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

The founders of Candlelight Ranch envisioned a special, natural Hill Country environment where children could explore, learn and heal through the wonders of nature. The beautiful 41-acre ranch located on the north shore of Lake Travis includes multiple accessible facilities for exploring and learning. The Ranch offers its innovative customized science and nature-based curricula to 35+ non-profit youth-serving organizations and schools, and to non-affiliated groups to enhance and extend their outreach and programming. We have an engaged Board, dedicated staff, volunteers and offer experiential learning opportunities for college students.

The children served include those with physical challenges, emotional and behavioral challenges, economically disadvantaged, intellectually delayed, developmentally delayed, at risk of educational or socio-economic failure, and/or are enrolled in special education classes.

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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Corporate Retreats

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

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Outdoor Explorers

Outdoor Explorers is a therapeutic recreation program designed for young adults with intellectual and physical developmental disabilities. Through this program,…Read More

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