School & Community Programs
School and Community Programs are weekday and overnight environmental education workshops attended by visitors of all ages in the spring, summer and fall.
- Applications for Spring Group Programs 2016 will be considered starting October 15, 2015.
- Applications for Fall Group Programs 2016 will be considered starting May 15, 2016.
Here's a short summary of what you can expect.
Large groups are divided into small teaching units with one teacher for every eight or nine students. Activities are tailored to meet each group’s needs.
The curriculum follows an experiential learning model. Through hands-on learning, teamwork and physical activity, the children develop a stronger sense of self, respect for the natural environment, and are given tools with which to make decisions and choices about healthy food and healthy living. The theme of food is used as the universal springboard to teach about an appreciation for the people who grow and raise the food, the soil in which it is grown, the animals that provide food, and the importance of composting and recycling. When children make a sensory, positive connection with the natural environment and healthy food, the experience transforms their general approach to the outdoors, nutrition, health and themselves.
Check out our Online Curriculum!
Our online curriculum platform helps teachers and group leaders provide a deeper learning experience in connection with a visit to Slide Ranch, or to provide opportunities for schools and groups unable to visit Slide Ranch access to our environmental and agricultural education curriculum.
Enjoy a variety of engaging education modules to enhance your Slide Ranch visit before and after, as well as modules with curriculum on specific subjects that are core to the Slide Ranch experience such as Cooking at Slide Ranch, Tidepools and Goat Milking.
Typical Group Activities
A group of second graders might learn how to harvest fresh potatoes, collect eggs from the chickens, milk a resident goat or make rhubarb crisp from the garden. A group of high school students might learn to tend the compost piles, feed the farm animals, make a cheese flavored with garden herbs and hike the trails overlooking the ocean as they engage in discussions about sustainability and making choices that protect our limited resources. A group of children from homeless families or with incarcerated parents might camp out under the stars and wake in the morning to take part in the farm’s morning chores: feeding the chickens and harvesting ripe raspberries for breakfast.
The Slide Ranch curriculum meets current education standards across the board. The curriculum is examined each year and evolves to meet the particular goals of each group.
Slide Ranch awards scholarships to schools and community groups that demonstrate a significant financial need. To be considered for a group scholarship, please complete our scholarship application.
It is the policy of Slide Ranch to ensure equal treatment to all persons in matters affecting, but not limited to, recruitment, employment, compensation, benefits, promotion, discipline and employment practices, program participation and scholarship awards without regard to a person's race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, disability, national origin or ancestry.
Transportation is an important consideration in planning your visit to Slide Ranch. Due to the rural (and beautiful) location of our site, public transportation is not available. Most commonly, and depending on resources available, groups travel to our site by car, vans, charter busses or school district busses. In the case of busses, carriages 35 feet or shorter are recommended for navigating Highway 1. Slide Ranch staff are available to answer any questions you may have about transportation, and can share charter bus referrals and commonly used fundraising ideas with you. Slide Ranch may also provide a limited quantity of need-based scholarships toward the cost of transportation. For more information, please contact the program office at (415) 381-6155 or email@example.com.
Special note for 2016-2017: There is a new transportation grant available to low-income schools in the Bay Area. Through the Transportation Fund, the Environmental Volunteers provides affordable, easy-to-schedule, efficient and safe transportation for low-income youth (K-12) in the San Francisco Bay Area that facilitates access to science and environmental education field trips. Funds are still available for 2016-17 school year trips! Applications for the 2016-17 school year will be accepted starting May 1, 2016.