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Schweiger Ranch

In the 1860's three brothers emigrated from Austria and found themselves settling near what is now I-25 and RidgeGate Parkway. Over 100 years John, Joseph and Jacob Schweiger, with help from their descendants, cultivated the ranch to 4,000 acres. Over time, the ranch structures fell into disrepair. In 2004, Douglas County granted historic landmark status to the ranch which paved the way for the formation of Schweiger Ranch Foundation (a 501(c)3) and allowed the Foundation to seek grants from the Colorado State Historical Fund to restore and preserve the buildings. Now that the restoration work is completed, the Foundation has begun implementing the overall mission and vision of educational programs, community programs and will need to continue maintenance of the structures and care for the animals. So, how can you help? Schweiger Ranch Foundation is raising funds year round for educational programs, maintain the restored structures and care for the animals. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS. Thank you for for your help preserving an important piece of Douglas County history!

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School Education Programs

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children (4-12 years)

Description

Provides funds for programming specifically for school field trips to the ranch.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Historic Tours

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)

Description

The ranch is open for self guided tours but larger organized tours can be arranged. There are three large tours scheduled every summer for Lone Tree and Douglas County residents as well as tours for youth groups, senior groups, clubs, etc.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Consistent interest and attendance at our tours of 30 people at each tour. Over 900 visitors to the ranch in 2016.

Special Community Events

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Schweiger Ranch hosts the annual Lone Tree Fall Festival in partnership with the City of Lone Tree. It will also host its first annual Austrian Christmas event in 2017. In Austria, the harvest is an important time of year as is the Christmas holiday. Each of these events are open and free to the public and allow attendees to learn about the history of the ranch as well as the Austrian culture.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Fall Festival has drawn over 1,000 visitors to the ranch every year since 2012.

Campfire Series

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Fun way to learn about the history of the ranch, ranching life, western history through stories and performances by the campfire. S'mores included.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Registration for these are limited to 20 people to allow for a small intimate gathering. The campfires have ranged from 8 to 20 people.

Animal Husbandry

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

This is a general program for the animals, or future animals, at the ranch. Right now there are chickens and a peacock. The animals help achieve the vision and mission of the ranch by educating the public on the animals that could be found at the ranch in the late 1800's and early 1900's and the care each animals needs.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have had up to 22 chickens, 2 turkeys and a peacock. There is no real discernible way to gather the success of this program other than the enjoyment by the public and the eggs the chickens lay.

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