Happy Spring from the Ranch!

Spring has arrived at Candlelight Ranch and the bluebonnets are simply incredible! The joyful laughter of children and families can be heard throughout the property as they learn, explore and heal. Spring at the ranch is my favorite time of the year. It’s so special to watch the flowers bloom, the birds’ nest and the butterflies return.  Spring serves as a reminder of all the seeds that were planted during the fall and winter months to help our mission blossom. Because of your support, Candlelight Ranch has completed construction of our new High Ropes Course and we are excited to begin using it with groups this spring and summer! Your support during the Chili Cook-Off & Car Show in February and Amplify Austin in March allows us to continue serving children and families of all-abilities through our Children & Families in Nature programs, including our monthly Military Family Days.  Thank you for helping us grow!

We have another exciting summer ahead of us at Candlelight Ranch! We look forward to hosting Camp Glimmer for another fun-filled seven weeks and can’t wait to see our returning partners from the Phoenix Center, ACE after school programs and Girls Forward, among others.  And, our very own Camp Dreamcatcher, a three-day camp for survivors of trauma, returns for a fifth summer!  We know that many transformations will occur at the ranch this spring and summer with the help of our greatest teacher, nature.

We look forward to sharing the joyful memories with you this year. Please mark your calendars for a magical evening of sparking joy at our 20th Anniversary Celebration, Light A Path on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs.  I sincerely hope that each of you will consider joining us as we mark this momentous occasion. I would be remised without saying, that each one of us has led Candlelight Ranch down the path to where we are today, and I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the children and families who grow and thrive at the ranch!

With gratitude,

Jenn Hartner

Executive Director