Lema Ranch, where the Foundation headquarters is located, was purchased by Leah McConnell in the 1990s as investment property. When it was time to create a permanent home for the Foundation, Lema Ranch, with its sprawling natural setting, seemed a good fit. The planning of the landscaping and building, renovation of the ponds, and creation of the walking trails took place between 1992 and August of 1997. The grand opening was held Labor Day weekend, 1997. Originally a working mule ranch belonging to Chuck & Peggy Lema in the nineteen-fifties, the property’s 200 acres included four man-made ponds, which were restored and improved when the headquarters was developed. The HQ building is roughly 25,000 square feet, with space for Foundation staff to do their work, and meeting space that is shared with the public for meetings, trainings, and board retreats. The public also has the opportunity to enjoy the space daily by walking and running the trails.