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.
TEAM GOES VIRTUAL | OPEN FIELD FARM
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 email@example.com to learn more and to sign your class up for this engaging, asynchronous learning experience OR fill out this quick TEAM Google Form to gain direct access to both the Open Field Farm video and downloadable student journal. Check out our virtual promo video to the right >>>
HOW TO GET INVOLVED | IN-PERSON
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, and how all life is connected to the health of our soils. TEAM field trips 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
4th grade – NEW Duckworth Farm, Sebastopol – spring
5th grade – Open Field Farm, Petaluma – fall
5th grade – Gilardi Ranch, Bodega – winter/spring
SPRING 2022 UPDATE
The Sonoma and Gold Ridge RCDs are very excited to announce in-person 3rd (Dutton) and 4th (Duckworth) grade field trips coming up in Spring 2022! We loved having your class come with us on past TEAM field trips and we hope you will be interested in bringing your class on another education experience at a local farm this year. 5th grade classes: please stay tuned for announcements this Fall 2022 when we will be planning field trips to the Open Field Farm learning site. Please see our TEAM flyer detailing our spring 2022 field trip lineup, how to sign-up, and where to submit a request for transportation reimbursement.
Once you have submitted your field trip date requests, please allow us a few days to confirm your program slot. At that time you will receive student liability waivers and a TEAM program agreement form for your administrators to sign. Simultaneously, our environmental education consultant Stephanie Lennox will coordinate your pre and post classroom visits. We will work to ensure each school districts COVID-19 policies are met on and off of campus.
Please contact Christine Kuehn, Education and Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.