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Ranch Tours

The Environmental Education Programs at Elkus Ranch provide hands-on opportunities to learn about the production of food and fiber, the inter-relationships of plants and animals in their natural habitats, and the importance of environmental stewardship.

Our Ranch Tours focus on experiential learning about animals and the environment.
Our Ranch Tours focus on experiential learning about animals and the environment.

Students can get up close with our friendly livestock animals.
Students can get up close with our friendly livestock animals.
While brushing a goat, meeting a chicken, or exploring our bone and fossil collections in our historic barn, students learn about adaptations, predator/prey relationships and food chains.

Students are able to taste fresh produce from our gardens.
Students are able to taste fresh produce from our gardens.
In the greenhouse, students learn about the functions of roots, stems, and leaves and plant their own seedling to take home with them. While visiting the garden, students are able to taste flowers or other seasonal produce, identify pollinators, and learn about seed dispersal and composting.

Feeding our flock of sheep is always a highlight!
Feeding our flock of sheep is always a highlight!
Students are able to meet our flock of sheep and learn how wool is spun into yarn. Explanations of natural dyeing, carding, and spinning wool encourages students to consider where their clothing comes from. 

In addition to our educational ranch tours, we also offer a nutrition program titled "Lunch at the Ranch" which leads children into the garden to harvest fresh produce and then to our commercial kitchen to prepare an entire meal. This program is ideal for returning school groups in second grade and above.

For more information or to make a reservation please contact:

Leslie Jensen, Program Coordinator | (650) 712-3151 or LKJensen@ucanr.edu

Cancellation Policy

At Elkus Ranch we believe that there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. We do not cancel programs for weather related issues unless there is a safety concern. If you choose to cancel your program due to inclement weather (or any other reason) please let us know at least 48 hours in advance so that we may cancel the staffing for your program. You can call our office at (650) 712-3151 and leave a message or email us at elkusranch@ucanr.edu

If you decide to cancel, please keep in mind that we are rarely able to reschedule visits due to the popularity of our programs.