Field Trips

Our youth programs and field trip opportunities are extremely valuable experiences for the youth and volunteers we serve. While each experience is unique, we weave in themes of healthy eating, cooking, and active living practices into each of our hands-on interactions with agriculture and the natural world. In addition, upon your request, we aim to incorporate themes that are currently relevant to your classroom lessons. Due to the nature of our programs and because of the wild and delicate nature of the farm’s environment, we are able to accommodate only one class/group at a time (35 youth maximum plus an additional 8 adult chaperones).

Discovery Field Trips

One-time farm visits for pre-K through grade 12

Organic farming meets academic standards as participants engage in hands-on interactions with agriculture, native plant restoration projects, healthy food habits, and nature explorations. Group field trips include a farm tour, hands-on activities, nutrition education, and service projects. Kids meet the farmers, the farm animals, and explore the natural wonders of the farm! Trips are led by experienced educators who help guide students towards a deeper understanding of the local food system and ecosystem. Discovery Field Trips for preschool through grade 1 are two hours long from 9am to 11am. Discovery Field Trips for grade 2 through high school are three hours long from 9am to 12pm or 10am to 1:30pm with a break for lunch.
$15 per student ($225 minimum per field trip)*
$5 per adult (8 adults free)
Min/Max group size: 15-35 people

Please read the additional info docs provided below >>

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Exploration Field Trips

Series of farm visits for grades 1 through 12

Ranch Exploration Series: Students take a journey through the seasons with a series of four field trips to the American River Ranch. Students learn about soil fertility, food production, planting and tending native and food-bearing plants, irrigation, organic garden design, seasonality (featuring fresh snacks from the farm!), and hands-on tasks in the Youth Garden. Participants explore all aspects of the American River Ranch from the field, to the forest and the American River Parkway. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of sustainable agriculture in an urban setting along a riparian corridor.

Creek Exploration Series: Students take a journey through the seasons at the farm with a series of creek-based field trips. Four field trips to the American River Ranch lead youth towards connecting with food, health, and the environment through hands-on tasks and studies along Cordova Creek, including water quality and conservation, native plants and soils, local wildlife, and stewardship projects. The Creek Exploration is designed to address Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will walk away with a deep understanding and appreciation of restoring native plants, establishing creek habitat, and of the environment of the American River Parkway.
$80 per student*
$5 per adult (8 adults free)
Min/Max group size: 15-35 people
Please read the additional info docs provided below.
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Before signing up for a field trip, please review these additional info documents:

*Soil Born Farms may be able to offer financial assistance to low-income schools, groups or individuals. For more information on financial assistance, contact Lacey >>

Sample Field Trip Agenda

Note: Times and activities change with the seasons and other variables.

9:00-9:15 Welcoming Circle & Introductions

9:15-9:30 Safety & Orientation

9:30-10 Farm Tour, healthy walk around the farm.

10-10:15 Explore Youth Garden, taste test, scavenger hunt.

10:15-10:30 Eat a snack and take a short break.

10:30-11:15 Rotate through NGSS-aligned and seasonal activity stations.

11:15-11:45 Various service projects: Youth will work in the Youth Garden or restoration site and play an educational game or make a nature based craft.

11:45-12 (12:30 for Exploration groups): Possibly hike and have lunch by the river or lunch in the garden.