Our Mission

Candlelight Ranch provides educational and nature-based experiences for families and children of all abilities and needs to learn, explore and heal.

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Our Programs
Children in Nature

At Candlelight Ranch, underserved children are provided with customized experiential programming that includes science and nature activities.

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Families in Nature

These special days are free events for families with children that face unique challenges and barriers to normal outdoor experiences.

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Military Families in Nature

Family Days are open to active-duty, veteran, gold-star, or other service-member families with children.

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Camp Dreamcatcher

Summer camp in a safe and supportive setting for children and families who are survivors of abuse and neglect.

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Corporate Retreats

Candlelight Ranch is the perfect venue to host a corporate retreat, team-building session or group event.

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Everyone who participates in Camp Dreamcatcher greatly benefits. The children develop self-confidence, feel empowered, and connect to Mother Earth and to one another. Camp Dreamcatcher builds life affirming trust, traditions, and community.

Camp Dreamcatcher Counselor

We left our phones in the car and just enjoyed nature and each other and will only get them out later for a picture- didn’t know how peaceful screen free would feel!

Family Day Participant

My favorite thing about our experience was all of the fun activities I was able to do with my family at NO COST. Canoeing, kayaking, sleeping in the tree house and fishing.  As a military family we really appreciate this chance to enjoy time together and in nature. Thank you!

Military Family Day Participant

I know now I can do anything- today is life changing for me – I wish my parents could be here and see what I am capable of. I was feeling desperation – won’t ever tell myself I can’t do anything anymore!

Children in Nature Participant

Thank you for a whimsical two days to help us bless some of precious children and families. It was such a gift to see so many children and parents experience firsts! First camping, first fishing, first kayaking. The staff is capable, compassionate and really made the experience wonderful.

Children in Nature Partner Organization

We experience and benefit so much from just being together as a family and being outdoors. We laughed, played, supported each other and made new friends in the process. Thank you, Candlelight Ranch!

Military Family Day Participant
Upcoming Events
Military Family Day (December)
These events are currently being held monthly and are offered at no cost to the military/veteran families that attend. Email [email protected] to...Read More Learn More
Winter Family Day
Our Family Days take place four times a year at Candlelight Ranch. These special days are free events for families...Read More Learn More
Chili Cook-Off & Car Show
Sponsor Opportunities Are Available! If You Are Interested In Becoming A Sponsor please contact [email protected] Tickets On Sale January 4,...Read More Learn More
Latest News & Press
Light of the Year, LuAnn Gilmore

We are proud to announce and honor LuAnn Gilmore, as our our Light of the Year honoree! LuAnn, along with…Read More

Our New Program, Outdoor Explorers

This fall Candlelight Ranch took our mission on the road with a brand new nature-based, educational program called Outdoor Explorers!…Read More

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