What We Teach

At the Dome Ranch, we teach daily living skills, employment development, healthy lifestyle skills/self care, and leadership skills—communication, social support building, coping skills, relaxation, self esteem development, advocacy, responsibility, respect, trustworthiness, compassion and good character among others. The programs utilize animal interaction & care, nature, arts/crafts, gardening and cooking to teach these skills.

Contact us for more information on programs for children, youth and adults.

Our Programming:

1. Develops daily living skills:

  • Household Tasks: Animal care translates to personal/family care
  • Financial Management: Money management skills for cooking, animal care, etc.
  • Parenting: Caring for the needs of animals translates to basic parenting skills

2. Fosters healthy lifestyle skills/self care:

  • Increasing activity levels with nature activities
  • Improving healthy food consumption by learning about garden foods and how to cook with them and preserve them.
  • Animal care requirements of food, water, medicines, shelter, grooming and love/affection translate to personal self-care.
  • Learning appropriate food choices for animals and also for yourself.
  • Learning to read medicine instructions and dosage amounts for animals provides insight for self care and parenting.
  • Providing love to animals increases self esteem, compassion and relationship skills.

3. Increases leadership skills:

  • Communication with animals is a great first step to advanced communication building and trust.
  • Relationships/friendships with the animals help with finding purpose and a sense of calm
  • Self esteem skill development—feeling good about the bonds you create with nature and animals
  • Advocacy skill development starts with making decisions about the needs and care of animals, cooking projects, gardening choices, etc.

4. Promotes leisure and social skills and increases happiness.


Our Values

"We believe everyone needs someone to believe in them and love them unconditionally. We all can learn lifelong skills from nature. The animals at the Dome Ranch offer a safe learning experience. Even children are not intimidated by our animals and feel comfortable hugging, grooming, and feeding them treats. Our staff and animals are dedicated to making lives happier, more hopeful and successful." In addition to spending time with the animals, visitors at the Dome Ranch have the opportunity to create a nature craft, cook/sample great garden recipes, and enjoy a beautiful nature walk.

Currently the animals at the Dome Ranch include small sheep, miniature horses, many varieties of small goats, a Great Pyrenees dog, kittens, cute bantam chickens, cuddly bunnies, pheasants, peacocks, quails, ducks, Sebastopol geese, a Juliana/Potbelly pig, and a darling hedgehog. Coming this spring are sugar gliders and chinchillas!

We partner with the Diversity Leadership Institute

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