School and Community Programs are day and overnight environmental education workshop events attended by visitors of all ages in the spring, summer and fall. Large groups are divided into small teaching units with one teacher for every ten students. Activities are tailored to meet each group’s needs. When students come to Flip Flop Ranch, they are often completely unaware of where their food comes from...besides the store.
The ranch provides a hands on education to teach students that their food doesn't magically appear, but begins, grows and ends while being tended by a hard working community of farmers. Such knowledge gives children not only an appreciate of farming and food, but also teaches them to be more understanding and caring towards their environment.When kids visit the ranch, they will get to feed farm animals, milk a goat, collect chicken eggs, make cheese, plant seeds and more.
Activities are tailored to the age and needs of the group. Third graders may learn about the egg incubation while high schoolers may tend a compost pile. A church group may weed the garden of an elderly neighbor while a Girl Scout Troop works towards a badge. Trips can be overnight or shorter day trips. The Flip Flop Ranch curriculum meets current education standards for California.
Learning at Flip Flop Ranch is based on experiential, hands on learning. Children do physical work, get dirty and break a sweat. Hands on experiences is what creates self-esteem and makes learning real and engaging. In today's virtual world, the chance to do down-to-earth old fashioned chores helps children gain confidence, grounding and a respect for their natural environment.
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.
[acchead id="1" tab_id="10" class="active"]PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday life[/acchead]
[accbody tab_id="10" in="in"]The energy released from food was once energy from the sun that was captured by plants in the chemical process that forms plant matter (from air and water).[/accbody]
[acchead id="1" tab_id="11" class=""]LS1.1C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms[/acchead]
[accbody tab_id="11" in=""]Food provides animals with the materials they need for body repair and growth and energy they need to maintain body warmth and for motion.
Plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water.[/accbody]
[acchead id="1" tab_id="12" class=""]LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems[/acchead]
[accbody tab_id="12" in=""]The food of almost any kind of animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs (i.e., herbivores, omnivores, carnivores, decomposers).[/accbody]
[acchead id="1" tab_id="13" class=""]ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems[/acchead]
[accbody tab_id="13" in=""]Human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life have had major effects on the land, vegetation, streams, ocean, air, and even outer space. But individuals and communities are doing things to help protect Earth's resources and environments.[/accbody]