Providing quality childcare for over 65 years
A hidden gem in Jacksonville
Covered in beautiful ancient live oak trees and bordering the ecologically-sensitive Silversmith Creek, Happy Acres Ranch sits on 10 beautiful wooded acres in the Holiday Hill – Glynlea neighborhood in the Southside area of Jacksonville. Our property and buildings create a relaxed, country atmosphere that is centrally located in the heart of the urban area we serve.
Farm & Forest School
We offer an active and developmentally appropriate outdoor program for children ages 2 years old - 5 years old.Find out more
Playschool, Preschool & Kindergarten
Our playschool, preschool and kindergarten programs are Montessori and Waldorf inspired. Both are part of our Farm and Forest School.Find out more
Happy Acres Ranch happily offers Farm Club from 3:00 - 6:00. Children assist in daily chores which include feeding, cleaning, and general wellbeing of our animals.Find out more
Seasonal Camps at Happy Acres Ranch offer your child a unique opportunity to experience a resident camp experience without leaving the city.Find out more
Event Space Rentals
Happy Acres Ranch can be used for a variety of occasions. In the past we have hosted school field trips, weddings, family reunions, and more! At Happy Acres Ranch, we are proud to offer our unique space for whatever event you may have.
History and Accreditation
Happy Acres Ranch was founded by Marion Scarborough in 1953. The property consists of 10 acres extending from Crane Ave. to Silversmith Creek. The camp has been accredited by the American Camp Association since 1966.
Playgrounds and fields spanning
preschool-only outdoor play areas
Over 50 days of
The Summer Camp program is divided into 10 different themed weeks. Each week has daily special events and new activities. All campers are eligible to take a lesson in any one (or all!) of our program areas.