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.
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 currently 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!
Interested in signing up your class?
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.
TEAM Program Transportation Application
Please contact Christine Kuehn, Education and Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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.