Wild West Camping Since 1963


School Group Activities

The schedule includes a myriad of classes and activities for our students, teachers, chaperones, parents and guests. Our core classes consist of 4 specific activities that are included in every camp program.



Ranchhands have a western riding lesson taught by the ranch’s certified riding instructors and their assistants.   Geared toward beginners.

Riders must wear a current ASTM-SEI approved equestrian riding helmet at all times while on horseback.   (Yes, helmets do “expire”; if your rider’s helmet has a manufacturing date (check the label) older than 5 years it’s time to replace.)  Helmets are provided by Rawhide Ranch or you are welcome to bring your own approved equestrian helmet. (Bike helmets are not acceptable.)

  • VAULTING (Gymnastics on horseback)

Learning vaulting techniques is an ideal way to help new riders understand posture, leg contact and balance from the beginning.  For more experienced riders, vaulting techniques help them gain insight into timing of strides and rhythm as well.

Vaulting exercises are the perfect way for riders to learn how to safely dismount “unexpectedly” and overcome a fear of falling.  A safe way to learn since the horse is controlled by a longeur, vaulting focuses on the key elements in developing confident and competent riders.  Vaulting is the gateway to all equestrian sport!


Our Animal Science classes give our Ranchhands a chance to learn the basics of the various different ranch animals that we have here at the ranch.  Our classes focus on the care, exploration, and hands on learning opportunities of a working ranch. We are excited to offer different classes during your stay that encompasses a wide range of topics and experiential learning activities.


What is the difference between a horse and a pony? Come find out in the midst of our famous pony barn for horse science classes. These classes focus on the many different aspects of horse and pony care, terminology, grooming and the psychology of herd animals and their behavior. Our Horse Science classes give every camper a chance to work with our ponies and horses to gain more confidence and respect for our large four legged friends.


Each Ranchhand will have an opportunity to participate in animal care time, morning and afternoon. This activity is based on old time chores that children living on a ranch would have had responsibility for. It may include raking out stalls and surrounding areas, and feeding/watering all types of ranch/farm animals. It’s all part of the ranch experience and builds great pride and teamwork within the group.

Morning and afternoon animal care time is designed to help Ranchhands to learn about all aspects of taking care of animals and being responsible for them. After animal care time the Ranchhands will have the opportunity to wash up and then head off to their next activity.

And……A few fun extras as well!

   Archery*   ~   Country Line Dance Lessons*   ~   Roping*

 *subject to change

  • California State Education Standards

For those school groups interested in supplementing their classroom curriculum, the out-of-doors experiential learning at Rawhide Ranch creates an experiential learning opportunity that applies multiple grade level standards in each attended class. This unique approach to curriculum development gives students the chance to refresh, consider, and increase their knowledge within our programs correlation to the California State Education Content Standards for grades 2-8.

Our classes are designed to encourage critical thinking skills while introducing concepts, vocabulary, and hands on learning. We incorporate core classes, electives, and activities that apply standards from across the grade levels within: Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences, Language Arts, History & Social Sciences, as well as Physical Education. Your students will have an opportunity to fine-tune communication skills and create positive solutions in a variety of scenarios throughout our program.


RHR 3-Day school program applies up to 120 California State Content Standards

Life Sciences: 2. a, b, c, d, (2nd) – 3. a, b, c, d (3rd) – 2. a, b, c, 3. a, b, d, (4th) – 2. a (5th) – 5. a, b, c, d.

Earth Sciences: 4.c (4th) – 3.a (5th).

Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Structure: 1.a (6th).

History/Social Science: 1.2, 4.1 (2nd) – 3.3, 4.2, 4.4 (4th) – 1.1, 1.3 (6th).

Language Arts (listening and speaking): 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 (2nd) – 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.7 – 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9 (4th) – 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 (5th) – 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 (6th).

Physical Education: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 1.17, 1.18, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.6, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 (2nd) – 1.3, 1.5, 1.15, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.5, 3.6, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 (3rd) – 1.6, 2.1, 3.2, 4.13, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 (4th) – 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 4.9, 4.13, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 (5th) – 1.9, 1.10, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5.


  • Evening Activities

Rawhide Ranch offers a wide variety of  Evening Activities facilitated by our trained instructors. Based on the age of the students in camp  our games and activities are carefully selected for their skills, abilities, and needs as a growing and learning group. The evening activities will include all school groups in camp for the session.

The first night of  camp will consist of many different games and activities. This gives  students an opportunity to have a lot of fun, work together in teams, and run off some great energy before lights out.

Our second night of evening programming will also include more high energy activities as well as a traditional campfire lead by our wonderful year round instructors. We encourage songs, skits, and stories from your group but are certainly not required. Our staff will run the entire program for you engaging your students in fun and appropriate campfire activities.

Both evenings will include down time and the flexibility to add any of your own additional programming for your group.


  • Parent Open House

We encourage  parents to visit the ranch on the final morning of their child’s school program. The ranch loves the opportunity to show off all the incredible things the students  have learned during their time here at the Ranch. We invite  parents to come, watch, cheer, take pictures, and join in for the last classes of the program.  Our morning is packed full of activities and we would love to share them.  Parents are also invited to join their student for the closing bbq lunch as well (extra charge).

Parents are welcome to arrive anytime after 9:00 a.m. on the closing day of school program which will ensure that they will have a chance to see their child in their natural learning environment here at the ranch.   There a great areas for parents to observe, take pictures, smile, and have fun watching how much the students have learned in a just a few days. There is also the chance to participate in a hands-on class or two such as Country Line Dancing and/or Roping!