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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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Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch Day

September 22, 10-3:30, join us for a day of walking tours and demonstrations highlighting Swanton Pacific Ranch. 

An open house event for Cal Poly alumni, community members, neighbors, and friends of Cal Poly and Swanton Pacific Ranch.

Experience the unique qualities of Swanton Pacific Ranch, Cal Poly’s living laboratory - its natural beauty, ecological diversity, integrated and sustainable land management practices, educational programs and research-based restoration projects.Tickets now available by clicking here. For more information on any of these events, contact Grey Hayes, (831) 227-7163.

Music throughout the day will be provided by Fiddle Road. Fiddle Road is an acoustic string band made up of sisters Karen and Linda, Linda's husband Dennis and "cousin Andy".   They play a colorful blend of Celtic, Bluegrass, Cajun, Swing and Ol'Timey songs, expressed joyfully through guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, upright bass and baritone ukulele.


2018 Scotts Creek Watershed Research Symposium

September 11, 2018           8:30 - 4:30       Little Creek House 305 Swanton Road

This cross-disciplinary symposium will welcome students, faculty, and professionals from entities who have participated in scholarly research and who promote educational opportunities within the Scotts Creek watershed.

The symposium is designed to highlight the scientific work occurring within the Scotts Creek watershed and to foster cross-disciplinary dialogue to reflect on the significance of research findings as well as priorities for future research and collaboration.

For a detailed agenda, click here. Note, lunch will not be provided, so bring your own lunch! Space is limited, re-registration required, click here. If registration fills, you may want to sign up on the wait list by clicking here. For more information, contact Education and Research Coordinator Grey Hayes, (831) 227-7163.


Volunteer Opportunities

Swanton Pacific Ranch staff welcome Cal Poly students and faculty to help with various ranch operations a few times a year. Typically, Swanton Pacific Ranch provides transportation, housing, and meals. Please check back here from time to time, as new opportunities or additional details develop. For more information on any of these events, contact Education and Research Coordinator Grey Hayes, (831) 227-7163.

U-Pick Opens Labor Day Weekend!



Our Organic U-pick Apple Orchard will open labor day weekend

We look forward to seeing you!

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Our cattle are born and raised right out on Swanton Pacific Ranch pastures.

They feed on native grass dominated pastures and are part of a planned grazing practice. This enhances their environment, while producing a great product offering numerous health benefits to the consumer.

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Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Day
September 22, 10:00 - 3:30 pm
Tickets now available.

Scotts Creek Watershed Research Symposium
September 11, 2018
Registration now open.

Organic U-Pick Apple Orchard...
Opens Labor Day weekend.
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Volunteer Days posted for 2018- save the dates!


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