Home School Class Information

Classes Offered throughout the Academic School Year

NOTE: All in-person field trips and youth programs are on hold for the 2020–21 school year. In the meantime, we invite your class, group or family to join us for a virtual field trip and to try out our Home Garden Kits. Thank you for your continued support.

Special Offerings for the 2020–21 School Year

Virtual Field Trips
Bring the farm home by attending one of our virtual field trips. Information and signup >>

Home Garden Kits
Kits include 4 weeks of NGSS aligned, garden-based curriculum, virtual lessons and videos, and materials needed to plant a small garden at home. Four different Garden Kits are available: Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–4 and 5–6. For questions and details about materials and pick-up information: Contact the field trip team >>

$30/kit. New kits will become available seasonally (fall, winter and spring).

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 13 (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: Horizons, South Sutter, Inspire and Visions.

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.