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Beginning July 8 OPEN Wednesday - Saturday, 11am to 5pm

Fun on the Farm FREE activities every saturday, 11am to 2pm

docent led glass house tour every saturday at 2pm

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)

July 11 – Stories Barns Tell

Barns and barnyards were at the heart of a farm. Forest Home Farms has two. Come discover some of the stories that barns can tell about farm life and history. You can try using a pulley system that demonstrates how hay was lifted into barn lofts, examine old tools and machinery that might have been stored in a barn, and learn about the farm animals that lived in barns and the surrounding barnyard.

July 18 – Farm Chores

See what it was like to live at Forest Home Farms by learning about and participating in one of the many chores that had to be done around the farm.

July 25 – All About Chickens

Learn about the Forest Home Farms chickens, have an opportunity to pet one and make a special craft to take home.

August 1 – Pinecone Picnic

Find out what a pinecone really is, which animals use pinecones as food and make a pinecone craft to take home.

August 8 – Old-Fashioned Games Day

Summer vacation is the time to play! Visit the farm for a fun day of old-fashioned games.  Hopscotch, hula hoop, bucket brigade, hoop and stick, horseshoes, relay races, egg toss, jump rope, graces, marbles, and blind man’s bluff are some of the games and competitions from days gone by that will entertain us again today.

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 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

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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Photo Courtesy of Jeff Klein