Hidden Villa

Hidden Villa's mission is to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land and legacy. As part of Hidden Villa's commitment to social justice, we provide over $350,000 on scholarship and partnership support. Guiding Principles We deliver a wide variety of relevant educational experiences that teach respect for the environment and for each other. We encourage program participation from diverse communities. We engage diverse voices of the community in the design, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of programs and services. We build alliances, internally and externally, between people, programs, and diverse communities to optimize resources and deepen our impact. W...

Hidden Villa
26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
United States
(650) 949-9702
http://www.hiddenvilla.org

Executive Director

Chris Overington

Management Team

Nikki Bryant, Karen Chmielewski, Bill Dudley, Garth Harwood, Sandra Hutchings, Pliny Keep, Jason McKenney, Chris Overington, Maggie Shields, Marc Sidel, Blair Thompson Diny van der Velden

Board of Directors

Nikki Bryant, Karen Chmielewski, Bill Dudley, Garth Harwood, Sandra Hutchings, Pliny Keep, Jason McKenney, Chris Overington, Maggie Shields, Marc Sidel, Blair Thompson Diny van der Velden

Project Leaders

Suzanne Allcroft
Tenaya Schnare

Mission

Hidden Villa's mission is to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land and legacy. As part of Hidden Villa's commitment to social justice, we provide over $350,000 on scholarship and partnership support. Guiding Principles We deliver a wide variety of relevant educational experiences that teach respect for the environment and for each other. We encourage program participation from diverse communities. We engage diverse voices of the community in the design, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of programs and services. We build alliances, internally and externally, between people, programs, and diverse communities to optimize resources and deepen our impact. We care for and sustain the natural, human, and financial resources entrusted to us, as well as the living legacy inspired by the Duveneck family.

Programs

Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. Every year 30,000 people participate in one of our formal programs. An additional 20,000 visitors come to our preserve annually to explore our farm and gardens or to hike on our eight miles of trails. Our constituents cover a wide spectrum of age, physical ability, geography, ethnicity, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and our organic farm, rustic barns, newer sustainable structures and pristine riparian, woodland and chaparral wilderness provide opportunities to experience the beauty of our environment on a first hand basis. Hidden Villa provides a vibrant spectrum of hands-on learning opportunities for people of all ages. We provide scholarship support for our educational programs and donate 25% of our organic produce to our low-income neighbors to make sure our offerings are available to people of all different backgrounds. School Programs Hidden Villa Environmental Education Program: For Pre-K through 6th Grade Hidden Villa's Environmental Education Program, founded on the first Earth Day in 1970, is dedicated to inspiring a sense of wonder and discovery for the natural world, as well as exploring the vital inter-relationships that connect us to it. Our programs incorporate several elements of the California State Science Standards for each grade level. Teen Programs For 7th through 12th Grade Our Youth Development Mission: We inspire young leaders to become agents of change by encouraging self-respect and empathy, community engagement, stewardship, and a connection to the natural world. By means of: Instilling a sense of belonging, usefulness, competence, and empowerment Nurturing, continuous contact with skilled Youth Development professionals Intensive and active collaborative experiences Hands-on service projects teaching skills and values Using the natural world of farm and wilderness as a teacher that this resource will dramatically increase concept retention through applied learning that connects student experiences with their classroom lessons. Hands in the Soil = Hands-on Science Hidden Villa offers Hands in the Soil = Hands-on Science, a web resource for school gardeners in Redwood City. The Hands in the Soil = Hands-on Science website features an online scheduler allowing teachers to sign up for a variety services for their school gardens including irrigation expertise, composting, plants and teacher workshops with the goal of maximizing teacher time and available support in a centralized garden-based education resource. The website also provides access to garden-based and English language learner curriculum, funding opportunities as well as linkages to other school gardens in Redwood City. Off-Site Partnerships Taft Community School Hidden Villa's partnership in Redwood City with Taft Community School provides hands-on science enrichment, and garden-based nutrition and science education through both classroom and after school programming. Hidden Villa has maintained a strong presence in Redwood City for 6 years through which has included a great amount of collaboration and partnership with staff, schools administration, City of Redwood City, and supporting institutions. The Taft Community School Partnership has increased student achievement in the sciences and exposure to healthy nutritional practices. Taft Community School is now celebrating its sixth year of on-site partnership with Hidden Villa; Student enthusiasm for Science is increasing and standardized test scores are as well! Through this partnership a Hidden Villa teacher works at the school full-time, teaching science enrichment activities that match the 5th grade California State Science standards while using creative experiential techniques and incorporating exciting science labs and garden curriculum into the students' learning. The Hidden Villa teacher also works with the after-school program providing a "Garden Club" for all interested students; introducing them to natural cycles, healthy food choices, and how to care for organic vegetables. The Hidden Villa teacher provides "pre-teaching" opportunities for fifth grade after-school participants. By being introduced to the material that will be covered in their Science Enrichment class before other students, they are better prepared for the new material and are more able to actively engage in the lessons with enthusiasm. Hidden Villa Summer Camp Program Hidden Villa Summer Camp program mission: We develop young leaders who are committed to social and environmental justice and are equipped with a sense of awe for natural and human beauty, tools for non-violent multicultural community building, as well as the confidence to make positive change in our families, communities and world. Hidden Villa's campers and staff come from diverse social, economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and the essence of the Hidden Villa camp experience is the opportunity to explore, acknowledge and celebrate our similarities and differences. Our acceptance policy is structured to ensure diversity; our scholarship policy encourages attendance by campers whose economic status would otherwise preclude their participation in these programs. To promote a world of mutual understanding and respect, Hidden Villa Summer Camp (HVSC) creates an environment that is truly representative of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds providing an opportunity to explore, acknowledge and celebrate our similarities and differences. To this end, a robust scholarship pool must be cultivated to encourage attendance by campers whose economic status would otherwise preclude their participation. In 2010, HVSC Camp awarded a total of 249 scholarships, for a total of $158,545; 68 of these campers were residents of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. Over 1100 campers, ranging in age from six to seventeen years, attend Hidden Villa day camp and residential camp each summer. Hidden Villa offers its campers daily opportunities to learn about the organic farm, animals, and wilderness. Campers also actively participate in Hidden Villa's multicultural community. We foster daily conversations relating to age appropriate aspects of social and environmental justice, while enjoying exciting summer activities, such as swimming, arts and crafts, and games. Day Camps - Entering 1st to 4th grade Tipi Camp - Entering 4th and 5th grade Resident Camp - Entering 5th to 7th grade Farm and Wilderness Camp - Entering 8th to 10th grade Youth Leadership Camps - Entering 10th to 12th grade Community Programs Offered year-round, our Public Programs provide families, children and adults with opportunities to learn about the environment and other cultures through fun and engaging activities. Program opportunities include themed tours, hikes, lectures, hands-on workshops, classes, cultural events, music and dance performances, and community celebrations. Sustainable Agriculture Program Hidden Villa manages a small-scale, organic farm that teaches about and produces sustainable food. Our farming practices are driven by our agricultural mission to produce the best quality vegetables, fruits, meat, and eggs for local markets and to support Hidden Villa's educational programs by modeling sustainable, organic practices that minimize outside inputs, promote biodiversity, honor labor, value animal welfare, and respect the capacity and wildness of the land. The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) department at Hidden Villa supports the agricultural mission of Hidden Villa by providing our local community with access to exceptional produce while enriching our experiential program curriculum. The Healthy Food, Healthy Families program is a vital partnership that provides the clients of CSA of Mountain View with a variety of fresh, seasonal, local organic produce. Hidden Villa provides 25% of our produce to the CSA of Mountain View. Our produce comprises 10% of the total perishable food at the CSA of Mountain View and is a large contributor of all the vegetables received by the agency. Hidden Villa could provide over 4,200 diverse individuals with fresh, seasonal and organic produce twice weekly from May through November grown just 7 miles from the distribution site. In 2010, 100% of the clients served through this program were low income. Over 1,700 of these clients were children under the age of 18. If each client represents one family and each family represents three people, we can estimate that the CSA of Mountain View served and provided food for almost 150,000 mouths, or duplicated clients, last year. The Animal Husbandry Program at Hidden Villa works to pursue Hidden Villa's agricultural mission by: Providing a broad educational resource for all Hidden Villa program participants and for casual visitors. Demonstrating a sustainable means of animal agriculture, where animal welfare and land stewardship are paramount. Conserving heritage breeds of livestock to the extent feasible, considering breed availability and marketability Producing quality food and wool for local consumers. Volunteer Program With generosity and dedication Hidden Villa's volunteers teach, garden, farm, perform administrative tasks, serve on committees and on our Board of Trustees, donate, build, and help maintain everything from our property to our website. Every aspect of Hidden Villa's operations is supported by Volunteers. Internship Program As Hidden Villa's Mission is to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land, and legacy, we find that we can have a great impact on the future by helping educators, organizers, an

Statistics on Hidden Villa

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $2,634,894
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $2,854,440
  • Other funding sources: FY09 Sources of Revenue: 48% Program Revenue 29% Individual Contributions 18% Foundation Contributions 4% Corporate Contributions 1% Endowment Contributions
  • Religious Affiliation: None

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