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.


Here are some of our current fundraising campaigns


To donate to a specific campaign, please use the “Donate Now” button above. To register for the Creepy Crepuscular Crawl (Virtual Race), please register on UltraCamp here.

General Contributions

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.

2020 Creepy Crepuscular Crawl

Are you looking for a way to celebrate Halloween this year? Do you enjoy being active? Would you like to learn more about local nighttime animals? Why not participate in Pathfinder Ranch’s Creepy Crepuscular Crawl! Compete in this virtual event by selecting a distance to run, walk, hike wheel, or cycle and submitting your time! Participants will also be able to participate in our costume/selfie contest and will receive a digital bib, medal and PDF instructions to facilitate their very own Night Hike!  Registration is a minimum donation $15 and is open now and will remain open through October. Learn more or register now!

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.

Flood repair


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.

See news coverage here.


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.

Tree Planting Campaign

The gift of a tree is a gift of wonder. Recognize someone important and beautify the landscape by donating to this campaign. To view available trees click the link below or contact us with questions at 951-659-2455 and info@pathfinderranch.com.

View Available Trees