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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Forest Playgroup
10:00 am - 11:30 am

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For Families with toddlers and preschoolers

Come for some exploration and fun at Hidden Villa's forest. We provide plenty of time for kids to follow their own agendas and curiosity while our experienced mentors gently facilitate intentional experiences with the outdoor world. We will go nice and slow, to make sure we have time to look at and learn about;rocks, bugs, birds, scat -- all the amazing things of nature. Join us for an unforgettable morning in the forest that incorporates learning, social development, and community building into the life of your little one. Ages 3-5 + adult.

Pricing:
  • 15.00 Adult and First Child
  • 5.00 Subsequent Person


We're sorry...there's no longer space in this program...please see if there are other dates open!

Fruit Tree Pruning
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Adult class

Join Tom Cronin, of Tom's Edible Gardens and learn once and for all how to take care of your fruit trees! It's not a mystery... you can both improve your tree's  health and maximize delicious yield with this basic knowledge. Come learn by doing, working on the fruit trees in our Educational Garden, doing hands-on pruning with teacher Tom. Class will cover :

** Fruit tree pruning Objectives ** General pruning Techniques

** Fruit tree pruning Characteristics ** Best pruning Tools 

Now is the Season to Prune! 

 

“Tom has been pruning our fruiting trees for several years now. These include espalier apple trees, a fig tree, an apricot tree and several citrus trees. I’ve been really impressed by his skill in shaping these trees so they are extremely productive and balanced aesthetically. He’s always great about contacting us about when it’s the right season to prune the various trees. We’ve been literally enjoying the fruits of his labors!"

 Learn more about teacher Tom Cronin at: www.tomsediblegardens.com

Pricing:
  • 25.00 Person


AFTERNOON FARM TOUR
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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All ages.
Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villas farm and educational garden. Under 2 years old, free of charge. 

Every time you participate in our tours and programs, you are directly helping steward this land and heritage farm for the community -- thank you!

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


Sunday, February 07, 2016

MORNING FARM TOUR
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villa's farm and educational garden. Under 2 years old, free of charge.

Thank you for your support of the farm - all tours and program proceeds help us feed our farm and community!

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


AFTERNOON FARM TOUR
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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All ages.
Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villas farm and educational garden. Under 2 years old, free of charge. 

Every time you participate in our tours and programs, you are directly helping steward this land and heritage farm for the community -- thank you!

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


Afternoon Cow Wow
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Ages 5 and up. Come help us milk Vida the Cow! Learn fun cow facts while you help feed and care for our dairy queen. In the milking parlor, you will work with a trained professional and practice proper hand milking techniques. Then we will measure how much milk is produced, then filter the milk and prepare it for storage. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Only paid registrants enter our very small milk house - this is a very hands-on experience!

Pricing:
  • 25.00 Person


Friday, February 12, 2016

WILDLife of the Bay Area
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Best for ages 6 up and adults
Touch an owl! Sniff a skunk! Respect a rattlesnake! Join lead Hidden Villa Naturalist, Garth Harwood, at the hearthside for a fascinating evening featuring local wildlife both big and small. Questions answered, myths debunked, and true stories shared. You may not choose to spend time around cougars, snakes and coyotes, but you may like to know more about them - and what to do if you DO find yourself among them! No live animals present, but plenty of cool things to investigate, then treat yourself to warm cocoa and cookies. Garth Harwood, Hidden Villa's Director of Education, has been investigating Bay Area wildlife from the age of two onward, spending every spare moment in nature study when he is not leading school groups or conducting staff or volunteer trainings. He was voted Northern California Environmental Educator of the Year in 2011 and recently (November 2014) achieved certification as a Level III Wildlife Tracker by CyberTracker International.

Pricing:
  • 15.00 Person


Saturday, February 13, 2016

MORNING FARM TOUR!
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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All ages.
Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villa's farm and educational garden. Under 2 years old, free of charge.

Thank you for your support of the farm - all tours and program proceeds help us feed our farm and community!

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


AFTERNOON FARM TOUR!
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

HV Photo

All ages. Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villas farm and educational garden.  Under 2 years old, free of charge.

Every time you participate in our tours and programs, you are directly helping steward this land and heritage farm for the community -- thank you!

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


Sunday, February 14, 2016

MORNING Farm Tour
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villa's farm and educational garden.

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


AFTERNOON FARM TOUR
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

HV Photo

All ages.
Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villas farm and educational garden. Under 2 years old, free of charge. 

Every time you participate in our tours and programs, you are directly helping steward this land and heritage farm for the community -- thank you!

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


Afternoon Cow Wow
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Ages 5 and up. Come help us milk Vida the Cow! Learn fun cow facts while you help feed and care for our dairy queen. In the milking parlor, you will work with a trained professional and practice proper hand milking techniques. Then we will measure how much milk is produced, then filter the milk and prepare it for storage. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Only paid registrants enter our very small milk house - this is a very hands-on experience!

Pricing:
  • 25.00 Person


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

EXPLORERS Programs
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Our Explorers programs are special opportunities for students 6 to 11 years old to come and spend time at Hidden Villa. Children will spend the day caring for farm animals, gaining gardening skills, and cultivating their inner nature lover. Through hikes, games, crafts, and music, they will learn about themselves, the environment, safety awareness, and teamwork.

Program dates are: 

November 11 (Veteran's Day)

January 13, 20, 27, and February 3 (Great for homeschool families)

February 16th - 19th (Many schools' President's Holiday Week)

For more details and registration go to: http://www.hiddenvilla.org/programs/prek6/explorers-programs

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Toddlers on the Farm Series
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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3-Part Series Class (three weeks in a row, same time and place), ages 1.5 to 3.5 and parents/caregivers. Bury your hands in sheep wool, throw corn to the chickens, and more. A wonderful way to introduce your little one to our gentle farm animals. Offered rain or shine - be prepared to get dirty! Space is limited so register early. NOTE: No charge for siblings under 18 months old.

We play three weeks in a row! The dates for this class are Feb. 18, Feb. 25, and March 3.

Pricing:
  • 65.00 Adult and First Child
  • 30.00 Subsequent Person


After-School Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Serving Youth in Grades 8-12

Thursdays 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

You are invited to train with Hidden Villa’s experienced farm crew to learn sustainable and humane techniques of raising hens & pullets, goats & kids, sows & piglets, sheep & lambs, and jersey cows during the lively season of birthing. After an introduction to each of our production animals during the first two weeks, apprentices will then team up to master the care of your favorite animals. 

375/session  (Scholarships Available)

Winter Session: 6 Weeks February 18 – March 24

Spring Session: 6 Weeks April 7 – May 12

For further information please contact apprentice@hiddenvilla.org

Friday, February 19, 2016

Preschoolers on the Farm Series
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Bury your hands in sheep wool, throw corn to the chickens, and more! There's lots to discover on the farm... we ask your child the questions and they discover the answers in this fun weekly class just for the preschool set. Offered rain or shine, so be prepared to get dirty! Space limited so please register early. This is a 3-Part Series Class for ages 1.5 to 3.5 and parents/caregivers. NOTE: No charge for siblings under 18 months old.

We play three weeks in a row! The dates for this class are Feb. 19, Feb. 26, and March 4.

Pricing:
  • 65.00 Adult and First Child
  • 30.00 Subsequent Person


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Backyard Beekeeping 101: Intro to Backyard Beekeeping
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Have you ever wondered what it would take to keep honeybees in your own backyard? It's probably a lot easier than you think! This class will give an overview of the time, space, cost and equipment needed to start up your own backyard beehive. In this brief introduction to beekeeping, you'll learn the basics of honeybee biology and behavior, how to care for your bees, the benefits of keeping bees, as well as how to harvest honey, wax and other products. You'll also learn about local associations and other sources of information. This is an excellent class for those who would like to learn more about bees in general or who are considering starting up their own backyard hive. This class is the first in the 5-part Backyard Beekeeping Series. You can take this class with or without the rest of the series. If you book the rest of the series, receive a 10% discount on the course fees! This class may be a little larger because it is not hands-on and not everyone stays for the rest of the series. The rest of the series will be limited to 12 students so that everyone gets a chance to interact and ask questions. Students enrolled in the entire series will receive regular email updates about with tips and what they should be observing from their beehives. Contact the instructor any time if you have questions!

Pricing:
  • 35.00 Person


Spring Peas: From Seed to table and to Share
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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For gardeners, families 

Come learn all about growing easy, delicious Heirloom Green Arrow Peas, the 2016 Silicon Valley Grows! One Seed, One Community selection. We will cover the basics of seed sowing, growing and "saving" after harvest. We'll have a special giveaway of these heritage Green Arrow Pea seeds for attendees to take home and grow: If you are successful growing them, save some seed for next season and to share with your neighbors. Plant some pea seeds now and

1. you'll be eating fresh tasty peas in weeks

2. you'll put beneficial nitrogen into your garden soil and

3. Saving and sharing Heirloom seeds will keep these varieties in our gardens and generate truly local seeds that do better and better every year for you.  Local food begins with local seeds! 

This is a drop in program, no fee. Just come by the Wolken Education Center.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Mushroom Hike
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Ages 10 and up.
Learn to identify and appreciate the strange and wonderful mushrooms in our Hidden Villa woods. A naturalist guide from the Mycological Society of San Francisco discusses both edible and poisonous varieties. Hikes are leisurely. No collecting please, cameras are encouraged. Space limited -- register early!

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


Afternoon Cow Wow
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Ages 5 and up. Come help us milk Vida the Cow! Learn fun cow facts while you help feed and care for our dairy queen. In the milking parlor, you will work with a trained professional and practice proper hand milking techniques. Then we will measure how much milk is produced, then filter the milk and prepare it for storage. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Only paid registrants enter our very small milk house - this is a very hands-on experience!

Pricing:
  • 25.00 Person


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Blacksmithing Class
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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For adults, ages 16 and up

Come and learn blacksmithing in Frank Duveneck’s old shop! We’ll start with the basics of safety and fire management, and then progress to learning the first few fundamental techniques:  tapering, fullering, cutting/punching, bending and twisting. Each student will create an useful item that to take home. Please note that physical strenght and stamina are required: you will be swinging a hammer for 3 hours!.

Pricing:
  • 65.00 Person


Afternoon Cow Wow
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

HV Photo

Ages 5 and up. Come help us milk Vida the Cow! Learn fun cow facts while you help feed and care for our dairy queen. In the milking parlor, you will work with a trained professional and practice proper hand milking techniques. Then we will measure how much milk is produced, then filter the milk and prepare it for storage. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Only paid registrants enter our very small milk house - this is a very hands-on experience!

Pricing:
  • 25.00 Person


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Pricing
Rates stated as "per person" apply to both adults and children. Unless otherwise noted in program description, child rates apply to ages 2-12 and children UNDER 2 are free. Senior rate applies to ages 60 and up. Must present valid student identification to receive student discount. Limited Income option is for those who cannot otherwise afford to register. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for any of our programs, send a request to: communityprograms@hiddenvilla.org.

Cancellation
Full refund 30 days before event. 50% refund if requested 8 days or more before the event. No refunds 7 days or less prior to the event.