Having a baby taught you that you’re not only human, but also animal.
Lead your cubs to similar discovery.
Perched just above Muir Beach, the Slide Ranch nonprofit teaching farm is home to an organic garden and flocks of gentle goats, sheep, and chickens. Pause to harvest fragrant herbs, milk goats, and feed fowl.
On low-tide days, clamber down to Split Rock to peer at anemones, crabs, and sea stars. (The hands-on can make mud pies and sample seaweed.) When surf and sun are done, retreat to the ocean overlook for nature-inspired crafts, stories, and face painting.
The ranch welcomes human broods during spring and fall weekends for farm days, toddler days, and campouts. Older pups dive into day camps and school programs. All take away a fresh appreciation for healthy food and the great outdoors.
Not to mention the animals that people it.
Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach (415-381-6155 or slideranch.org). Spring fundraiser (organic food, live bluegrass, sheep shearing, bread- and butter-making) Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Earth Day Extravaganza
What: Create an Earth Day journal or natural collagraph print and pester elected officials with handmade art cards.
Why: It’s make believe.
When: Tues., 1-5 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Center for the Book, 300 De Haro St., b/t 16th & 17th Sts. (415-565-0545).
What: BPA-free bottles and pacifiers, strollometers, and lead-free toys help your tot thrive.
Why: Earth Day made easy.
When: Now. Use code EARTH at checkout for 15 percent off thru Apr. 30.
Where: Online at generationorange.com.
What: Monthly family dance-in with free lessons and DJ for would-be Astaires of all ages.
Why: Kick it up.
When: The last Sat. of each month, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., b/t 17th & 18th Sts. Info at 510-290-8014.