The Campsite at Shield Ranch

The Campsite at Shield Ranch will feature artfully designed and sustainably built new facilities. An open-air pavilion, screened shelters, and miles of hiking trails will provide a unique offering just 18 miles from downtown Austin for El Ranchito summer camp and year-round nature-immersion programming for the community. The Campsite at Shield Ranch will welcome people of all ages in 2022.

Open Air Pavilion

Seating 120 people, the upper level of the centrally located pavilion will include a large gathering space for dining and programs, a commercial kitchen, restrooms, a small office and infirmary. Large openings and fans will cool the pavilion in the summer months, while sliding wall panels, a fireplace and a wood-burning stove allow for use of the facility during cooler weather. The ground level will include an inclement weather room, reservoirs for rainwater and storage space for camp supplies.

Sleeping Shelters

Eleven screened shelters, carefully sited and shaded by a canopy of oaks and juniper, will provide protection from insects and the elements. These shelters will be cooler and more durable than tents, open to the breezes, the dawn chorus of birds and the calls of tree frogs and owls at night. Moveable panels can be closed during storms or cooler weather for added protection. The shelters will sleep 78 people on cots and be furnished simply with storage units for camper gear.

The Abiding Campaign for the Campsite at Shield Ranch is a comprehensive campaign that will include funds for the construction of innovative and sustainable facilities, new and ongoing programming for all ages, organizational capacity building and a facility maintenance fund. The Shield-Ayres family has an abiding love for Shield Ranch and a vision for its future. They simply cannot do this alone. Please join us!

If you are interested in making a pledge over two to three years, please contact or call 512.476.4816.

Click Here to see a list of the current supporters to the Abiding Campaign.

Sustainably built in an ecologically diverse sanctuary, the Campsite at Shield Ranch embodies our commitment to conservation.

Project Design Team

Project Architects:

Andersson / Wise

Landscape Architects:

Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

General Contractor:

Hill & Wilkinson

Landscape Sustainability & SITES Consultant:

Regenerative Environmental Design

All firms are local to Austin.

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