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Fort Hope is a 501(C)3 non-profit recognized by the IRS, Tax ID#55-0861220. We rely on the generosity of donors, both personal and business. Our desire is that no child should have to pay to spend an amazing day at Fort Hope. We need your help in making this a reality. Here are some ways to donate:


  • Donate your time by volunteering to work with the kids, maintain the Fort, or use your talents in other ways. Many hands make light the work.
  • Donate your resources by donating authentic items or activities to help enhance the Fort experience.
  • Donate your finances to an amazing cause that touches the lives of many children. You can donate through the Paypal button below, or mail a check to: Fort Hope, Inc. P.O. Box 132, Arroyo Grande, CA 93421


There are many ways to get involved at Fort Hope. We have a lot of needs – it takes a lot of work to keep this place running! Here are just some of the few ways you can help out:

  • Mentoring kids
  • Being a docent
  • Construction
  • Fund raising
  • Sewing
  • Social media management
  • Maintenance
  • …And much more

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For more information, or for questions about donating to Fort Hope, please fill out the form below and we will respond as soon as possible. Please be patient as it may take a day or two since we are still not in the 21rst Century when it comes to technology.

Visit Fort Hope

Although Fort Hope is not open to the public, it is available by appointment only, to groups from an organization, ministry, camp, club or school, our summer Taco Camps are open to all. Sorry, no pets allowed.

After the drive through the beautiful countryside, the children arrive at Fort Hope. Visitors are immediately impressed by the oaks and the fishing pond. They are greeted by friendly docents who present them with a real straw cowboy hat, bandana, and a sheriff badge. They are divided into two or three groups and they begin their activities.

  • The activities they may do in a day include:
  • Fishing (catch and release)
  •  Milking a cow
  • Archery   (shooting at hay and 3-D targets)
  • Feeding and petting animals
  • Panning for gold (both fake and real)
  • Shooting BB guns  (shooting at paper target or tin cans)
  • Historical Crafts including: Corn Husk Dolls, Adobe bricks, Pottery, Rope, Candles, Butter

The kids have a break for lunch which is followed by Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream served from the ice cream parlor in the Fort Hope town, and then continue with their activities.

At the end of the day, the kids have some great souvenirs including things they’ve made themselves, and their own bag of gold, as well as memories to last a lifetime.


Nonprofits and educators have recognized Fort Hope’s unique learning atmosphere: Natural beauty, the spirit of the California history and its gold rush, the discovery of agricultural and local history, and an awesome learning environment that tantalizes the senses and creates memories that will last a lifetime.

Greater Impact: After a decade, the dream has expanded. On a separate property, the program will promote a Judeo-Christian work ethic to at risk youth through teaching biblical principles on a working farm. This program will engage young people in farming and ranching, animal care, camp cooking, archery ranges and much more.