Our Mission is to steward and share Shield Ranch in ways that educate, inspire and transform.


To achieve this mission we:

  • Restore the land through the practice of land stewardship
  • Protect the land and its resources through advocacy and engagement in regional issues
  • Facilitate research and education
  • Offer a diverse array of educational programs and nature immersion experiences
  • Practice sustainable agriculture and providing healthy food to neighbors and local markets

Our Values


We are deeply committed to the preservation of the natural world, and to the protection of the lands and waters on which all life depends. We are acutely aware that our actions today impact future generations who will inherit the natural world we leave behind. We seek to manage the land in a manner that provides clean water and air, open space, and wildlife habitat in an urbanizing region.


We know from experience that places of natural beauty awaken our relationship with ourselves, with the land, and with the mystery of spirit. Four generations of our family have experienced the ranch as a sacred space and a refuge, and we desire to share our experience of this place with others.


We are deeply rooted and connected to the natural and human communities to which we belong. We listen closely to the land, and we rely on the knowledge and expertise of others. We are committed to deepening and broadening our collaboration with a diverse array of partners.