A class enjoys the gardens
A docent visits the classroom
To register for our programs or to arrange a private tour, please call 805-681-7216.
Rancho La Patera is offering a new educational program for third graders, “Pioneer Days.” Relating to state standards and test preparation, the program includes interactive lessons of life as it was in Central California in the early 1900’s. The program begins with an in-class introduction of “continuity and change.” This presentation emphasizes the life of pioneer children- the clothing they wore, their education, and the ranch chores. Students are given standard-driven workbooks with science, math, and language lessons pertaining to ranch life. At the conclusion of this two hour program, the students visit Rancho La Patera where they participate in various stations on the ranch. Stations include a tour of the historic Stow House, early lawn games, ranch tools, orchard science, and pioneer school lessons. Now in it's fourth year, the program is generously funded by Santa Barbara Foundation and the Goleta Union School District. Participation is limited.
Student tours relate to California State Standards for third graders and emphasize the theme of “Continuity and Change.” Through the story of the Stow Family, students appreciate the local significance of political, agricultural and social contributions to California history. Stow House, established in 1873, is on the National Registry of Historic Places. This designation complements California citizenship and history standards.
Boy Scout, Girl Scout, 4H, Boys and Girls Club, and many youth organizations visit Rancho La Patera. Tours fulfill many rank advancement requirements. In addition to the tour of the Stow House extra activities, such as making lemonade, can be incorporated into a visit.
Exploring local history in a historic home brings many community groups to Rancho La Patera. Tours of Stow House can be tailored to meet various interests. Light refreshments or meals may be arranged.
Members of Goleta Valley Historical Society are available to visit classrooms and community organizations. Presentations include local history, the Stow Family, or topics relating to the current exhibition.