Hidden Villa will be closed to the public from June 3 through August 3 for the safety of our camp community.

Hidden Villa and the surrounding area are on the ancestral land of the Tamien Nation, the Ramaytush Ohlone and the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. They have and will always be a part of this land.


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Hidden Villa is celebrating its centennial and marking 100 years of nurturing hearts, nourishing minds, and fostering friendships.

Since 1924, the 1,600-acre outdoor refuge at the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains has been committed to advancing programs centered on food, nature, and outdoor education.

A series of special centennial activities and events will be held throughout the year including a farm-to-table feast, a peony planting and so much more!

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Hidden Villa is a non-profit 501(c)3 with an annual budget of approximately $5 million. We rely on generous investments from individual donors as well as corporations and foundations. Hidden Villa does not receive government support.

As we mark 100 years of service to our community, Hidden Villa recognizes the need for significant upgrades to some of our historic buildings as well as ongoing investment in our programs. If you are interested in making a donation to capital or programmatic needs, please do so here or contact Executive Director Elliott Wright, [email protected], (650) 949-8654.

Centennial Celebration

Attend our farm-to-table feast on September 28, 2024, featuring a keynote address from esteemed writer and scientist Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D., author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. The event will include a garden reception and a dinner prepared by acclaimed restaurateur Jesse Z. Cool in collaboration with Outstanding in the Field and the Hidden Villa farm team, with music, dancing, and special activities for children.

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Hidden Villa Archives

Frank and Josephine Duveneck purchased Hidden Villa in 1924. They preserved the surrounding wilderness, managed the farm as a daily ranch, and made the home a hub of social activism. The Duveneck family sheltered refugees fleeing from the Nazis, assisted Japanese American families returning from internment camps, and established the first racially integrated residential summer camp in the country in 1945. Explore Hidden Villa’s rich history in the archives.

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Centennial Merchandise

Wear your love for Hidden Villa and support a great mission.

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Share Your Hidden Villa Story

Tell us your story at Hidden Villa — from the life-shaping to the everyday.

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We purchased the land because we fell in love with it, and it has been our policy ever since to preserve and cherish its pristine beauty for other lovers of nature now and in future generations.

– Josephine Duveneck