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To me, Hidden Villa is synonymous with youth, summer and farm animals. When I was a kid we used to come and watch the pigs, goats and sheep and wander through the garden. Close to the hustle and bustle of the bay area, Hidden Villa also feels as though it is worlds away.

Founded by The Duvenecks, (who also started the private progressive K-8 Peninsula School), Hidden Villa has maintained its commitment to social justice through environmental education. During their lives, The Duvenecks helped refugees fleeing from the Nazis, Japanese-American families returning from internment camps, and hosted groups for social and educational reform. They also established the first Hostel on the Pacific Coast (1937) and the first multiracial summer camp (1945).

Hidden Villa has limited hours during the summer (due to kids camps), but with ample hiking routes and farm animals to hang out with it is a pleasant place to visit year-round.

 

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