Monthly Archives: September 2015

First Open House!

This past Saturday, September 19th, Pathfinder Ranch opened its doors for our bi-annual Open House Event. About 40 people attended, from as far as Riverside, to become acquainted with the staff and facilities at the ranch. Most attendees were curious future campers and their families. They attended talks and tours given by our Kitchen Director, Summer Camp Director, Outdoor Education Director, medical staff, and teaching naturalists. These talks included information and answered questions about Pathfinder’s history, food services, and medical concerns.  Highlights of the tour for the attendees included petting the horses, visiting with the farm animals, seeing the cabins, and eating our yummy homemade snacks!

Peanut and Imelda greeting our guests.

Peanut and Imelda greeting our guests.

Getting to talk to the staff and tour the ranch is a great way to get future campers excited and relieve the families’ anxieties about sending their loved ones to camp. Our next Open House will be in March 2016 – so keep an eye on our website and Facebook Page for the exact date!

New School Year, New Classes, and New Faces

Fall season has arrived here at Pathfinder Ranch and many new exciting staff, programs, and animals have sailed in with the crisp Autumn air. With Summer behind us our new Naturalists are channeling their inner Dusky Wood Rat and scurrying to perfect lesson plans as we welcome our first students of the season.

This new school year has also allowed us to revamp old power point presentations as well as begin a new evening program. We have added Catapults to our evening programming that explores students’ creative side. Students will construct and test their own method of catapulting using just a few materials and basic physics concepts. The students will launch little piggy’s to test their catapulting devices (no animals are harmed in this activity).

Another program we have added to our rainy day activities that we are extremely excited about is Weather! What better time to explore weather patterns then during a rain day? The students will conduct and test different experiments to help better understand how weather works.

Pathfinder Ranch has been lucky enough to add two exquisite animal friends to our mammal family. Barkley, who is a Hanoverian Thoroughbred, is our newest member of the Equine family. Barkley is the only Warmblood horse in the herd who formerly competed in dressage and jumping!

Barkley, the newest member of our herd.

Barkley, the newest member of our herd.

Terwilliger is our newest member to the wonderful nature center. Terwilliger is a very cute, rambunctious, and furry Chinchilla. Speaking of furry, Terwilliger has 60 hairs per follicle! Chinchillas hail from the Andes Mountains in South America. We will be celebrating her first birthday in October!!

Chillin' with our chinchilla.

Coral chillin’ with our chinchilla.

There is much to be excited about here at Pathfinder Ranch from our excited new Naturalists to the changing of seasons to the new and revamped programming. We are looking forward to all the schools attending our program this fall!

Peace and a warm fleece,

Pathfinder Ranch

Start of a New School Year

Another school year begins and here at Pathfinder Ranch!  We have just finished with our fall training. It was an exciting training with many new naturalists joining us this season.  There were adventures with hiking and climbing, learning to shoot bows and arrows, and how to swamp a canoe. Doing mad science experiments and building catapults to defend Pathfinder from a rogue dragon were big highlights. Through all of these activities we got to know each other and build our community.  Having the opportunity to attend the Hamilton Museum, in Anza, helped us learn more about our Anza Valley and Garner Valley community history. We also had the opportunity to go down to the Living Desert and had a fascinating introduction to Next Generation Science Standards and how to incorporate them into the experiences we provide participants here.

As fun as training was, we are ready to get going with our fall season and thrilled to have hosted The Bishop’s School from San Diego last week. And this week we are in full swing with another school from San Diego, Warren Walker, and couldn’t be more excited!

Group picture at the top of our ethnobotany trail

Group picture at the top of our ethnobotany trail

The Naturalists and catapult that helped save Pathfinder from the dragon.

The Naturalists and catapult that helped save Pathfinder from the dragon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fungi helping belay Juniper up our climbing tower.

Fungi helping belay Juniper up our climbing tower.