Torino Ranch Grounds

Torino Ranch Grounds

The vision of the Brett Torino Foundation, in addition to sharing the magic of nature, is first and foremost to preserve it. “The earth inspires me,” says Brett. “I used to think tree huggers were extremists, but as I got older, I realized they were right on point. We can’t lose touch with nature. It’s what keeps us humble. Mother Nature is under siege, and someone has to be willing not only to sound the alarm, but actively be part of the solution.”

Torino Ranch trees
Torino Ranch trees

The Trees

Brett spent many years planning for the irrigation and planting of a profusion of trees, flowers, and other flora not only to complement the camp activities, but to develop an ecosystem. The trees are home to a plentitude of birds, butterflies, and bees, which pollinate the many fruit trees. Some key species you will find include:

  • Redwoods
  • Purple and white locust trees
  • Poplars
  • Blue Spruce
  • Birch
  • Cedars
  • Lilac Trees
  • Grape vines
  • Organic Fruit Trees such as apple, apricot, peach, plum and Japanese Asian Pear

Flowers

All of the flowers on the Ranch are perennials so they are perpetually blooming. The colors and fragrances of hundreds of lilac bushes, roses, white peonies, honeysuckle, wisteria, ranuculus and countless other varieties delight the senses and provide food to the many pollinators who make the ranch their home.

Torino Ranch greenhouse

The Greenhouse

Inside the custom-built Greenhouse, Foundation staff and caretakers cultivate and maintain beds of organic produce including lettuce, kale, peppers, tomatoes, beets, radishes, strawberries, blackberries, and herbs.

“Growing the food you eat is a spiritual undertaking that nourishes the soul,” says Brett. “Over time we’ve developed a system so nothing goes to waste.”

The Lakes and Waterfalls

The Lakes and Waterfalls

As a Buddhist, Brett is deeply aligned with the cleansing and healing properties of water and has developed Torino Ranch to provide the campers with the rare chance to immerse themselves in pristine Toiyabe National Forest water.

“The lakes are an important part of the healing and enchanting environment at Torino Ranch. We wanted to create a ‘day at the beach’ experience where the kids could swim and go canoeing. We built a sandy beach around the lake and an island where the frogs live. We regularly test the water for purity for the immunocompromised children. Camps staff multiple lifeguards to ensure the safety of the children.”

Humans are not the only ones to enjoy the lakes at the Ranch. “Sometimes at dusk the deer and elk come down from the mountains to drink”, recalls Brett. “It is especially magical to get in a little boat and sit quietly out on the lake and watch the wildlife enjoying the bounty of the Ranch.”

Torino Ranch water wall lit up at night
Water wall lit up at dusk

The Ampitheater

The Ampitheater

No camp is complete without a place to celebrate. Torino Ranch’s outdoor amphitheater is where the kids come together to sing, dance, act, and put on skits. Entertainers from town also come to perform for the children. The timeless design of the amphitheater includes a fabricated abstract metal sculpture that resembles tall blades of grass blowing in the wind. Giant tulip-shaped fabric canopies provide shade and add to the ambiance.

Torino Ranch cabins

The Cabins

The design, building, and landscaping of the cabins with metal roofs in June 2001 was a collaborative effort between the Brett Torino Foundation and Sunshine Nevada, a nonprofit that helps critically ill, special needs, and at-risk children. Great friendships are formed at camp, and the kids love sleeping in the cabins that each have ten bunk beds.

Restrooms and comfort stations were also built for the counselors, campers, and guests. A full-service medical shed, complete with supplies and medical staff ensures the safety of the children who attend summer camps. Torino Ranch is equipped to handle everything from bug bites to dehydration or serious complications due to pre-existing illness.

The Lodge

The Lodge

The lodge is Mission Control where all administrative activities, including registration and coordination of staff takes place and compliance reports are generated. There is an industrial kitchen that consists of a walk-in cooler, sinks, stoves, utensils, and outdoor grills. At the kids’ camps, a dedicated army of volunteer chefs and assistants can serve up to 900 gourmet quality meals a day, including any special dietary requirements, to the kids, their siblings, counselors, staff, and volunteers.

Torino Ranch swimming pool scuba lesson

The Swimming Pool

In the newly-renovated swimming pool, kids who are too sick or too small to swim in the lake get the chance to experience the freedom of lapping around in cool water. Licensed aquatics instructors can also provide a therapeutic scuba diving program for camp attendees.

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🌟 Spotlight Alert! 🌟 Meet Abby, our February shining star! 🌟
 
Abby is the epitome of resilience and talent. 🎭 She recently received the prestigious BTF Scholarship through her dedication and hard work with Nevada Childhood Cancer. 🎗️ But that's just the beginning of her incredible journey!
 
Abby's love for the performing arts knows no bounds, and her performances are truly enchanting. 🎶 Her infectious smile and genuine warmth illuminate every room she enters. 💖
 
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Tag someone you love and who shares your passion for giving back. Let's spread love, kindness, and generosity together! ❤️ #ValentinesDay #SpreadLove #GiveBack
A February Moment with the Founder
🌟 Exciting News! 🌟
Join us at Camp Cartwheel, a magical summer camp experience for children battling cancer! 🎗️ Happening June 19-22 at Torino Ranch, this is a chance for these brave kids to laugh, play, and create unforgettable memories.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! 📝 For children and volunteers - Deadline for applications is March 22nd.

Together with Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (@nvccf), we're committed to bringing joy and hope. Let's make this summer one to remember! ☀️ Apply now at the NVCCF website. #CampCartwheel #ChildhoodCancerAwareness #SummerCamp2024 🏕️
🌟 We're thrilled to welcome Jessica "Jess" Anderson to the @nvccf team leading the Brett Torino Foundation Educational Services program. With a heart full of passion and dedication, she joins us ready to make a difference in the lives of our incredible children.  Jess has been a CCSD department head and teacher for five years and was recently honored as Teacher of the Year at her school. She has also volunteered at Camp Cartwheel for 12 years hosted at Torino Ranch. Let's give Jessica a warm welcome as we embark on this journey of success in education for our little superheroes! Together, we'll continue spreading hope, joy, and knowledge.🎗️ #Welcome #NewBeginnings #MakingADifference
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Today is #NationalTriviaDay and in honor of Moises "Bee Whisperer" at Torino Ranch - Do you know? 
Q: How do bees make honey? 🐝
A: Honey starts as flower nectar collected by bees, which gets broken down into simple sugars stored inside the honeycomb.
A December Moment with the Founder
🌟✨ Gratitude in Our Hearts, Joy in Our Souls! 🌟✨

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Brett Torino Foundation!
"🐝🍯 Buzzing with excitement at our ranch! 🌼🌱 Join us on our sweet journey as we show you how we ethically harvest our golden nectar from our happy hive. 🏞️🍃

But there's so much more to our story. Not only do we nurture the land to grow fruits and vegetables sustainably, but we also host camps for critically ill and special needs children, creating moments of joy and connection. 🌈👫🌻

Our bees are an essential part of this ecosystem, pollinating our crops and giving us their precious gift of honey. 🍯🐝

Watch as our dedicated beekeeper checks the hives, explains the art of knowing when it's time to harvest, and shares fascinating bee facts. It's not just about honey; it's about creating a harmonious balance in our ranch.

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