Golden Rainbow Ranch in Brooksville

grr2Golden Rainbow Ranch is beautiful 10 acre farm in Brooksville and a non-profit organization offering an ideal country environment for hands-on farm and nature activities. Owners Ali and Dave Baylor taught for many years but when Dave was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2001 that returned after being surgically removed the couple moved to hoping a country environment would help Dave to heal, or at least live out his last year in a beautiful setting. After living at Golden Rainbow Ranch for some time, with David’s tumor shrinking and his symptoms abating, they decided to share the healing country environment with as many kids (and animals) as possible, opening the ranch up for families, youth groups, field trips, summer camps for autistic/special needs children, members of Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Runaway Alternatives Project, developmentally disabled adults, “Mom’s groups”, and anyone else who wants to visit.

Golden Rainbow Ranch offers 2-6 hour programs tailored to your specifications and guests are treated to a tour of the farm, watching the alpacas graze peacefully while sitting under a 300 year old oak tree, tractor pulled hay-rides, and creating nature oriented arts and crafts projects. Frolic in the pasture with the goats, the Anatolian Shepherd pups, and some adorable miniature poodles. Watch the antics of the chickens, goose and ducks. Feed the cows. Brush and feed Turnip, the miniature donkey. Enjoy the sounds of nature in an idyllic setting far from the stress of everyday life. Microscopes are available for viewing interesting natural artifacts, such as cow bones and teeth, pond water and its many one celled creatures, or the delicate fronds of a fern. There is a suggested donation per child that varies depending on which program you choose and adults are always free. The Ranch is located at 14412 Snow Memorial Highway, Brooksville, FL 34601. To schedule a visit or for additional information visit www.GoldenRainbowRanch.org or call (352) 799-5425.

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