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. We offer two home school sessions in the 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 $180 per student. Fees are paid by the home school charter or out of pocket. We do not offer individual classes. Participants register and pay for 8 classes per session.
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.
Spaces available in our Spring 2020 Home School Session. For more information or to sign up, please contact Lacey, Youth Education Assistant or call (916) 363.9685 ext 1009.