Coming up . . . Christmas at the Ranch Open House Saturday, December 17 3:30-6pm
Pictures with Santa, visits with horses, games, prizes, crafts, cookies, hot chocolate bar, and more! Free Admission, donations welcome!
ABOUT THE RANCH At Wonder Wood Ranch, we bring hope and healing to youth through therapeutic animals in a safe environment. “The staff is so welcoming and makes me feel like I matter.” — Youth, age 17
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. (see below for ways to donate to support our work!)
We also provide private equine therapy sessions and private horsemanship lessons(see below for more info). Riding lessons available in summer only. 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 horsemanship lessons, with part of the fees going to support our pro-bono work with at-risk kids. For more info about equine therapy (cost: $100/hr), Email our Executive Director or use the contact form below. Equine therapy includes riding as well as other activities. Regarding private horsemanship lessons, during the school year lessons will be scheduled by appointment only. Horsemanship lessons focus on horse training and handling and are led by our professional horse trainer. For horsemanship sessions, Email Bria. Find out more about Bria in this short informational video. During summer months only, horseback riding lessons will be offered on a first come first served basis. Current rates for horsemanship sessions and summer riding lessons: $75/hr per person. Please pay with Venmo, cash, or a check written out to Wonder Wood Ranch.
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!
Click to Download the latest Flier for Wonder Wood Ranch
*** HOW TO DONATE: 1) VENMO using Wonder Wood-Ranch as the recipient name 2) PAYPAL using firstname.lastname@example.org 3) Check to Wonder Wood Ranch, 8100 Wild Horse Rd, Salinas, CA 93907 4) Drop off cash at the Ranch by appointment 5) 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 ***
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.