Our mission is to connect children with the natural world by providing an extraordinarily fun and inspiring nature-immersion camping experience.
When kids go outside, they naturally begin to explore, discover, and learn. And they have a blast!
Recent research confirms that kids who spend time outdoors are healthier, happier, and perform better academically. Spending time in nature also encourages self-discipline, confidence, problem-solving skills, creativity and cooperation.
Connecting children with the natural world can forge a bond that lasts a lifetime, contributing to healthy living, spiritual renewal, and a heightened commitment to the stewardship of our natural resources.
And that’s why we created El Ranchito.
We serve children and youth from low-income families, offering Nature Discovery Camp for 4th – 9th graders, and Conservation Corps for 10th -12th graders. Our traveling camp, the Gulf Coast Expedition, is a service learning journey for 18-22 year olds.