McDonald Ranch

Founded 30 years ago

Founded over 30 years ago by Linda McDonald, McDonald Ranch was inspired by and designed with children in mind. Linda decided to take the love children naturally have for animals and incorporate learning through interactions with domestic and farm animals. Our belief system is that going back to basics is a great benefit to youth. By providing kids with real interactions with animals and nature, we can counteract the overabundance of technology which tend to distract and disconnect youth from family, community, and nature.

Rescued, homeless and abandoned animals are incorporated into our camp programs to provide children with interaction while learning about responsibility and proper care of the animals.

Better our community, one child at a time

Supporting the next generations

McDonald Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has always relied a great deal on the personal and financial support and long hours of Linda and her husband, Richard. In fact, Linda and Richard are the single biggest donors to the program. When asked what is it that has driven them for so long, they will both tell you that there isn’t anything in their lives that has been more rewarding than being a part of so many children’s growth. “Many of our kids come to our program year after year and some come all year around. Many have started at the age of 5 or 6 years old and still return each summer to work as summer camp counselors. We have a very large ‘extended family’.” You can support our nonprofit organization in a variety of ways, whether it’s through donations, volunteering for work days, in-kind donations, or something else.

Up until 2022, McDonald Ranch has run it’s program exclusively in Sonoma County, California. However, the Ranch is now relocating to Brazos County, Texas and will start it’s first summer camp in Texas in June 2023.

“We don’t do this for the money, so we get paid in smiles from the children.”

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Getting Involved and Contacting Us

If you would like to become involved with the program as a volunteer, board member or would like more information about McDonald Ranch, Texas, please give Linda McDonald a call. Need more information?