Forest Home Farms Historic Park Events
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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
Enjoy a guided tour of the Glass House Museum, 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. * Glass House Tours are $5 per person (age 3-up). Payable by credit card only (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)
February 14 – Victorian Valentine Making and Lace
Sending paper Valentines became popular in the 1800’s, and the tradition continues today. Join us to make old-fashioned Valentine greetings, discover some of the history behind them, and see how lace is made by hand.
March 14 – Working Dogs
Through history man’s best friend has done many jobs. Come to the farm to see a variety of working dogs doing their jobs. You can watch dogs and their handlers practice their skills herding sheep. Meet a police dog from the San Ramon Police Department. Canines from San Ramon Valley Guide Dogs, Canine Companions, and other groups will also be on hand. Please leave your canine companion at home.
April 11 – Spring Garden Exploration
Discover what is growing and blooming in the organic garden. Explore the beds to find the new seedlings, ripe vegetables and the helpful insects. There will be fresh produce samples to taste. Those who are energetic can also pitch in to help by watering, weeding, or turning the compost, and everyone can plant a flower seed to take home.
May 9 – Moms and their Fans
It is time to get ready for Mother’s Day and show Mom you are one of her biggest fans. Come to the Farm to pen a letter to mom telling her why she is special, and bring her along to see some actual fans. The Hand Fan Museum will be here displaying fans dating from 1850-1950 with a few that are even older and some featuring mothers and families. You can also make a fan to give to Mom with her letter.
Sheep Shearing Day April 18, 11am-3pm
An event for the community to raise money to restore the old 1850’s barn. Come and see the sheep get their spring haircuts! Activities include a petting zoo, maypole, string bubbles, vintage games, kids crafts & tractor rides, Exhibitors include quilters, wool spinners, wood carvers & blacksmith
Order discounted Tickets until April 13, at the San Ramon Historic Foundation website: www.srhf.org
Glass House Museum Victorian Life Education Program Grades 2-5
Field 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!
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