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After-School Teen Empowerment Program American River Ranch
  • Wed., April 8, 2020 3:30pm

Building Confidence, Valuable Leadership Skills for Young Women
Our Roots & Wings after-school program offers an opportunity for young women ages 13 to 18 to deepen their connection to the environment, themselves and each other. Through gardening, cooking and eating together, working with medicinal herbs and plants, doing art and exploring the natural world, we will teach valuable life skills while building a supportive community. Through our interactions with the land, we aim to empower young women to build inner strength and confidence as well as learn valuable leadership skills. The program will be flexible and adapted to meet the interests and passions of the group. Held on the Second Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the American River Ranch. There are two sessions with four gatherings each.

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Family Nature Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 11, 2020 9:15am

This class is postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Join Cliff Hawley for an opportunity to observe what nature has to offer on a walking tour of the American River Ranch. We’ll explore the plants, animals, and relationships that make up the environment of this special place. This walk is family friendly, but recommended for kids 5 and up.

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Family Herbalist Course Beginners Program 2020 American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 11, 2020 10:00am

This course is postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Join Candis and her team in learning the basics of Western Herbology while integrating it with Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine. This six-month course will include medicine-making, plant ID, how to treat acute ailments, use of tonic herbs and food for strengthening vitality, as well as how to harvest local herbs for medicine. You will learn about your own constitutional needs and ways to balance yourself for better health and well-being. This program will include herb walks around the farm and the American River. There will be lots of tasting, smelling, and hands-on experience with the herbs!

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Yoga on the Farm American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 11, 2020 10:00am

This class is postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Our 60-minute outdoor yoga class is held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 am. The classes will be breath work and intentional movement. It’s open to all levels. Please register in advance. Drop-ins are welcome as space permits (cash only). Bring your own mat and water bottle. We have yoga mats available for those who do not have their own.

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Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs American River Ranch
  • Tue., April 14, 2020 5:30pm

This class is postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Herbs in the home garden can add flavor to your meals, home remedies to your medicine cabinet, and beauty, diversity and beneficial insect habitat to your landscape. This hands-on class offers instructions for growing an array of herbs, and tips for harvesting and using what you grow.

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Garden to Vase: Growing Cut Flowers American River Ranch
  • Thu., April 16, 2020 6:00pm

This class is postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Grow beautiful flowers without tilling the soil. We will talk about how to grow no-till flowering perennials and annuals that do well in our climate throughout the seasons. Students will learn the best flowers for cutting as well as the basics of harvesting and arranging. This is a lecture and demonstration style class.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 18, 2020 9:15am

This class is cancelled due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. Cliff will point out other critters and plant life along the way. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Building Soil Fertility American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 18, 2020 9:30am

This class is postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Healthy soil is the foundation of a bountiful garden. Learn the composition of soil and how we can improve it to grow thriving plants. In this hands-on class, we will assess which nutrients and amendments healthy soils need and find resourceful ways to create flourishing crops for your home garden or family farm.

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Homegrown Herbalism Course American River Ranch
  • Tue., April 21, 2020 5:30pm

This course is postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. This course is an opportunity to explore herbal medicine from soil to teacup. Participants will learn the basics of planning, starting, and maintaining an herb garden, plant harvesting and storage, safe and sustainable collection of wild medicinal plants, making home remedies for use throughout the year, and the specific applications for several medicinal plants. This is primarily a hands-on, outdoor course, with lecture woven in.

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Families on the Farm: Bees and Flowers American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 25, 2020 9:30am

This class is postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Come learn all about the native bees that help our flowers; spend time gardening in our native bee garden; play silly games and make a floral beeswax candle to celebrate our favorite pollinators. This program is designed for youth (ages 5-18) and accompanying adults.

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Asian Noodles American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 25, 2020 10:00am

This class is cancelled due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Everyone loves a bowl of noodles! Learn to make 4 different Asian recipes that are authentic and tasty: Pad Thai with tofu, vegetable chow mein, Vietnamese spring rolls with noodles and shrimp and beef chow fun.

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Home Gardener Weekend Intensive American River Ranch
  • Sat., April 25, 2020 10:00am

This class is postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Designed for beginning gardeners, the Grow Your Groceries Beginning Home Gardener Weekend Intensive will cover the essential topics to help the new gardener create and maintain a thriving, abundant edible organic garden. Combining indoor presentations with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities, this course will give you the knowledge and confidence to get out and grow food for you and your family. Course topics include garden design and seasonality, building healthy soil, garden preparation and planting, water and irrigation, garden ecology and pest control and growing herbs and perennials.

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Preparing a Summer Garden American River Ranch
  • Wed., April 29, 2020 5:30pm

This class is postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in adherence to our government’s health and safety guidelines. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Plan your garden space for optimal production and enjoyment in this hands-on class. You will learn how to prepare, plant and care for an abundant, thriving summer garden. We will discuss starting seeds, crop selection, garden layout, and more. This class is perfect for brand new gardeners or for those who are new to this growing region.

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Managing Pests American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 2, 2020 9:30am

We will review common garden pests in the Sacramento areas and how to manage them without toxic pesticides. There will be a special focus on beneficial insects. A portion of the class will be outside in the field to find and identify pests and their natural enemies on site. Participants will have the option in class to purchase a $20 color photo identification guide from the University of California featuring over 110 specific disorders and pests of vegetables and 20 beneficials, many of which will be covered in this class.

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Mindful Approach to Self-Compassion American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 2, 2020 1:30pm

Most of us have that little voice in our head, criticizing our every action. “Ugh! I did it wrong again. I’m so stupid. I’m never going to reach my goals.” Sound familiar? What if we could turn that negativity into positive messages about ourselves? “I am enough. I can do it. I’m learning and growing each and every day.” In this workshop we will explore the fundamentals of self-compassion – how to accept ourselves fully, turn that inner critic into an inner ally, and plant the seeds of inner strength and resiliency. This class will include lecture, guided visualization, and self-exploration exercises to grow self-compassion in our lives.

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Family Nature Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 9, 2020 9:15am

Join Cliff Hawley for an opportunity to observe what nature has to offer on a walking tour of the American River Ranch. We’ll explore the plants, animals, and relationships that make up the environment of this special place. This walk is family friendly, but recommended for kids 5 and up.

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Experience the Secret Life of Bees American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 9, 2020 9:15am

Experience the secret life of honey bees at American River Ranch. You will learn how bees are vital to our environment and how they live together and function. After talking about how bees and pollination help the farm, you will put on a beekeeping suit and see the bees up close and personal inside the hive. You will see worker bees doing their jobs, how honey is made, the famous waggle dance and maybe even spot the queen bee. Then you’ll enjoy a sample of honey made by the bees you just visited. Suggested ages 8 years and older. All participants must wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and socks that cover their ankles. Avoid wearing any heavily scented skin or hair products. 

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Hands-On 3 Course Plant Based Dinner American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 9, 2020 3:30pm

In this hands-on cooking class, we will work together to cook up a delicious 3 course meal including a seasonal soup, main course and dessert, utilizing as much produce from the farm as possible. We will work on teams for each component of the meal and you will have a chance to share the meal with your fellow cooks on the patio before you head home with a happy belly. Please bring your favorite chef’s knife if you have one. Chef Stephanie is a culinary professional with over 2 decades of experience in restaurant and catering kitchens, including 6 years at San Francisco’s best vegan restaurant, Millennium.

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Permaculture Design Principles American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 16, 2020 9:00am

Permaculture uses nature’s design to grow food, fuel, fiber and medicine for our needs while also enhancing the land at the same time. You will get a crash course on how and why permaculture works, and then learn how to establish a food forest garden that is the best physical manifestation of nature. This class is lecture and hands-on.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 16, 2020 9:15am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. Cliff will point out other critters and plant life along the way. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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The Future of Cooking American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 23, 2020 11:00am

Free Class in Partnership with SMUD
Join Chef Dave Nelson from Industry Cooking Classes for a fun, interactive professional cooking demonstration using the newest kitchen technology! Learn to cook anything with fundamental techniques for stovetop cooking – sauté, pan fry, sear, sweat, simmer and boil.

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Introduction to Urban Backyard Beekeeping American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 23, 2020 1:00pm

Are you planning to start your first backyard beehive this spring? Or are you just curious about urban beekeeping? Do you consider yourself a beginner beekeeper and want to learn new strategies or brush up on your beekeeping skills? This workshop will cover the basics for a successful start to backyard beekeeping.

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Adaptogens: Herbs for Stress Relief and Resilience American River Ranch
  • Tue., May 26, 2020 5:30pm

Adaptogens are herbs highly prized for their use in creating greater vitality and resilience to stress, illness, and exhaustion. These herbs have long traditions of being used in this way, and modern science is helping us to understand some of the mechanisms of their action. This class provides an overview of several adaptogens and their specific characteristics and uses, along with recipes and samplings of herbal preparations highlighting adaptogenic herbs.

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Honing Your Knife Skills American River Ranch
  • Thu., May 28, 2020 6:00pm

Better knife skills will improve your cooking beyond measure. There’s so much more than just slicing and dicing, and with proper knife techniques, prepping will be easier and quicker. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn the basics, plus simple and beautiful garnishes. Learn how to choose a good knife without spending a fortune, and how to keep your knives sharp and well cared for. You’ll leave with recipes and a bounty of chopped produce ready to turn into dinners for the week. Please bring a chef’s knife, a paring knife and a cutting board to class.

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Introduction to Eco-Printing American River Ranch
  • Sat., May 30, 2020 9:30am

Learn how to create striking prints on silk scarves using beautiful fall leaves! This hands-on class will cover the basics of eco-printing from mordant choices to plant selection; how to roll or fold for optimal prints; steaming versus boiling and more. Come and experience the magic of nature’s colorful designs to reveal anywhere from the coral red shades left by eucalyptus leaves, the pale pink of Japanese maple, or the black tinged prints left from leaves dipped in iron. You will eco-print on two silk scarves to take home for your enjoyment or give as beautifully handcrafted gifts.

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Free Worm Composting Workshop American River Ranch
  • Wed., June 3, 2020 6:00pm

Let’s turn our food and plant waste into something useful. Composting, or the act of breaking down organic matter, is a valuable tool for sustainable living. In this free class, we’ll discuss the basics of how to start, maintain, and harvest compost for your containers, gardens, yards, or community green spaces. This class is in partnership with Republic Services. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win prizes.

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Family Nature Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 6, 2020 8:15am

Join Cliff Hawley for an opportunity to observe what nature has to offer on a walking tour of the American River Ranch. We’ll explore the plants, animals, and relationships that make up the environment of this special place. This walk is family friendly, but recommended for kids 5 and up.

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Seed Saving American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 6, 2020 9:00am

Find out how to save seeds from your favorite crops. We will discuss the importance of seed saving, how to care for the plants to assure a good seed supply and how to create the right environment to save seeds. You will learn the difference between open pollinated plants and hybrid seeds, and will get hands-on experience cleaning and storing seeds.

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FREE Make Your Own Solar Cooker American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 6, 2020 1:30pm

You will be surprised how easy it is to prepare delicious food with only the power of the sun. Join us for this family friendly class in which we will explore the different types of solar cookers, share some of the best solar cooking recipes, and provide you materials to build your own solar cookers (limit 2 per family).

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The Summer Herbal American River Ranch
  • Tue., June 9, 2020 5:30pm

Each season brings a particular set of conditions that may challenge our well-being, but we can address these concerns with herbal remedies, foods, and good habits. This class will cover the challenges of the summer months, from staying comfortably cool and hydrated, to skin irritations and first-aid concerns. Many techniques and recipes will be offered, along with samples of tasty herbal preparations and take-home items for your summer wellness kit.

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Preparing Herbal Remedies for Colds, Flu & Infections American River Ranch
  • Wed., June 10, 2020 10:00am

We will discuss the various remedies used for centuries around the world to treat common colds, flu and infections. It is important to have the remedies made and ready to use when an illness strikes. We will make remedies, taste various herbs and practice the protocol for when someone is ill with these conditions.

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Mindfulness in Nature American River Ranch
  • Wed., June 10, 2020 6:00pm

Mindfulness in nature is the art of being outdoors with a contemplative presence. By cultivating this inner quiet and open curious spirit outdoors, we can learn from nature as the ultimate teacher, and deepen both our connection and appreciation of the earth in which we live, while learning how to take these lessons into our everyday life. We will practice various mindfulness meditations on the beautiful American River Ranch, allowing you to feel a sense of joy, wonder and connection to the land and a deeper self. This class is appropriate for beginning and experienced meditators.

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Bird Walk American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 13, 2020 8:15am

Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. We will experience a variety of resident birds along with winter, migrant, or summer birds depending on the season. Cliff will point out other critters and plant life along the way. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers.

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Hands-On Seasonal Soups and Salads American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 13, 2020 3:30pm

In this hands-on cooking class, we will work together to cook up delicious cooling seasonal soups and salads, utilizing as much produce from the farm as possible. We will work on teams to produce each recipe and you will have a chance to share the meal with your fellow cooks on the patio before you head home with a happy belly. Please bring your favorite chef’s knife if you have one. Chef Stephanie is a culinary professional with over 2 decades of experience in restaurant and catering kitchens, including 6 years at San Francisco’s best vegan restaurant, Millennium.

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Counselors in Training American River Ranch
  • Mon., June 15, 2020 8:00am

Teens will learn how to lead groups of youth safely around the farm and river, teach gardening and environmental education, cook with kids and more. Participants in this camp may choose to volunteer as Counselors in Training (CIT) during the day camps that follow. CITs will connect with peers and youth, and gain leadership and job skills while earning community service hours.

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Little Sprouts American River Ranch
  • Mon., June 15, 2020 8:30am

Campers ages 4-5 can meet the chickens, dig in the dirt, smell herbs and taste fresh fruits and vegetables.  Using stories, songs, crafts, and games, our youngest campers will learn about our farm while enjoying playful, fun-filled mornings. *This camp runs from 8:30am to 11am.

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Farm Camp: Healthy Harvest American River Ranch
  • Mon., June 22, 2020 8:00am

Discover the connection between the food we grow and the food we eat. Throughout the week, youth will work in the garden, visit the farm, and create simple, tasty recipes straight from the garden while playing games and singing songs. Campers will learn what it means to plant, tend, harvest and prepare their own food.

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Nature Camp: Art and Nature American River Ranch
  • Mon., June 22, 2020 8:00am

Youth will explore the intersection of art and nature during their week at Soil Born Farms where beauty abounds! From natural dyes to pine paint brushes, participants will craft and create using nature’s gifts.

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Summer Grilling American River Ranch
  • Wed., June 24, 2020 6:30pm

Grill master Dio will show you everything you need to know to up your grilling game. Learn to make spice rubbed grilled chicken with charred tomato salsa, grilled shrimp with avocado cucumber relish, baby back ribs with honey mustard BBQ sauce, grilled vegetable and goat cheese salad, and grilled peaches with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. You will sample each dish prepared.

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Intermediate Urban Backyard Beekeeping American River Ranch
  • Sat., June 27, 2020 9:00am

This workshop is designed for backyard beekeepers interested in learning intermediate level skills. No prerequisite knowledge is required, but it will be more advanced than an introductory level workshop. We will have a short lecture and group learning style introduction to topics and then an open hive inspection with practical, hands-on skills to move you to the next level of beekeeping. We will focus on common beekeeping practices, including integrated pest management strategies in an urban setting and skills to make sure you know all of your options to keep your bees healthy. Even if you have read a few books, taken some other classes or already started keeping bees, this interactive workshop will have a lot to offer you.

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Cooks Camp: Cooking Around the World American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 6, 2020 8:00am

Enjoy the bounty of this land by harvesting, cooking, and eating healthy and delicious food together inspired by a variety of cultures every day! Participants will learn the basics of nutrition and kitchen safety, explore the farm and meet new friends over shared meals. *This camp runs from 8am-12:30pm

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Nature Camp: River Naturalists American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 6, 2020 8:00am

Explore, play and learn along Cordova Creek and the beautiful American River! Be prepared to hike to different areas along the parkway and discover why our local waterways are magical and special ecosystems.

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Farm Camp: Soil, Water, Air and Sun American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 13, 2020 8:00am

Campers will spend the week exploring seeds, preparing garden beds, planting and harvesting produce, and discovering what plants need to grow healthy and strong. From soil science to plant parts, youth will become garden experts and environmental stewards.

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Little Sprouts American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 13, 2020 8:30am

Campers ages 4-5 can meet the chickens, dig in the dirt, smell herbs and taste fresh fruits and vegetables.  Using stories, songs, crafts, and games, our youngest campers will learn about our farm while enjoying playful, fun-filled mornings. *This camp runs from 8:30am to 11am.

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Families on the Farm: River and Creek Exploration American River Ranch
  • Sat., July 18, 2020 9:30am

Walk along the American River Parkway to discover the native flora and fauna that grow in our own backyard. Spend a peaceful morning by the riverside watching birds, sharing stories, eating fresh fruit from our farm, and learning from the land. This program is designed for youth (ages 5-18) and accompanying adults.

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Cooks Camp: Cooking Around the World American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 20, 2020 8:00am

Enjoy the bounty of this land by harvesting, cooking, and eating healthy and delicious food together inspired by a variety of cultures every day! Participants will learn the basics of nutrition and kitchen safety, explore the farm and meet new friends over shared meals. *This camp runs from 8am-12:30pm

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Nature Camp: Survival Skills American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 20, 2020 8:00am

Survivalists will learn about building fire and shelter, foraging for edible wild foods, how to stay safe in nature and more!  The week’s activities will culminate with an overnight camp-out on Friday night and an extended trip to the river. *Additional fees apply

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Farm Camp: Healthy Harvest American River Ranch
  • Mon., July 27, 2020 8:00am

Discover the connection between the food we grow and the food we eat. Throughout the week, youth will work in the garden, visit the farm, and create simple, tasty recipes straight from the garden while playing games and singing songs. Campers will learn what it means to plant, tend, harvest and prepare their own food.

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Autumn Equinox Celebration American River Ranch
  • Sat., September 19, 2020 5:30pm

You’re invited to our 18th Annual Autumn Equinox fundraiser which will again bring together local chefs, restaurants, bakeries, wineries and breweries that have been trailblazers in Sacramento’s local food movement.

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Families on the Farm: Experiencing Seeds American River Ranch
  • Sat., October 24, 2020 9:30am

Discover the magic of seeds. Explore wheat, corn, beans, pumpkin seeds and more. Harvest, grind, dissect and discover these special plant parts. Then celebrate this season’s bounty by cooking a fresh meal together from seeds, including homemade corn tortillas. This program is designed for youth (ages 5-18) and accompanying adults. *tree nut and peanut free*

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