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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

January 7 -   Victorian Tea Time
Learn about the tradition of tea and see many of the antique tea cups & saucers from the collection. Sit inside the Boone House living room while you sample some teas and make a fun craft.

January 14 - School Days
Try your hand with an old fashioned pen and ink well, see how the school rules and tests at the turn of the century compare to today.

January 21 – Blacksmithing
Come and see a demonstration of this lost art. Explore the vintage tool collection.

January 28 - Soap Making
Learn the art of soap making using natural ingredients and make your own soap to take home.

February 4 -  Old Fashioned Games
Learn about and play some old fashioned games that are still lots of fun today.

February 11 - Victorian Valentines
February has long been celebrated as a month of romance. Learn how the Victorian’s celebrated Valentine’s Day and make your own Victorian Valentine.

February 18 – Embroidery
Victorian’s loved to embroider. Come learn some basic embroidery stitches and see what you can create.

February 25 - Canning & Jam
Canning was an important part of life on a farm. Come learn about the process of canning and taste a few jams that Ruth Boone made and sold at Forest Home Farm.

March 4 - Working Wool
Visit the sheep at Forest Home Farm, clean and card some of their wool and make a sheep craft too.

March 11 - Buzzing Bees
Learn about how important bees are for the food we grow. See a safe working bee hive, taste some honey and make a fun bee inspired craft.

March 18 - Laundry Day
Fill the tubs with water and haul out the laundry. It’s time to wash the clothes.  Learn why families set aside a whole day for this chore. See some of the vintage laundry equipment from our collection. Dress to get wet!

March 25 - Hello? The Invention of the Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell was born in March and spoke the first sentence on the newly invented telephone on March 10, 1876. See some of the farms antique telephones, play a game of telephone with a friend and take home your own string phone.

April 1 - Flower Power
Learn about flowers and pollination. Look at the anatomy of a flower and make a flower craft.

April 8 -  Easter on the Farm
Learn about Easter traditions from the early 1900’s. Dye an egg with natural dye and create a special basket to take home.

April 15 - Closed for the Easter Holiday

April 22 - SHEEP SHEARING DAY 11am-3pm-presented by the San Ramon Historic Foundation
Visit www.srhf.org for more information and to purchase tickets

April 29 - Behind the scenes with Tractors
Learn all about tractors. Take a behind the scenes look at tractor restoration. Tour the tractor museum and look inside the machine shop where the restoration takes place.

school Field trips

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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Photo Courtesy of Jeff Klein