The American River Ranch is currently closed to the public including all in person field trips. Our Youth Education team has been hard at work creating virtual field trip options, so you, your family, and your classrooms can stay connected to our farm. Check the Field Trips page for more information.
Field trips are generally 3 hours long, available Monday through Friday, 9am to noon. Saturday field trips are available for part of the year from 9am to 11am. Youth programs for Pre-K, 1st and 2nd graders are 2 hours long. After-school programs typically run from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Check the Field Trip Availability calendar to see what dates and times are available.
All of our field trips, tours, and programs occur at the American River Ranch in Rancho Cordova, CA.
The American River Ranch address is 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. Please be sure you understand your field trip location prior to your visit. Directions >>
We are able to accommodate groups of 15-35 (25 maximum for pre-K groups) participants plus chaperones. We keep staff to youth ratios low to maintain quality of experience and safety.
Trips follow a general agenda but are flexible depending on the season, length of stay and group leader requests. In short, field trips are designed to connect all participants with food, health, and the environment.
The cost for each type of excursion is provided on the field trip information page >>
Payment for the program is due 30 days prior to the scheduled field trip. Once registration is confirmed, Soil Born Farms will send an invoice via email. Payment must be received prior to program delivery. If we do not receive payment 30 days prior to your field trip, your spot will be considered forfeit.
We are able to accept cash, checks (made out to Soil Born Farms) or Visa/MasterCard credit cards.
We are able to offer financial assistance to a limited number of groups or individuals thanks to generous sponsors. Preference will be given to low-income schools and groups. Please apply for financial assistance when you sign up online.
We host field trips rain or shine. Even if it is raining we will spend the majority of the time outdoors and some time inside or under cover. Please prepare your students for being in the elements – warm layers, hats, boots, jackets, etc. Our education team has created rain plans for field trips that are educational, engaging and fun. Due to the high demand for field trips, we cannot reschedule if your group decides to cancel a field trip.
Yes, we have a handicap-accessible porta-potty at the America River Ranch.
At this time, wheelchair access is extremely limited at our farm. We are making site improvements to provide more wheelchair access in the future.
The American River Ranch is home to chickens and a friendly resident farm dog. Due to the fact that the American River Parkway borders the ranch, it is also home to wild creatures like egrets, lizards, snakes, squirrels and the occasional deer and coyote. The staff at Soil Born Farms does everything possible to keep all visitors safe throughout their visit by educating and preparing them for all the wonderful life that resides at the farm.
Groups may stay and enjoy lunch at the farm. Please let the Soil Born staff know in advance if your group will be having lunch at the farm so that they may set up the lunch area in advance.
Visiting groups or individuals may bring their own food and drink. We would appreciate a dedicated time and space for this. Please notify the Soil Born staff ahead of time so that ‘snack time’ may be incorporated into the visit and to allow us to provide adequate facilities like trash and recycling containers.
We seek to incorporate food and nutrition elements into our youth programs by using produce fresh from the field or fruit grown by one of our partner farms/orchards. Tastings may be as simple as trying and comparing different greens like kale and chard, harvesting and slicing open a watermelon or dipping carrot sticks into humus. It all depends on the season and availability of food available at the farm.
Please download and read the field trip preparation document for Teachers and Youth Group Leaders (PDF) for some helpful specifics about how to be prepared for youth programs.
We allow up to 8 adult chaperones for free to accompany the participants. Additional adults are $5 per adult. For more parent chaperone information, please review our Info for Parent Chaperones (PDF) document.
If you cancel your field trip with with less than 30 days notice you will forfeit 50% of your payment.* If you cancel your field trip with more than 30 days notice, you will receive a refund, minus a $25 administrative fee.