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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 3 - Closed

September 10 - Chicken Coop Grand Opening
Come meet the chickens that live at the farm and check out their new home. Learn how chickens take a bath without water and make a chicken craft.


September 17 - Apples & Apple Cider
Help press the juice out of apples with an old time apple cider press. Try a taste of the cider and make an apple craft.


September 24 - Native American Day
Native Americans were the first residents in the San Ramon Valley. Come and see some of the artifacts they left for us, and make a Native American craft.

October 1 - Nuts & Seeds
Learn how a walnut goes from the tree to your table. See what other seeds and nuts are around the farm and make a bird feeder to take home. See the antique walnut huller in action.


October 8 - Pumpkins and Gourds
It’s fall! Let’s have fun and practice your pumpkin carving skills and decorate a pumpkin to take home.


October 15– Oktoberfest
11am-5pm

Enjoy live music, great food, craft beer, dancing, family activities and dachshund races! Ticket required. Sponsored by the San Ramon Historic Foundation. Visit www.srhf.org for tickets.

October 22 - 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 tractor rides and a car-themed craft.


October 29 - Trick or Treat at the Farm
Come in your Halloween costume for a Trick or Treat adventure. Travel around the farm to different activity stations, have some hands on fun and take home some farm treats.

November 5 - Election Day
Election Day is just a few days away. Come and learn about how you can participate in elections and go through the process by voting for your favorite chicken. Make a vintage election ribbon.


November 12 - Tractors & Engines
Visit our Tractor museum and talk with the people who work to restore them. Take a peek inside the machine shop and ride on a tractor.


November 19 - Jam & Butter
Before there were grocery stores canning was an important way to preserve food. Learn about the canning process, the different kinds of jams that Ruth Boone made and sold at Forest Home Farm and
taste some different types. Help make some butter in a churn and sample your work.


November 26 - Closed

December 3 - Sewing & Buttons
Try your hand at sewing some simple stitches, buttons and sock darning. We will have old sewing machines and other sewing items from our collection on display.


December 10 - 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 17 - 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 18, 2016 - January 6, 2017

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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