Schweiger Ranch provides diverse recreational and educational opportunities to foster an understanding and enjoyment of the area's cultural and natural heritage through displays, demonstrations, interpretive programs and special events for the greater community.
Schweiger Ranch was established in 1874 by three brothers from Austria. Over many years the brothers grew their land holdings and the ranch was eventually sold to RidgeGate in 1972. In 2001, the master planned developer of RidgeGate saw a unique and special opportunity in Schweiger Ranch and began the process to preserve it as a cultural and educational facility for the region. Douglas County granted Schweiger Ranch historic landmark status in 2004 and in 2006, Schweiger Ranch Foundation was formed to oversee the restoration, preservation and bring the long term vision to life. In 2008 RidgeGate donated 38 acres to the Foundation and restoration work began.