The TEAM (Teaching Environmental and Agricultural Memories) field trip program is a unique environmental education program offered to elementary youth county wide in partnership with the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (RCD). The content of the TEAM program incorporates the significant role that Sonoma County’s characteristic agricultural landscape plays in environmental stewardship. Due to COVID-19 we are not holding in person field trip programs, events or workshops. However, we are still here to serve you virtually, please see below for details and programming updates and check out our virtual promo video to the right.
NEW: TEAM Program goes Virtual
Learning transcends the classroom. Our virtual program enables learners to study the diversity of local agriculture from their homes. Students of the TEAM program explore and engage with the interconnectedness of our landscapes and the people that steward them. How do farmers adapt to the seasons? Where does our food come from? Why do we need pollinators? These are just a few of the questions we investigate during our visit to Open Field Farm. Get ready to learn about how farmers work with the land to grow nutritious food…while also protecting the environment.
The Gold Ridge and Sonoma Resource Conservation Districts have partnered with the Sonoma County’s Ag and Open Space District to take local 3-5th grade students on a virtual field trip to Open Field Farm, a protected organic, biodynamic CSA farm located in Petaluma. Our educators will guide your class on an interactive farm tour to learn about the farm ecosystem, visit the CSA barn to collect fresh produce, and buzz through the flower patch to study the farm’s tiniest farmers.
We hope you can join us! Teachers please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and to sign your class up for this engaging, asynchronous learning experience.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
When we can be back on the farm in person!
Currently funded by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space), the program invites elementary students to experience our diverse agricultural heritage of Sonoma County on a number of properties to learn about: the importance of maintaining bee populations for apple production, how ranchers protect salmon habitat on a working cattle ranch, experience fresh picked blueberries on a sheep ranch and play with local fiber, what “CSA” truly means to our community, exploring local dairy and homemade products, and the connection between soil health and heritage melons. TEAM field trips also emphasize the importance of partnership among diverse stakeholders in protecting our natural resources and the renowned agricultural landscape of Sonoma County.
The TEAM program serves elementary schools only in Sonoma County. Priority is given to Title I schools, schools with 50% or more students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Scheduling is also completed on a first come first served basis annually with interested schools.
The TEAM program offers trips to the grades indicated below:
3rd grade – Dutton Apple Orchard, Sebastopol – spring – GRRCD
4th grade – Crane Melon Barn, Santa Rosa – fall – SRCD
5th grade – Open Field Farm, Petaluma – fall – SRCD
5th grade – Gilardi Ranch, Bodega – spring – GRRCD
5th grade – Duckworth Farm, Sebastopol – spring – coming soon!
TEAM Program Transportation Application – coming soon!
Please contact Christine Kuehn, Education and Communications Manager at email@example.com if you are interested in participating or learning more.
TEAM Video produced by Gold Ridge RCD:
Ag + Open Space partners with local organizations through innovative programs that get young people outside to explore nature, science, agriculture, and environmental stewardship in their communities. This program is made possible by the Ag + Open Space District.