full price, receive 10% off camp tuition for any siblings.
Other Tips and Info
Our camps fill up quickly!
Tips to avoid disappointment:
- Sign Up for our Newsletter mailing list: We will notify you via email when our registration opens.
- Sign Up Early: Some of our summer camps begin to sell out as early as January, and many weeks fill by May!
- Try Different Camps: We plan one-week units and find that campers who spend multiple weeks with us enjoy variety in their camp experience. With three different themed nature camps, Farm Hands and Ranch Equestrian morning camps for most ages, as well as five different afternoon programs, we hope there is a lot for each camper to experience with us this summer. Call the office if you would like a recommendation!
- Register from a computer: our registration links do not always work from a phone or tablet.
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. We understand that swim team or alternate camp dismissals may conflict with 5pm pickup so for afternoon camps only, early pickup at 3:30pm is available upon reservation. Please fill out the form below with at least 24 hours notice, otherwise we cannot guarantee your camper will be available for early dismissal.
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|
|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. 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.
Food Allergies: Although we do not provide meals for campers, Farm Hands campers work with goat and cow’s milk, and there is always the chance that campers might enjoy an impromptu snack from the garden during their time at the Ranch. 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 email@example.com with any questions or concerns. We are happy to help you understand how we keep campers with food allergies safe!
Is your preferred camp SOLD OUT?
Add your camper(s) to the Enrollment Notification List. Sienna Ranch will contact any family with a request on file in the event the camp of your choice opens up. Registration is first-come, first-served and changes are sporadic, as they depend on a paying customer choosing to cancel their registration(s). Please note that our form is powered by Google. You do not need a Google account to fill the form out, but you many be prompted to put in your Google password if you already have a Google account.
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