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HOMESCHOOLING SERIES

Season 3 – Earth Science, California History, Physical Education, Environmental Studies, Animal Studies

The 2010 season reveals several changes to the curriculum in the Buzzard’s Roost Ranch Education Series. In addition to the Organic Gardening and Equestrian Riding Series, we have updated again with another concentration of studies.

Purpose and Goal: Students will achieve a better understanding and respect for the sensitive, challenging use, and care of all systems of the Northern California area – how they interact and affect each other.

Several themes will be incorporated into our 25 acre ranch setting in the Blue Mountains near Lake Berryessa. These programs (California history, geology, animals, herbs, reservoirs/dams/hydroelectric, organic farming and other) will give students a well-rounded, holistic approach to the earth, combining research and studies with practical applications and exploration.

Class sizes: limited to 10 students. At least one parent per five children. Three student minimum to hold the class.
Age range: 7-14; curriculum will be tailored to age.
All classes will meet on Wednesdays, minimum of two hours.
Classes begin on March 3, and each series runs four weeks.
First paid, first served. Credit cards and POs accepted.
PLEASE CALL FOR SPECIFIC DATES! Each class is two hours.

COURSES OFFERED

FIELD TRIPS
$80/day (10:00-4:00)
Lecture is a prerequisite to hikes; parents transport their own children; parental waivers needed
Lake Berryessa/Monticello Dam
Hoskins Ranch Conservancy/Pleasants Creek Restoration Project
Pleasants Valley area – organic walnuts & farming practices
Suisun Marsh/Wetlands

EQUINE RIDING SERIES

2-Hour minimum time frames
Care, grooming, handling, equipment, arena riding with lessons
Group Lessons: $70 (11:00am-1:00pm every 2nd Wednesday)
Private Lessons: $80 (11:00am-1:00pm Wednesdays by appointment)

EQUINE SCIENCE SERIES

2-3 Hours, $35/hour “classroom time”

History – size, evolution, use
Anatomy/Physiology – white stuff or red stuff?
Form to Function – musculature, skeletal
Feeding – teeth, grains, hays, forage
Allergies – ours and theirs!
Trauma – when to call the vet
Health – worming, vaccines, hoof care
Diseases – immunizations?
Pregnancy – estrus, gestation, miscarriage, birth
Foals – handling, care, weaning

LAKE BERRYESSA REGION

2-3 Hours, $30/hour “classroom time”

Monticello
“The Dam” – good or bad? Hydroelectric
Irrigation
Agriculture/Ecology
Agri-tourism
Ancient Dwellings

HOSKINS RANCH CONSERVANCY

2-3 Hours, $30/hour “classroom time”

Williamson Land Conservation Act
What is a Conservancy?
Herbs, Flora, Fauna, Wildlife
Agriculture

PLEASANTS VALLEY AREA

2-3 Hours, $30/hour “classroom time”

Agriculture
Wild or Naturalized?
Ecology/Eco-tourism
Native Americans
Pleasants Creek/Grinding Stones
Stagecoach and Wells Fargo

SUISUN MARSH WETLANDS PROJECT

2-3 Hours, $30/hour “classroom time”

Birds
Native Americans
Flora/Fauna
Volunteerism/Restoration
Tides and their effect
Grinding Stones