School Field Trips
Travel back in time with your class to explore local history. Forest Home Farms Historic Park offers two field trip programs for school groups plus two home school days each year.
Farm Days: 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.
A Victorian Life: This program for grades 2-5 runs 1.5 hours and takes students back to explore the daily life of a Victorian era (late 1800’s through 1900) farmhouse in the San Ramon Valley. Costumed docents take students through the Glass House Museum to see an example of what the interior of a home of that time would look like and to discover how people kept food cold without electricity, listened to music without stereos, and lived in a house without plumbing and a bathroom. Hands-on activities include trying on clothing items, doing daily chores from the time period such as carding wool and beating rugs, and playing Victorian era games such as graces, hoop rolling, and sack races.These programs are designed to meet the California State Content Standards for history and social science. School classes in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District have priority for registering for the program. Cost for each program is $150. For more information on these programs or the home school days call (925) 973-3284.
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