Sienna Ranch Classes


2022-2023 Class Information

Registration will open to the public Wednesday May 11th at 10am. Riding lessons will open at a later date in August.

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Nature Classes

Ranch Play
Ages 3-4 and Caregiver

Ranch Play (Formerly Let’s Play at the Ranch)

Children and their caregivers will love this opportunity for a weekly visit to Sienna Ranch together. Each week will offer new wonders as you experience the ranch and her residents with the change of the seasons. Gardening, harvesting, crafting, and animal interactions will make up our weekly routine. Each Ranch Play session has different projects so join for as many as you would like!

Students in the program are:

  • Able to listen to instruction from teacher or caretaker
  • Able to stay with the group
  • Gentle with our animal friends
  • Excited to be outside in all weather conditions and get a bit dirty.

 Note: This class is designed for one student and one caretaker per registration. An infant sibling that is able to be happily worn by the parent/guardian for the full 90 minutes may attend Ranch Play at no extra charge. Unfortunately, other siblings, extra adults or visitors cannot attend. 


AM Class
PRICE:
See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES:
Preschool & PreK (ages 3-4), with accompanying adult caregiver
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Sessions 1-4:
Tuesday 9am-10:30am
Wednesday 9:15am-10:45am
Thursday 9am-10:30am
Jr Ranchers
PreK-1st Grade

Junior Ranchers

A unique program designed for this special age when everything is exciting and magical. Junior Ranchers will experience a  holistic approach of the ranch including getting to know the animals, discovering our garden and making nature themed crafts. There will be ample time to enjoy unstructured nature play, exploration, and observation as well. Each session focuses on the ranch and our plants, farm animals, and wildlife through specialty crafts and activities that are aligned with seasonal and ecological activities on the ranch. These activities may include pottery, woodworking, wild crafts, and more.   

Full Day and Multi-Day options involve a fully immersive program with more exploration and more in depth curriculum.

Students in this program are:

  • Able to use the restroom independently
  • Able to listen to verbal directions in an outdoor environment
  • Able to stay with the teacher
  • Emotionally ready to spend 3 1/2 hours away from parents/caregivers
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty
Mid Day Class
PRICE:
See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES:
PreK-1st (PreK= at least 4 years old as of August 28th, 2022)
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Sessions 1-4:
Monday 1:30pm-4:45pm
Tuesday 11am-2:15pm
Thursday 11am-2:15pm


Afternoon Class

PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES:
PreK-1st (PreK= at least 4 years old as of August 28th, 2022)
Weekly Offerings:
Sessions 1-4:
Tuesday 3:15pm-6pm
Thursday 3:15pm-6pm


Full Day Class
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES:
PreK-1st (PreK= at least 4 years old as of August 28th, 2022)
Weekly Offerings:
Wednesday 9:00am-3:00pm
Explorers
1st-6th Grade

Explorers

Explorer students have the opportunity to try a variety of activities focused on building a deep and meaningful connection to nature. Our core activities include hiking, wilderness skills, animal interaction, wild tending, homesteading skills, cooking, nature based crafts, and seasonal gardening. Ample time is given to exploration, observation, unstructured nature play, and games as well. Each session has a theme and all activities align with seasonal and ecological changes on the ranch and our surrounding natural landscape. 

Full Day and Multi-Day options involve a fully immersive program with more exploration and more in depth curriculum.

Students in the program are:

  • Able to listen to verbal directions in an outdoor environment
  • Willing to participate in group activities
  • Able to focus on a project for 20-30 minutes
  • Able to hike minimum one mile with a full backpack
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty
Mid Day Class
PRICE:
See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES:
1st-6th
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Sessions 1-3:
Tuesday 11am-2:15pm
Thursday 11am-2:15pm

Session 4:
Monday 1:30-4:45pm
Tuesday 11am-2:15pm
Thursday 11am-2:15pm

Afternoon Class

PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES:
1st-6th
Weekly Offerings:
Sessions 1-4:
Tuesday 3:15pm-6pm
Thursday 3:15pm-6pm

Full Day Class
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES:
1st-6th
Weekly Offerings:
Wednesday 9:00am-3:00pm

Nature Sages
7th-9th Grade

Nature Sages 

Sienna Ranch’s Nature Sages Teen Program is designed to deepen each student’s connection with nature while building an individual sense of self and purpose. Through hands-on creative projects we will build skills related to survival, nature connection, homesteading, and ancient arts. By fostering an awareness of the outside world, we will build connections to our inner experience through personal reflection and group activities. Nature Sages will have the opportunity to grow as leaders as they work together as a team.   Hiking, team building activities, and animal interactions/care will be regular aspects of the program as well. Each session has a theme and all activities align with seasonal and ecological changes on the ranch and our surrounding natural landscape. 

Nature Sages is open to all levels of experience. Whether you have grown up at Sienna Ranch or you are joining us for the very first time- everyone is welcome!

Full Day and Multi-Day options involve a fully immersive program with more exploration and more detailed curriculum.

Students in the program are:

  • Able to hike minimum two miles
  • Able to sit and participate in group discussions
  • Able to focus on a project for up to an hour
  • Excited to challenge themselves in new ways
  • Willing to work hard on projects that benefit the Ranch community
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty
Full Day Class
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES:
7th-9th
Weekly Offerings:
Wednesday 9:00am-3:00pm
Monday Classes
PreK-8th Grade

Jr Ranchers

A unique program designed for this special age when everything is exciting and magical. Junior Ranchers will experience a  holistic approach of the ranch including getting to know the animals, discovering our garden and making nature themed crafts. There will be ample time to enjoy unstructured nature play, exploration, and observation as well. Each session focuses on the ranch and our plants, farm animals, and wildlife through specialty crafts and activities that are aligned with seasonal and ecological activities on the ranch. These activities may include pottery, woodworking, wild crafts, and more.   

Full Day and Multi-Day options involve a fully immersive program with more exploration and more in depth curriculum.

Students in this program are:

  • Able to use the restroom independently
  • Able to listen to verbal directions in an outdoor environment
  • Able to stay with the teacher
  • Emotionally ready to spend 3 1/2 hours away from parents/caregivers
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty
Mid Day Class
GRADES:
PreK-2nd
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Monday 1:30pm-4:45pm

Explorers

Explorer students have the opportunity to try a variety of activities focused on building a deep and meaningful connection to nature. Our core activities include hiking, wilderness skills, animal interaction, wild tending, homesteading skills, cooking, nature based crafts, and seasonal gardening. Ample time is given to exploration, observation, unstructured nature play, and games as well. Each session has a theme and all activities align with seasonal and ecological changes on the ranch and our surrounding natural landscape. 

Full Day and Multi-Day options involve a fully immersive program with more exploration and more in depth curriculum.

Students in the program are:

  • Able to listen to verbal directions in an outdoor environment
  • Willing to participate in group activities
  • Able to focus on a project for 20-30 minutes
  • Able to hike minimum one mile with a full backpack
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty
Mid Day Class
GRADES:
4th-6th
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Monday 1:30pm-4:45pm

Nature Sages 

Sienna Ranch’s Nature Sages Teen Program is designed to deepen each student’s connection with nature while building an individual sense of self and purpose. Through hands-on creative projects we will build skills related to survival, nature connection, homesteading, and ancient arts. By fostering an awareness of the outside world, we will build connections to our inner experience through personal reflection and group activities. Nature Sages will have the opportunity to grow as leaders as they work together as a team.   Hiking, team building activities, and animal interactions/care will be regular aspects of the program as well. Each session has a theme and all activities align with seasonal and ecological changes on the ranch and our surrounding natural landscape. 

Nature Sages is open to all levels of experience. Whether you have grown up at Sienna Ranch or you are joining us for the very first time- everyone is welcome!

Students in the program are:

  • Able to hike minimum two miles
  • Able to sit and participate in group discussions
  • Able to focus on a project for up to an hour
  • Excited to challenge themselves in new ways
  • Willing to work hard on projects that benefit the Ranch community
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty
Monday Class
GRADES: 7th-8th
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Monday 1:30pm-4:45pm
Friday AM Class
K-2nd Grade

Jr Ranchers Friday Class

A unique program designed for this special age when everything is exciting and magical. Junior Ranchers will experience a  holistic approach of the ranch including getting to know the animals, discovering our garden and making nature themed crafts. There will be ample time to enjoy unstructured nature play, exploration, and observation as well. Each session focuses on the ranch and our plants, farm animals, and wildlife through specialty crafts and activities that are aligned with seasonal and ecological activities on the ranch. These activities may include pottery, woodworking, wild crafts, and more.   

Students in this program are:

  • Able to use the restroom independently
  • Able to listen to verbal directions in an outdoor environment
  • Able to stay with the teacher
  • Emotionally ready to spend 3 1/2 hours away from parents/caregivers
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty
AM Class
GRADES:
K-2nd
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Firday 9:15am-11:00am


Enrichment Classes

Archery Adventures
3rd-6th Grade

Archery Adventures

In Archery Adventures students will experience the thrill of shooting a bow and arrow! Each class students are encouraged to focus on a specific aspect of their shooting form, while reviewing skills learned in previous classes. After gaining a basic level of proficiency and safety, archers may choose to challenge themselves and keep track of their progress through a scoring system. This class is appropriate for beginners and returning archers. With a fully covered shooting line, classes will be held rain or shine! In addition to shooting archery, students will take a break to rest their arms with other fun aspects of the ranch such as playing games, and visiting our animals. 

Students in this program are:

  • Able to follow verbal directions in an outdoor environment with distractions
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty
  • Able to focus on shooting archery for periods of 45 minutes at a time
  • Able to closely follow safety rules and act calmly on the archery range
Mid Day Class
PRICE:
See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES:
3rd-6th
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Sessions 1-4:
Friday 11am-2:15pm

Afternoon Class

PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES:
3rd-6th
Weekly Offerings:
Sessions 2 & 3
Friday 3:15pm-6pm

Critters & Clay
K-6th Grade

Critters & Clay

In Critters and Clay students will learn basic hand building clay techniques while drawing inspiration from the natural landscape and ranch life surrounding us. We will touch upon elements of design, texture, balance, and fundamentals of construction and glaze application This class is appropriate for beginners and returning potters. In addition to sculpting and glazing clay, students will enjoy other fun aspects of the ranch such as playing games, and visiting our animals. 

Students in this program are:

  • Able to follow verbal directions in an outdoor environment with distractions
  • Able to accept when projects don’t turn out exactly as imagined or mistakes are made
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty
Mid Day Class
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide

GRADES:
3rd-6th
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:

Sessions 1 & 3
Friday 11am-2:15pm

GRADES:
K-2nd
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Sessions 2 & 4
Friday 11am-2:15pm

Afternoon Class

PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide

GRADES:
K-2nd
Weekly Offerings:
Sessions 1-4:
Friday 3:15pm-6pm

Foodie Farmers
K-6th Grade

Foodie Farmers

Foodie Farmers will learn to care for our garden and enjoy the bountiful harvest!  Students will make delicious seasonal recipes incorporating freshly harvested ingredients and learn basic cooking skills, techniques for safely working with cooking tools, and how to measure and follow a recipe. Every class will contribute the recipe of the day to a class cookbook that students can take home at the end of the session.  The class will also incorporate hands-on garden work where we will learn how to do seasonal garden care including seeding, transplanting, harvesting, and building healthy soil. Come join us for a delicious good time!

Please note: recipes may include gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts. Please discuss any food allergies in advance. 

Students in this program are:

  • Able to follow verbal directions in an outdoor environment
  • Open to trying new foods
  • Up for hiking minimum 1 mile with a full backpack
  • Willing to participate in group activities
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty
Mid Day Class
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide

GRADES:
3rd-6th
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:

Session 2 & 4:
Thursday 11am-2:15pm

GRADES: K-2nd
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:

Session 1 & 3:
Thursday 11am-2:15pm


Afternoon Class

PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide

GRADES:
3rd-6th
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:

Session 2 & 4:
Thursday 3:15pm- 6pm

GRADES: K-2nd
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:

Session 1 & 3:
Thursday 3:15pm- 6pm

Horse Connection
1st-5th Grade

Horse Connection

Take your love of horses to the next level with our Horse Connection Class! This class is a great opportunity for both new and experienced students to learn about horse care and history while meeting other equine enthusiasts. Students will practice their horse-handling skills through hands-on activities like grooming and leading and increase their knowledge about horse safety, anatomy, tack and equipment, behavior, and herd dynamics through crafts, games and horse care activities. This non-riding class is focused on developing deep emotional connection to horses and developing confidence on the ground

Students must safely be able to: 

  • Follow verbal directions
  • Maintain quiet bodies and calm voices in horse zone
  • Gently groom and interact with the horse on the ground
  • Wear appropriate safety attire (boots)
  • Feel comfortable working on the ground with the horse (ex: grooming, leading, tacking, etc)

Note about Neurodiversity: Sienna Ranch is not a certified adaptive or therapeutic riding center. If you have a neuro-diverse child and are wondering if our riding program would be a good fit please feel free to reach out to our office. 

Mid Day Class
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide

GRADES:
2nd-5th
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:

Sessions 1
Friday 11am-2:15pm

Afternoon Class

PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide

GRADES:
1st-2nd
Weekly Offerings:
Sessions 1
Thursday 3:15pm-6pm

Trail Ramblers
1st-8th Grade

Trail Ramblers

Trail Ramblers  is our companion program to our Nature Programs (Junior Ranchers and Explorers) that focuses on building confidence and independence through active hiking, team building games and activities, and animal interactions.  This high energy class is designed for participants that need to burn off energy and get outside. Students will enjoy playing games, exploring the hills and trails of Sienna Ranch, and experiencing hands-on skills like shelter building and compasses. We will go out in all weather conditions. Since we will be spending a lot of time in Briones please come prepared and on time for this class. 

Students in this program are:

  • Able to follow verbal directions in an outdoor environment
  • Up for hiking minimum 1 mile/40 minutes with a full backpack
  • Willing to participate in group games and active play activities
  • Ready to be outside in all weather conditions and get dirty

Mid Day Class
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES: 5th-8th
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Session 1 & 3:
Tuesday 11am-2:15pm

GRADES: 1st-4th
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Session 2 & 4:
Tuesday 11am-2:15pm


Afternoon Class

PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
GRADES:
3rd-6th
Weekly Offerings:
Session 1 & 4:
Friday 3:15pm-6pm

Woodshop Wonders
K-6th Grade

Woodshop Wonders

The Sienna Ranch Woodshop is a wonderland for all builders and tinkerers. Students are introduced to and apply foundational carpentry skills to create take-home projects. While practicing safe tool use with manual saws, hammers, and hand drills students are encouraged to creatively explore a medley of upcycled and repurposed materials. No prior experience is necessary, and most projects can be scaled up for more experienced builders.

Students in this program are:

  • Able to follow verbal directions in an outdoor environment as well as in a distracting and noisy woodshop setting 
  • Able to accept when projects don’t turn out exactly as imagined or mistakes are made
  • Aware of their surroundings when using sharp tools
  • Able to safely use manual woodshop tools
Mid Day Class
PRICE:
See our 2022-2023 Price Guide

GRADES:
3rd-6th
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Sessions 2 & 4:
Friday 11am-2:15pm

GRADES: K-2nd
WEEKLY OFFERINGS:
Sessions 1 & 3:
Friday 11am-2:15pm

Afternoon Class

PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide

GRADES:
3rd-6th
Weekly Offerings:
Session 1 & 3
Tuesday 3:15pm-6pm

GRADES: K-2nd
Weekly Offerings:
Session 2 & 4
Tuesday 3:15pm-6pm

SEED Social Group
Age 7-12
Afternoon Class
GRADES: Ages 7-12
PRICE: See our 2022-2023 Price Guide
Weekly Offerings:
Wednesday 2:30pm-4pm

Sienna Ranch SEED Social Groups are specifically designed for children with special needs who are looking for a unique opportunity to participate in age-appropriate activities, hands-on learning, animal interaction, hiking, group games and social reciprocity activities at our 21 acre Ranch in the hills of Lafayette. We always strive to find innovative, fun and effective ways to tie in all of our lessons to life on the Ranch. The Social Groups aim to leave all students with a positive association with each other, the Ranch, our animals and our environment.

NOTE ON AIDES: Sienna Ranch asks that if your student has a 1:1 behavioral aide that they attend together (extra support in this outdoor classroom sets students up for success!). We do not allow parent/guardians as aides. 

NOTE: For the SEED Social group class you will register for pre-waitlist on the system. We will then reach out to you about your registration. If you are new to Sienna Ranch or new to the SEED class we will set up a tour for you to come see the ranch and make sure the program is the right fit for your child. After the tour we will put through the final registration and collect a deposit or full payment.

Private Lessons

Private Riding Lessons
Age 6+

Private Riding Lessons

Registration for Sessions will open a month before the session. Session 2 Registration will open Tuesday October 4th at 10am.

The Sienna Ranch Equine Program has a mission to inspire the youth to be responsible and educated equestrians. We aim to give kids a well-rounded knowledge of overall horse care and a solid foundation of equestrian skills. By the end of the program, participants will have an understanding of horses’ natural environmental ecosystems with a focus on their biological instincts as well as the many roles they have played, and continue to play, in our society. Our goal is to give students the foundation they need to further their journey as budding equestrians.

About our Lessons: Lessons will be in the Round Pen and are best for beginners or nervous riders. Private Riding Lessons will have 45 minutes of riding time, during which the student will learn how to communicate with horses using Natural Horsemanship riding styles. The rider will also be taught proper posture and steering techniques using English riding equipment. The remaining time of the lesson will be dedicated to learning about horse care, including learning how to properly tack up and untack the horse, the different methods for feeding and housing horses, as well as other general horse knowledge that will help set a solid foundation for their equine education. The lessons cost $85 per class and come in packages based on the session.

Riding Program For First Time Sienna Ranch Riders (regardless of other barn experience):

Students new to private riding lessons will start with a non-riding horsemanship assessment lesson. Even if your student has ridden horses on vacation, at home, or at another barn it is important that we establish safety rules that allow students to build confidence and deep connection with our horses. In the introductory assessment lesson our riding instructors will go over the foundational elements of horse safety, behavior and tools so that your student can confidently transition into the saddle in a safe and holistic way. Students must be able to complete the prerequisite riding skills listed below before transitioning to a riding lesson. Once in the Sienna Ranch program, riders may continue to register for riding lessons without repeating the horsemanship fundamentals assessment. If your student is unable to complete the prerequisite riding skills in the first lesson we will continue the lesson package as ground lessons until they are able to complete the skills and transition to riding.

Prerequisite Riding Skills:

  1. Follow verbal directions
  2. Maintain quiet bodies and calm voices in horse zone
  3. Gently groom and interact with the horse
  4. Wear appropriate safety attire (boots, helmet, etc)
  5. Feel comfortable working on the ground with the horse (ex: grooming, leading, tacking, etc)
  6. Hold reins and mount and dismount on one of our horses.

NOTE about Neurodiversity: Sienna Ranch is not a certified adaptive or therapeutic riding center. If you have a neuro-diverse child and are wondering if our riding program would be a good fit please feel free to reach out to our office. 

NOTE about Parents: Sienna Ranch aims to provide a space for students to interact independently in our programs without parents, as such we do not allow parents to watch the lessons. All lessons are one- to- one lessons so if you have multiple siblings who want to participate in lessons you will need to sign up for more lesson slots. It is one lesson per child. We will not be allowing any double siblings in one lesson going forward.

Private Lessons
GRADES: Ages 6+
PRICE: $85 per lesson (packaged per session- 7 weeks)
Weekly Offerings:
70 minute lessons
Session 2 Schedule