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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

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.

May 6 - Cinco de Mayo in California
Celebrate the history and culture of Mexico. Make a traditional Mexican folk art banner and help break open a Piñata.

May 13 - Mother’s Day
Get ready to celebrate Mother’s Day. Learn about the history of Mother’s Day, make a card and flower for Mom.

May 20 - Home Composting for Busy
People Learn the basics of backyard composting (hot/cold composting), Vermicomposting,
mulching and grasscycling.

May 27th Closed for Memorial Day

June 3– Learn the Ropes!
Make rope the old fashioned way with our replica antique machine and use it to create some fun and useful knots.

June 10 – Farm Chores
Become a farm hand for a day and practice your skills with the corn planter, hand drill and grain grinder.

June 17 – Parks Make Life Better Volunteer Day
Join other volunteers as we spruce up the farm for the upcoming summer months. Typical tasks include weeding, raking and trimming. Light refreshments provided. Wear close toed shoes and work gloves. Everyone must register in advance at www.citylights.volunteerhub.com

June 24 – City Chicks!
Stop by the farm to meet and pet the chickens that live here and make a fun chicken craft. Learn interesting chicken facts, weigh an egg and learn about having your own backyard chickens.

July 1 – Hay Hoisting
Use an old fashioned machine to test your strength hoisting a hale bale and then see how easy it is to use pulleys to help with farm work. Create a piece of wheat weaving art to take home.

July 8 – Old Fashioned Games
Summer vacation is the time to play! Visit the farm for a fun day of old-fashioned games like hopscotch, hoop & stick, graces and marbles. These games from days gone by still entertain us today!

July 15– 19th-Century Pottery Making
Rural potters usually dug clay from the earth on their own farms, often finding good clay near the bend of a river. We’ll give you your own clay to fashion a pinch pot to take home.

July 22 – Mystery Tools
Over the years the patent office has been busy recording the latest ideas to make work in the kitchen and around the farm easier. See if you can guess what some of the objects in our historic collection were used for, and trying using a few of these hand-powered devices.

July 29 – Old Fashioned Ice Cream Making
What goes into making a cool, tasty summertime treat like ice cream? Come learn how simple it is and help turn the crank to make homemade ice cream and then sample this treat

August 5– Leather Crafting
Create your own memorable project while learning the ancient art of leather working. 

August 12– Cow A Bunga!
Learn how important cows were to the farm while you practice your cow milking skills, and make butter to sample.

August 19– Flowers & Bugs
Explore our organic garden and look for helpful bugs and pests- how many can you find? See how our garden is growing and sample some of our produce. Make a fun craft to take home.

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