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

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

Today I learned persistence, I learned that the harder I work the better the ending will be.

Children in Nature Participant

At camp I learned to be myself.

Camp Dreamcatcher Participant
Upcoming Events
Family Fun Game Night
Join The ARC of the Capital Area and Candlelight Ranch for our first Virtual Family Game Night! 90 minute Live...Read More Learn More
Military Family Day (September)
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
Light a Path
Save the Date for a magical evening of healing hearts and creating joy benefiting children and families of all abilities...Read More Learn More
Latest News & Press
Summer Programs Move Forward

We are excited and thankful to have re-opened our gates in early May! Through June, we are serving individual families…Read More

Outdoor Explorers Goes Virtual

During the Spring & Fall Candlelight Ranch hosts Outdoor Explorers, an outdoor adventure program serving special needs adolescents through Round…Read More

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