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 (grade levels 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.
Classes are bundled into groups of 8, (one session equals 8 classes) and are currently held every other Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Soil Born’s home school sessions for 2016–17 include late summer/fall and winter/spring.
Classes are limited to 20 students. This allows us to conduct classes with a 1 to 10 adult to student ratio, and even less when we have volunteers or parent chaperones.
Each session costs $160 per student. Fees are paid by the home school charter or out of pocket. Soil Born does not ‘sell’ individual classes. Participants register and pay for 8 classes per session. Some students attend all 8 sessions, while others come and go. Some students are in their fourth year with us, and they now serve as small group facilitators.
FALL 2017 Session: 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/22, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15
SPRING 2018 Session: 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20 and 5/4 with a potluck on 5/4 pm
Soil Born is a vendor for the following home school charters: South Sutter, Pacific, 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 armed 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.
In addition to the depth of the above information, 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 connect students and adults with themselves, each other, and nature through an intricate web of peer mentoring. The school year ends with a family gathering and potluck event where students lead a tour, and we all share stories together around a fire.
The Fall 2017 Home School Session is currently full. For more information regarding the Home School Sessions or to be added to the waiting list, please contact Alyssa Kassner, Youth Education Coordinator or call (916) 363.9685 ext 1012.