~ est. 1953 ~ Farm & Forest School, Outdoor Camp, & Party Venue on 10 acres in the Holiday Hill - Glynlea Neighborhood in the Southside area of Jacksonville. LEARN MORE Happy Acres Ranch is a
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. 


Nature Trails




Horse Arena


Front Parking


Main Office


Farm Animals

Farm & Forest School

We offer an active and developmentally appropriate outdoor program for children ages 2 years old - 5 years old.
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Playschool, Preschool & Kindergarten

Our playschool, preschool and kindergarten programs are Montessori and Waldorf inspired. Both are part of our Farm and Forest School.
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Farm Club

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.
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Seasonal Camps

Seasonal Camps at Happy Acres Ranch offer your child a unique opportunity to experience a resident camp experience without leaving the city.
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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. 

About us

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.

4+ acres

Playgrounds and fields spanning

1.5 acres

preschool-only outdoor play areas
Themed Weeks

Over 50 days of
summer adventure!

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.


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