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To provide Cal Poly students, faculty, staff and the public with a unique interdisciplinary environment in which to foster the Learn by Doing philosophy by providing educational experiences on a working ranch, supporting diversified agriculture and forest resources while maintaining the integrity of ranch operations.

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The experience and opportunities that Swanton provides me as a student is simply remarkable. I believe the ranch plays a vital role in fulfilling the Learn by Doing philosophy of Cal Poly.

Giving to Swanton Pacific Ranch

Your generosity can help sponsor the growth and improvement of Swanton Pacific Ranch and the programs it offers students.

In partnering with those who embrace the vision of Swanton Pacific Ranch, together we can reach our goals: goals to increase student learning and optimize the educational potential of the ranch, all the while, maintaining the foundation of sustainable land management practices that will ensure Cal Poly's "living laboratory" is available for generations to come.

The Student Experience:

  • Live and learn on a working ranch
  • Develop career skills
  • Exposure to current technology
  • Work on diverse research projects

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Our Mission
To provide Cal Poly students, faculty, staff and the public with a unique interdisciplinary environment in which to live and learn, to foster the Learn by Doing philosophy by providing learning experiences on a working ranch with diversified agriculture and forest resources while maintaining the integrity of the ranch.