Be a part of the mission
Pathfinder Ranch is a non-profit Summer Camp, Outdoor Education Center, and Retreat Center that serves thousands of people each year from all over Southern California and Southern Nevada. So many people have been shaped by their experiences at Pathfinder and if you are one of them, you know what it means to children and adults alike. We are now going into our 56th year of summer camp and appreciate the opportunity to continue enriching lives by providing quality programs and facilities that connect people with nature and each other. We are very grateful for all financial assistance as it directly impacts the quality and variety of services offered. If you see a giving opportunity below that you would like to be a part of, we accept monetary gifts check mailed to our office at 35510 Pathfinder Rd., Mountain Center, CA 92561 or by credit card through a link below. If you are interested in donating an in-kind gift, please contacting us at 951-569-2455 to discuss details. As a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation, your contributions are tax deductible.
Ways to Support Us
We can’t do it alone, and there are many ways you can help support our mission and the work we do at Pathfinder Ranch. From following us on social media to volunteering your time and talents to making a donation – whatever support you can provide is appreciated and needed.
Make a General Contribution
If you would like to contribute to the mission of Pathfinder Ranch but don’t have a specific cause, you may make a general gift that will go toward improvements and upkeep. General contributions ultimately reduce or eliminate the cost of programming by covering day to day expenses. This is especially important during the Coronavirus pandemic as general donations support essential operations until programming is able to re-open.
Sponsor an Animal
The animals at the Ranch, whether in the nature center, at Betsy’s Farm, or in the herd, are perinnial favorites of our guests. Now you, or the animal lover in your life, can help care for them while getting to know a favorite even better! When you sponsor an animal, your monthly or yearly sponsorship donation will help cover the cost of food, habitat maintenance, daily care, and annual veterinary care. You, or your gift recipient, will recieve a personalised digital certificate in recognition of the sponsorship, a photo of your sponsored animal, and a fact sheet about the animal, as well as regular updates.
Sponsorships at the Animal Fanatic level will additionally ensure that we are able to cover the costs of unexpected emergency veterinary care, should an accident or illness occur, and this level of sponsorship gives you or your recipient the opportunity to schedule a 30-minute video chat with the animal and their care-giver.
Shop the Holiday Gift Guide
We know that for many, the ability to make an outright donation is just out of financial reach. That’s why this year, we’ve created a Holiday Gift Guide filled with gifts to give loved ones or yourself that will also give back to the Ranch. All proceeds go directly to the general fund, just like when you make a General Contribution.
Plant a Tree
Offset the cost of flood repairs
On February 14th 2019, 8 inches of rain fell within a 24 hour period, flooding Pathfinder Ranch and severely damaging the entrance road. Our goal of $280,000 is to rebuild the road, repair damage, and ensure that each child can continue to experience the joy of camp. This is a big and unexpected project and any donation amount will help make a difference. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much for so many.
Thank you to all who have contributed. Our current campaign progress stands at $8,813.
A single lane road is still available into camp so if you are scheduled to attend a program in the near future, you will still have safe access.Once repairs begin traffic will be temporarily rerouted.
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Send a child to summer camp
Each summer, children from all around southern California and as far east as Las Vegas look forward to spending a fun-filled week in the cool mountains at Pathfinder Ranch. Help make their camp experience possible by donating $630.00 to the Summer Camp Scholarship fund today.
Donate to Outdoor Education
Schools from all over Southern California dedicate time and resources to provide their students with the opportunity to explore the wonder of outdoor science in a way that is personal and impacting. Help aid schools in keeping these opportunities alive by supporting outdoor education. If you are aware of someone attending this program, gifts can be designated to specific schools and students.