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Forest Home Farms Historic Park /Glass House Museum Tours

Open the Second Saturday of Each Month • 10am to 2pm
Glass House Museum Tour at 10am, 11am, 12noon or 1pm
All About the Farm Tour at 11am & 1pm
Enjoy tours of the Glass House Museum, the farm and its history, interactive exhibits, including the tractor museum, and the beautiful grounds. Visit the Welcome Center and purchase old-fashioned toys and gifts at the Gift Shoppe. $5 per person, or $8 per person for both the Farm Tour and the Glass House Museum Tour.

The Glass House Museum is available, by appointment, during the week for private tours for groups of 10 or more. Call (925) 973-3284 for information.

Summer Camps at Forest Home Farms Historic Park

washing clothes tractor ride

We have some new and exciting camps happening at Forest Home Farms Historic Park this summer! For pre-schoolers through age 10, there's something for everyone. For more information visit www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks/programs/camp/naturecamps.htm

Forest Home Farms Historic Park 2nd Saturday FREE Activities

Open the Second Saturday of Each Month • 10am to 2pm FREE

Glass House Tour: 10am, 11am, 12noon or 1pm
All About the Farm Tour: 11am & 1pm
Enjoy tours of the Glass House Museum, the farm and its history, interactive exhibits,
including the tractor museum, the beautiful grounds and free activities. Visit the
Welcome Center and purchase old-fashioned toys and gifts at the Gift Shoppe. Tours
are $5 per person, or $8 for both tours on the same day.


August 9 - Ice Cream Social
Visit the farm for some old fashioned fun! The San Ramon Historic Foundation will have ice cream for sale complete with sprinkles and other tasty toppings. But enjoying a nice cold dessert is just the start of the fun… listen to lively old-fashioned tunes, take a tractor ride, try your hand at old-fashioned games, and compete with your neighbors and friends by entering a hula hoop, watermelon-seedspitting,
or egg toss contest.

September 13- Spinning Wheels

Today the wheels and gears will be turning on different pieces of equipment from days gone by. Discover how contraptions with moving parts made the work go faster. Try spinning wool by hand and then see it being spun into yarn on a spinning wheel. Try carding (combing wool) by hand then see it roll through a drum carder. See how the wheels and belts powered by hit-and-miss engines helped pump water and grind grain. You can also turn the handle to make rope.

October 11– Seeds We Munch
We don’t graze in the fields like horses and cows do, but most of us eat grass seeds every day. Come discover how corn, wheat and other grains make it into your daily diet. Try processing some grains the old fashioned way as you shell corn by hand, grind wheat and sift fl our. You can also learn a song about grain and use part of the plant we don’t eat to make a corn husk doll.

November 8–Walnuts and Woodworking
After harvest, the hull (the green layer that covers the shell) of the walnut needs to be removed. See our antique huller in action doing this job, and learn more about this nut that was an important crop in the San Ramon Valley. Next, take a look at how wood is worked to make everything from toys to buildings. Try your hand at drilling with a hand-powered drill, and make a wooden top to take home.

Glass House Museum Victorian Life Education Program Grades 2-5

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

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. 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 weekdays and are available on a first come, first served, space available basis.

Group field trips----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, sheep and horses! On this 45-minute tour you can learn what animals eat, how they are cleaned, sheep-herding, and more! We work with scout groups to fulfill badge requirements. $5 per person.

Dig in and Grow
For children’s groups of 10 or more, ages 5 and up. Come have an adventure in our organic garden! On this 45-minute tour children will 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. $5 per person.

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 sing some farm songs and enjoy some hands-on activities. There’s lots of fun waiting for you at the farm! $5 per person.

All About the Farm
This tour provides the background and history of Forest Home Farms Historic Park. Learn about the Boone Family that purchased the farm in 1899 and see all the buildings and exhibits including the Tractor Museum with over 30 restored antique tractors. For families and groups of 10 or more. $5 per person

Glass House Museum Victorian Farm Life
For groups of 10 or more, ages 5-up and their chaperones. 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 children 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. $5 per person.

See the flyer for more information: Forest Home Farms Tours

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!

Click here for more information on volunteering

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