Bringing hope through horses to a hurting community.
Wonder Wood Ranch, a 501(c)3 charitable organization located in Prunedale, California, serves low income, underprivileged, and 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 crafts, snacks, archery, lessons in grooming, donkey care (Everybody loves donkeys!), 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!
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 private horse lessons, with part of the fees going to support our work with at-risk kids. For more info about private horse lessons, CLICK HEREbut please note that the rates have changed for private lessons. Current rates are: $30/half hour, $50/hour, $75/hour and a half; Add $25/hour for each additional rider)
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. ON MARCH 24th the Welcome Shed at the Ranch burned to the ground with everything in it. We've created an Amazon Wish List to replace the most important items lost. If you'd like to help, here's the link to the list: AMAZON LIST We are also accepting donations to replace the shed! Use the Donate button above to make a donation via PayPal, or you can make a donation through VENMO using Wonder Wood Ranch as the recipient name. ***
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.