• Mission

    Candlelight Ranch is a 501(c)(3) who provides a unique outdoor environment for special needs and at-risk youth through community partnerships.
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  • Donate

    You can help! Making a donation through our secure server is fast and easy!
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  • Volunteer

    Candlelight Ranch relies on a large and committed volunteer base to keep the ranch beautiful and serve children with Special Needs.
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Help Us Grow!

Candlelight Ranch, a one-of-a-kind nonprofit offering special needs and at-risk youth a safe place to learn, play, and embrace the wonders of nature, seeks an Executive Director.

Established in 2001, Candlelight Ranch provides a hill country escape for many other Central Texas non-profits, community organizations, and schools to deliver customized programs that support their respective missions. This includes a series of outdoor programs – zip lines, equine therapy, low ropes and canyon crawls, nature exploration, hiking, camping and gardening – to help campers aged 6-18 years overcome emotional, behavioral and physical challenges. Almost all of the ranch facilities are wheelchair accessible, including one of the largest wheelchair accessible treehouses in the United States.

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Unique Experiences for Children

Get in touch with nature and the outdoors through Hiking, Equine Programs, Nature Education, Zip Lines, Canyon Crawls and More. Visit the Programs page to learn more!!



Candlelight Ranch depends upon donations from the public to continue its work. You can help! We accept donations through the mail, over the phone and online through our secure third-party server.


Roll Up Your Sleeves

We welcome volunteers to share their time and expertise with us and the children we serve. If you have a specific interest or area of expertise please let us know. See our Volunteer page for help opportunities such as yoga, music, hiking and more.


Fire Ring

Fire safe ring for cookouts and bonfires with bench seating. Great for smores, hot dogs, or just warming up on chilly night!


Reese's Treehouse

One of the largest wheelchair accessible treehouses in the country. Boasts 500 square feet of play space for everyone to enjoy. Ability to sleep 7 in bunk bends makes for a fun night.



Equine Programs gives students an opportunity to practice the social skills they are learning in the classroom in an environment where they get immediate feedback from peers, horses, and facilitators.

Programs at Candlelight Ranch

  • Challenge Course 3 Zip Lines and Carolyn’s Canyon Crawl
  • Therapeutic Equine Activities
  • Natural science, botany, and wildlife lessons
  • Hiking and exploring the natural world
  • Art
  • Music
  • Yoga and movement sessions