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Forest Home Farms Historic Park is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Saturdays feature free family activities from 11am to 2pm. Take a tour of the restored Victorian Glass House Museum on Saturday at 1pm for a fee of $5 per person payable by credit card only. Children ages 3 and under are free.

SATURDAY FREE FAMILY PROGRAMS - 11am to 2pm

September 30 – Candle Making
These days, candles are for special occasions. In the 1800’s candles served as the only source of light after dark! Children would make candles to help their families by collecting and melting wax from beehives. Learn the process of candle making and make your own candle to take home.

October 7 – Pumpkins & Gourds
It’s Fall! Practice your pumpkin carving skills and decorate a mini-pumpkin to take home.

October 14 – Oktoberfest
Sponsored by the San Ramon Historic Foundation. Visit www.srhf.org for tickets.

October 21 – Vintage Vehicles
The 1900’s brought a change from animal power to gasoline power. Trace the changes in automobiles and engines from the early days through the 1950’s as you view hit and miss engines and classic cars.
Several car clubs will have vintage cars on display and there will be tractor rides.

October 28 – Trick or Treat at the Farm
Come in your Halloween costume for a Trick or treat adventure. Travel around the farm to different stations for activities and treats to take home!

November 4 – Beautiful Kernels of Corn
Come see the rainbow of colors in Indian corn. First we will shuck and shell it and them make a corn mosaic to take home!

November 11 – Soap Making
Learn the art of soap making using natural ingredients and fall scents to make your own soap to take home.

November 18 – Jam & Bread
Before there were grocery stores people had to make their own staples at home and preserve them through canning. Learn about the canning process, taste some of the jam varieties that Ruth Boone
made, make your own butter and bread to take home and bake.

November 25 – Closed for Thanksgiving

December 2 – Holiday Wreath Making
Make your own hand-crafted wreath to decorate for the holidays. Savor the scent of fresh greenery we will gather and use from around the Farm.

December 9 – Holiday on the Farm
11:00am - 3:00pm

Enjoy an old fashioned holiday gathering at Forest Home Farm Historic Park. Have a traditional holiday family experience including visits with our Victorian Santa and his reindeer, old fashioned ornament
making, a puppet show, holiday entertainment and refreshments.

December 16 – Victorian Christmas Cards
Learn about the history of Christmas cards and see samples of Victorian era cards. Make your own to take home.

Closed December 17, 2017-January 9, 2018

school Field trips

GLASS HOUSE MUSEUMField trips can be booked Tuesday thru Friday
Call (925) 973-3284 to reserve your tour

Farm Life: This program for 3rd graders runs 3 hours and includes a tour of the property and Tractor Museum. Students also participate in 3 activity stations. One is “Grandma’s trunk and Grandpa’s Tool Box.” Here they get to see items that were used on the farm in the early 1900’s and try their hand at juicing, darning, drilling, and corn planting. Another station is “Canning and Food Preservation.” Children learn about the significance of canning during the Depression at Forest Home Farms. They get some fruit ready for canning and design their own label. The third station is the organic garden where students discover where their food comes from as they turn compost, explore the plantings, discover the role of bees in the garden, and taste fresh vegetables.

Victorian Life: The Glass House Museum is a restored 1877 Victorian Italianate style home located at Forest Home Farms Historic Park in San Ramon. The Victorian Life Education Program is designed for grades 2-5 and corresponds with the State of California History/Social Science curriculum. It is 1 1/2 hours and can be done on the same day as the Farm Life Program. The field trip includes a tour of the home and age appropriate hands-on activities conducted by trained, costumed docents. The focus of the program is to help the student develop a better understanding of daily life in a Victorian era farm house from the mid to late 1800’s through 1910 in the San Ramon Valley. Field trips are scheduled Tuesday-Friday and are available on a first come, first served, space available basis.

Group Programs----perfect for scouts and Birthday Parties

Fun with Farm Animals
For children’s groups of 10 or more, ages 5 and up. We have chickens and sheep! Learn what animals eat, how they are cleaned, sheep-herding, and more! We work with scout groups to fulfill badge requirements.

Dig in and Grow
For children’s groups of 10 or more, ages 5 and up. Come have an adventure in our organic garden! Learn about the principles of organic gardening, composting, recycling and the role of bees in the garden. This tour will include garden chores and fresh vegetable tastings, when available.

Preschool Fun at the Farm
For preschool groups of 10 or more, ages 3-5 and their chaperones. Come see the sheep, chickens, garden, tractors, and more! We’ll enjoy some hands-on activities and a craft. There’s lots of fun waiting for you at the farm!

Glass House Museum Victorian Life
For groups of 10 or more, ages 5-up. The program includes a tour of the home and age appropriate hands-on activities conducted by trained, costumed docents. Children will develop a better understanding of daily life in a Victorian era farm house from the mid to late 1800’s through 1910 in the San Ramon Valley.

All tours are $5 per participant, 45 minutes to one hour in length and include hand-on activities. Call (925) 973-3284 to reserve a group tour

Support Forest Home Farms Historic Park

The San Ramon Historic Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that raises funds for historic preservation.  Here is a link to their website.  www.srhf.org

Volunteer at Forest Home Farms and the Glass House Museum

Benefits of Volunteering at Forest Home Farms Historic Park

  • Meet others who share your interests in history, education and the San Ramon Valley
  • Work at San Ramon's only historic site-on the register of National Historic Places
  • Be of valuable service to the community, families and children
  • Assist with preserving our local heritage
  • Volunteer get-together's including parties and field trips
  • Have fun at the farm!

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Photo Courtesy of Jeff Klein