Field Trips FAQ

Things to Know Before Signing Up

What days and times are youth programs offered?

Field trips are generally 3 hours long, available Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to noon. 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

Where do field trips and other programs take place?

Almost all of our field trips, tours, and programs occur at the American River Ranch in Rancho Cordova, CA.

Where is the American River Ranch?

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 >>

What is an acceptable group size for a field trip to Soil Born Farms?

We are able to accommodate groups of 10-35 participants plus chaperones. Larger group sizes will be considered at the discretion of program staff. We aim to keep staff to youth ratios low to maximize the learning experiences.

What do the kids do on field trips?

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.

How much does it cost?

The cost for each type of excursion is provided on the field trip information page >>

When is payment for the program due?

Payment for the program is due shortly after the group or individual is registered. Once registration is confirmed, Soil Born Farms will send an invoice via email. Payment must be received prior to program delivery.

What forms of payment are acceptable?

We are able to accept cash, checks (made out to Soil Born Farms) or Visa/MasterCard credit cards.

Do you offer financial assistance?

We are able to offer financial assistance (youth program at a discounted rate) 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. Soil Born Farms may be able to offer financial assistance to low-income schools, groups or individuals. For more information on financial assistance, visit our Adopt-a-School page or send inquires/requests to Janet Zeller >>

What if it is raining the day of our field trip?

Field trips may occur in light rain if the visiting group desires. If possible, the field trip may be rescheduled based on availability. In the event that the youth program is cancelled due to weather, a refund will be issued.

What if I/we need to cancel our scheduled visit?

We recognize that conflicts arise resulting in the cancellation of a scheduled activity. If the scheduled activity must be cancelled for a reason other than weather and there is not an ability to reschedule on another date, a partial refund will be issued.

Do you have restroom facilities at the American River Ranch?

We have a handicap-accessible porta-potty at the America River Ranch.

Is the farm site wheelchair-accessible?

At this time, wheelchair access is extremely limited at our farm. We are making site improvements to provide more wheelchair access in the future.

What animals live at the American River Ranch?

The American River Ranch is home to chickens, sheep and pigs. The animals serve a vital role in keeping our farm sustainable. While participants are free to observe the animals, many of them are not ‘petting zoo’ type animals and do not interact with humans much. There are also a few very friendly resident farm dogs. 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.

Is there a space for kids to have lunch after a field trip?

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.

Can we bring our own snacks for participants to eat during their visit?

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.

What does Soil Born Farms offer kids to eat during the program?

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.

How should visitors prepare for the field trip?

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.

How many chaperones may we bring?

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.