Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center
University of California
Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Elkus Barns


Who owns and oversees the operation of the ranch? Elkus Ranch is operated by the University of California Cooperative Extension Service. Mr and Mrs Richard J. Elkus donated the ranch to the University in 1975. Staff of the University are responsible for the day to day operations, programming and maintenance of the ranch.

What is located on the ranch? Sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, miniature donkeys, and horses all live at Elkus Ranch, along with an abundance of native plants and animals. Miles of hiking trails, two sleeping tents on platforms, two restored barns, gardens, a greenhouse and lathhouse surround the farm house.

How is the ranch funded? Approximately 8% of the ranch's operating funds come from the University. The balance of the budget is derived from program fees, donations, grants, and endowments.

How many adults and children visit the ranch annually? The ranch hosts approximately 9,000 visitors annually. The majority of our visitors come from schools and youth serving agencies throughout the Bay Area.

Is the ranch open to the general public? By special arrangements only.

Is there a Governing Board? Yes. The Board provides support and advice regarding the operation, planning, development, funding, and use of the ranch.

Are there volunteer opportunities? Yes, there are numerous volunteer opportunities available for interested people. All inquiries should be made to Leslie Jensen 650-712-3151.

What is the Ranch Center? The Ranch Center is a 4,400 square foot facility featuring a large main room, boardroom, and a commercial kitchen. The Center is handicapped accessible.  Also available for rental is our Ranch House, perfect for small groups.

What is the intended use of the Ranch Center? This facility is available for day conferences, off-site meetings, workshops and trainings.

For more information please contact Leslie Jensen at 650-712-3151.


Ranch (Physical Address and Information)

1500 Purisima Creek Road

Half Moon Bay, California 94019

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Email: elkusranch@ucanr.edu



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