Roots & Wings, our youth education program, takes students on a journey through the seasons with a series of farm- and nature-based classes. Students ages 7 to 12 (grades 2 through 8) engage in experiences at the farm and along the American River Parkway where they learn valuable life skills that encourage healthy living and stewardship of the land.
Soil Born is a vendor for the following home school charters: Horizon, South Sutter, Visions, Pacific, Cottonwood and Sequoia Grove Charter Alliance.
Class and Program Design: Classes at the American River Ranch lead youth towards connecting with food, health, and the environment by learning about soil fertility and production, planting and tending native and food bearing plants, irrigation, garden design, seasonality, 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, and into the forest and American River Parkway.
Field experiences in the American River Parkway produce hands-on tasks and studies along Cordova Creek, including water quality and conservation, native plants and soils, local wildlife, and stewardship projects. These activities are designed to address Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will walk away with a deep understanding and appreciation of sustainable agriculture, seasonal foods, native plant restoration, creek and river ecosystems, and they become life-long stewards of the American River Ranch and Parkway.
Home school classes deepen participants’ knowledge of place and sense of community. Because classes meet up to 16 times per school year, the continuum of shared experiences deeply connects students and adults with themselves, each other, and nature.
Fall 2023 Session: Currently enrolling students from our interest list. To be added to our interest list for future classes, please contact our Youth Ed Team >>
Spring 2024 Session: Opening for enrollment in December 2023. To be added to our interest list, please contact our Youth Ed Team >>