Forest Home Farms Historic Park Events
Stroll around the farm and learn about its history, through interpretive panels and interactive exhibits, see antique tractors and farm machinery in the tractor museum, and participate in free activities. Visit the Welcome Center and purchase old-fashioned toys and gifts at the Gift Shoppe. Enjoy a guided tour of the restored Glass House Museum at 2pm. * Glass House Tours are $5 per person (age 3-up). Payable by credit card only (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
October 3 – Weather Vanes
They can be both works of art and tell you which way the wind is blowing. Learn about these weather indicators and createa weather vane craft.
October 10 – Wonderful Walnuts
From knocking nuts out of trees, to transporting, to stripping off the green hull, discover the process of harvesting walnuts. See our antique huller in action, learn about the Farm’s connection to an
invention which made getting nuts out of trees easier, try your hand at loading up a miniature walnut truck, and make a walnut craft.
October 17 – Oktoberfest
Join the San Ramon Historic Foundation for Oktoberfest! (Fee) Visit www.srhf.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
October 24 – Vintage Vehicles
The 1900’s brought a switch 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 antique cars and buses. There will also be a car-themed craft.
October 31 – Acorn Adventures
Visit the oak trees of Forest Home Farms to see how big this year’s acorn crop is, and discover clues at each stop that tell the story of acorns and all the animals that depend on them.
November 7 - Keeping Time
What time is it? Come see what is inside that keeps old-fashioned clocks and watches ticking. Collectors will be here to show off a variety of timepieces, and you can make your own paper sun dial.
November 14 – Horseshoes
Some old games were played with items found around the farm. Come see some real horseshoes and play the game of horseshoes.
November 21 - Weaving and Wool
What do you wear that is woven? Find out how a loom transforms yarn into fabric and see some wonderful woven creations. You can also take a look at the Farm’s sheep with their thick wooly fleeces, hear some stories about wool and weaving, and make a craft.
November 28 – Beautiful Kernels of Corn
See the rainbow of colors in our bucket of shelled Indian corn and use some of it to create a colorful corn craft.
December 5 – Candy Cane History
The history of candy canes is a bit of a mystery. Discover some of the popular stories about the origins of this holiday treat and make a candy cane inspired craft.
December 12 – Holiday on the Farm 11:00am- 3:00pm
Enjoy an old fashioned holiday gathering at Forest Home Farms 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 19 – Nature’s Decorations
We decorate for the holidays, but nature puts on its own show. Take your senses on a scavenger hunt to discover plants that are decked out in red berries and others with fragrant leaves.
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 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. Hands-on farm activities are also included. For families and groups of 10 or more. $5 per person
Glass House Museum Victorian 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.
All tours are 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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