San Ramon’s Forest Home Farms- Summertime Fun!
San Ramon’s Forest Home Farms holds onto San Ramon’s rich history which is deeply rooted in farming and agriculture. It is home to the Glass House which was built in 1879. During the summer, Forest Home Farms provides a fun place for youth to learn while having fun. Summer camps have been expanded this year to include two weeks of camps for preschoolers and 6 weeks of nature day camps. Camps involve farm tours, gardening, story time, and tending to the farm animals on the 16 acre plot.
The Forest Home farmland and its buildings were bequeathed to San Ramon in 1997 by Ruth Quayle Boone in memory of her husband. Ruth died a year later at 94 and San Ramon expanded the memorial to honor Ruth as well. The Dutch colonial has 22 rooms as well as a barn, farm equipment, automobile storage, walnut processing plant, and the Victorian Glass House Museum. They have all been restored for the future generations to enjoy.
The Sienna Ranch in Lafayette is a new camp program that is family-owned for 5 to 10 year olds. This ranch focuses on the environment and the community, morning nature camps, afternoon archery, art camp, and many opportunities for children to interact with farm animals on this 21 acre ranch. “Discovering the Natural World” is the theme for day camps as kids learn skills, make crafts, and explore the forest, valleys, hills, garden, and chicken coops. There is supervised free time while kids play games and make new friends. Kids have hands-on art classes where they make bows and arrows using nature-based brushes and paint. At the archery ranch, kids can gain archery skills and make archery-related crafts.
The Nature Day Camp will move to Forest Home Farms this summer. Children can learn about life on the farm from shearing sheep to processing walnuts, to Native American culture. Kids view tools used in the early 1900’s and get hands-on practice with juicing, drilling, and planting corn. They learn about canning, food preservation, and design their own canning label. Kids explore bees, fresh veggies, and compost in the popular organic garden. In the Forces of Nature camp, kids explore water’s power and the weather. In the Let’s Fly day camp, they how to build kits, model airplanes, and about flying animals. Check the San Ramon website for camp info and dates.
On June 14th Forest Homes Farms is hosting Buzzing Bees & Beautiful Butterflies where kids observe bee hives and witness the busy lives of bees. The Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association will demonstrate their hives and share knowledge about this valuable insect. Learn about what they eat, why they dance, and why they sting. Discover secrets of beautiful butterflies, make crafts, and explore the interesting life of insects.
Forest Home Farms has Story Time with the Farmer on Wednesday, June 18th from 10:00am-11:00am for ages 3-5. This event is for little farmers to hear stories, sing songs, learn about plants, and understand how to grow vegetables in the garden. Register online.
Every 2nd Saturday of the month Forest Home Farms has FREE activities! Throughout the year the Glass House and farm group tours remain popular for all ages. Docents dress in clothing of the time and visitors can purchase old fashion goods at the gift shop. The Farm’s annual Sheep Shearing Day attracts over 1,300 people to the farm. Forest Home Farms provides a fun place for kids to learn about nature while having fun. Check out the Forest Home Farms website for a full schedule of camps, maps, and more information.
San Ramon has many programs and activities for children and adults. It’s a wonderful city to raise a family with amenities such as Forest Home Farms. Please visit my website to view homes available in the charming city of San Ramon.
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