Like Austin Parks Foundation we believe that access to the outdoors is a part of what makes communities thrive.
Located just 18 miles southwest of downtown Austin, we are a 6,800-acre family ranch established in 1938. Today, we are home to a mosaic of habitats, a diverse community of native plants and animals, and over six breathtaking miles of Barton Creek.
Through an evolving program of land management, unique nature immersion experiences, and conservation easements with The Nature Conservancy and the City of Austin, we are committed to preserving something exceptionally rare in our rapidly urbanizing community—a truly wild place.
We are actively raising funds to build an innovative and sustainable camp facility for El Ranchito Summer Camp. Upon completion, these facilities will also provide nature-based programming for people of all ages year-round.
If you’d like to learn more about The Campsite at Shield Ranch and our Abiding Campaign please contact us