ABOUT THE RANCH Wonder Wood Ranch, a 501(c)3 charitable organization located in Prunedale, California, serves foster, high-trauma, low income, underprivileged, gang-impacted, and/or homeless kids and youth from high crime, at risk areas of Monterey County. Kids learn about horses and ride, usually for the first time in their lives. The look on a kid’s face when he first sits on a horse and realizes there can be more to life than gangs, drugs, and desperation is amazing! From atop a horse, kids find a new perspective, a better perspective, on life.
We also provide private equine therapy sessions and private horse lessons(see below for more info). Plus, there are often crafts, snacks, archery, lessons in grooming, reading, writing, donkey care (Everybody loves donkeys!), art, and other fun farm animals such as chickens, bunnies, goats, pigs, and a couple chinchillas. We are always thinking up new programs, so check back often for news and new opportunities! Click for a quick video introduction to the Ranch!
Our staff are volunteers and we operate mostly off private donations and small grants. If you would like to volunteer, or if you have a group of kids that fit our demographic and would like to discuss bringing them to the Ranch, contact us using the form below. We can custom-create programs to specifically suit your group of kids or youth. To get an idea of our current programs, visit our PROGRAMS & SPONSORSHIP page.
We also provide equine therapy and private horse lessons, with part of the fees going to support our pro-bono work with at-risk kids. For more info about equine therapy (cost: $75/hr), Email our Executive Director or use the contact form below. Regarding private lessons, during the school year lessons will be scheduled 1-2 times per month by appointment only. During summer months, lessons will be offered at a greater frequency, but will still be limited. Cowboy boots are suggested (the best are ARIAT square toed boots). If you’re interested in scheduling a private lesson, Email Jayna (current rates: $65/hr for 1 person; $110/hr for 2 people). Please pay with Venmo, cash, or a check written out to Wonder Wood Ranch. For horsemanship sessions, Email Bria. Find out more about Bria in this short informational video. Lessons and horsemanship sessions are typically on Saturdays during the school year. Equine Therapy can be scheduled any day except Sunday.
We hope you will partner with us to make a positive difference in the lives of kids and in our community!
*** DONATE THROUGH VENMO using Wonder Wood Ranch as the recipient name. We've also created an Amazon Wish List to provide some needed items for the Ranch. Here's the link to the list: AMAZON LIST You can also use the Donate button above to make a donation via PayPal. ***
Want a video tour of the Ranch? CLICK HERE! Thanks to Gene Bacon, who chose Wonder Wood Ranch for his class video project, and to his son, David, for his help in putting together the video.