The Camarillo Ranch Foundation’s Mission Statement states, in part, “…to foster its place in the rich history of California; to transform it into a focal point of the community for education, enrichment, and enjoyment; and to exhibit our diverse history and culture.”

In line with our mission statement, the Foundation is proud to provide complimentary school tours to third grade students in Camarillo, and greater Ventura County.

To support School Tours, the Foundation has initiated the “Send a Child to the Ranch” program. This program awards grants that provide $350 toward round-trip school bus transportation to and from the Camarillo Ranch for qualified schools on a first-come-first-serve basis.

School Tour highlights include exploring the 6,000 square foot 1892 Queen Anne Victorian style Camarillo Ranch House and 1905 Mule Barn, learning about how Adolfo managed the 10,000 acre ranch, and discovering how life in Camarillo was over a century ago through educational activities, such as butter making, walnut cracking, roping cattle, planting lima beans and other interactive activities. Click here for more information about School Tours.

For over twelve years the Foundation’s two annual fundraisers, the Car Show & Brew Fest and the Holiday Gala, have helped fund this very important program. The money raised is allocated to the program for bus transportation, tour supplies, and educational work books, which are given to each visiting student. Volunteer School Tour Docents and Guides lead over 35 school tours per year for more than two-thousand children.

If you are interested in applying for a “Send a Child to the Ranch” grant, please fill out the form and attach your qualifying letter below. Read an overview of grant information below.


First Name
Last Name
School Name
Dates Requesting
Street Address Line 1
Street Address Line 2
ZIP/Postal Code
Number of Students
Number of Teachers
Number of Chaperones
Qualifying Letter
Please see the grant overview attachment link above for more information regarding the required letter.

Our Ranch Docents are central to the educational mission of the Camarillo Ranch Foundation.

Transportation Grant Program

Program Overview
The Camarillo Ranch Foundation offers a $350 transportation grant to help schools defray the cost of an educational field trip to the Camarillo Ranch. The school is responsible for arranging its own bus transportation. Approved grants will be paid by check, made payable to the school, upon the visit to the ranch.

Who Can Apply?
Any Ventura County Title 1 school serving grades K-6 may apply if a minimum of 45 percent of the student population qualifies for free or reduced-priced lunches through the National School Lunch Program.

Application Deadline, Notification, and Payment
Applications must be submitted online by an authorized teacher or school administrator. A letter from the school principal on school letterhead guaranteeing the above qualifications must accompany the application. Please be sure to indicate to how the check is to be written (school name and address). Notification of approved bus grant recipients will be emailed within 30 days.

Upon approval, the ranch office will contact the school to confirm a tour date. Tour dates must be confirmed no later than 30 days prior to the requested tour date.

There is no application deadline. Applications are reviewed on a “first-received, first –funded” basis until all available funds have been awarded.

The Camarillo Ranch Foundation will present the school representative with a check for $350 at the time of the tour visit.

If you have any questions, please contact Marissa Lopez, Associate Director, at the ranch office: 805.389.8182 or