Forest Home Farms Historic Park Events
SATURDAY FREE FAMILY PROGRAMS - 11am to 2pm
January 9 – Calling Cards
Learn about the history of calling cards, what they were for, different signs and meanings, and make your own calling card to take home.
January 16 – Winter Game Day
Come by the farm to play some old fashioned games inside the walnut barn. Learn about and play some games that were popular with children over 100 years ago.
January 23 - Chicken Tales
Meet the chickens that live on the farm, learn how they provided for pioneer families and how people are bringing farming to their home with backyard chickens. Make a chicken craft to take home.
January 30 - Groundhog Day: Is it Spring yet?
Explore Groundhog Day’s shadowy history as well as interesting facts about the custom. Make a Groundhog craft to take home.
February 6 – Got Milk?
Learn where milk comes from and see different machines that were used to process milk and what we make with it. Make your own butter which you can try at the farm and take home!
February 13 - Victorian Valentines
The legend of St. Valentine and the history of Valentine’s Day are shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance. Learn how the Victorian’s celebrated Valentine’s Day and make a Victorian Valentine to take home.
February 20 – The Founding Fathers
What are we celebrating on the holiday known as ‘Presidents Day’? Learn about the history of this national holiday, find out which building on the farm was constructed during the time of President
Lincoln and make a George Washington tricorn hat.
February 27 - Mystery Gadgets and Tools
Take a look at some of the most unusual items from the Forest Home Farms collection. Identify items from the past and guess what they were used for.
March 5 – Making Farm Work Easier - pulleys, levers and planes
Simple machines help us lift, pull or raise items. We all use machines every day, opening a door, turning on the water faucet, or opening a can of soda. Learn how these simple machines made farm work easier.
March 12 - Johnny Appleseed Day
There really was a Johnny Appleseed! Learn about this folk hero and pioneer apple farmer from the 1800’s. Peel some fresh apples and make a craft to take home.
March 19 – The Farm Horse
Meet our model horse, “Ramon” and learn about the real horses that used to live at the farm. See some of the equipment used with horses and experience how it feels to sit in a saddle.
April 2 - Butterflies and Bugs
Explore our organic garden in search of helpful insects and native butterflies. Make a butterfly to take home.
April 9 – Working Wool
Learn about the Forest Home Farms sheep, clean and card some of their wool and then use it to make your very own sheep to take home.
April 16 – Caring for Mother Earth
Explore the history of Earth Day, make a compostable pot and plant a flower seed in it to take home.
April 23,11:00am-3:00pm - Sheep Shearing Day
Presented by the San Ramon Historic Foundation
Celebrate spring and see the sheep get their annual haircuts. Watch demonstrations of blacksmithing, lace making, wood carving and quilting as well as sheep dog demonstrations. Preregister at srhf.org to receive discount admission. Admission at the gate: Adult - $7, Child (3-12) - $5, Under 2 – free.
April 30 - Packing for Pioneer Life
Pioneers traveling by covered wagon had to be very careful of their wagon’s weight. Learn what tools and provisions pioneers had to bring, try on some pioneer clothing and practice packing your own trunk.
School Field Trips
Field 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
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Photo Courtesy of Jeff Klein