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  • 7th-12th Grade Opportunities

    To register or learn about available dates please click here or contact the Youth Development Manager, Maranda Duval, at mduval@hiddenvilla.org or 650-949-8606.

  • Farm & Wilderness Exploration

    Farm & Wilderness Exploration

    Farm & Wilderness Exploration
    Our most popular program takes youth on an interactive journey through our organic production farm and wilderness preserve. Visit our humanely-raised production animals, learn about our sustainable farming practices, and experience the wonders of the forest with a nature hike.

    Naturalist Adventure
    Explore Hidden Villa’s wilderness trails and discover the inspiration that our natural environment has to offer. Your group will be guided through ecosystems and activities designed to spark curiosity and critical thought. Youth will hike about 3 miles on trail.

    Wilderness Survival Skills
    No matter how technologically savvy one is, there are emergency situations in life where basic survival skills are needed to ensure safety and wellbeing. In this program, youth will learn and practice skills such as building a primitive shelter, making fire, using plants for food and medicine, and navigating with map and compass.

  • Environmental Science

    Environmental Science

    A Dynamic Web
    Discover the interconnected community of plants and animals that make their home at Hidden Villa. Engage in hands-on environmental science activities and explore ecological concepts such as adaptation, diversity, interdependence, and energy cycles. Program includes exciting field studies on our trails plus team-building initiatives.

    Uncovering Soil Ecology
    Healthy soil is the foundation for all life on earth, yet humans are changing the soil in ways never before seen through pollution, pesticides, irrigation, and climate change. Discover more about the complex ecosystem beneath our feet through hands-on soil sampling and a comparative survey of soils from Hidden Villa’s diverse landscapes. Practice creating compost and investigate the magic of nitrogen fixing.

    The Living Watershed
    The movement of water over and through the living ecosystem connects us to one another and to all living organisms within our watershed. On this fun and interactive day, we will study the quality and quantity of this precious liquid within the Adobe Creek watershed. We will examine the impacts of humans, drought, climate change, and other factors on the health of the stream and its riparian ecosystem. Students will develop analytical skills and practice problem-solving while actively reinforcing the scientific principles that they have studied in the classroom.

  • Leadership Development

    Leadership Development

    Team Building
    Develop teamwork, trust, cooperation, and communication through a variety of small-group initiatives. From warm-up games to complex team challenges, your group will discover strategies to overcome obstacles and accomplish common goals. This program will strengthen your team’s cohesion and help youth discover their leadership potential.

    High Ropes Challenge
    Foster self-confidence and create a lasting sense of accomplishment on Hidden Villa’s high ropes course. Youth will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone in a supportive environment. By navigating our exciting high ropes elements, youth will deepen their sense of trust and teamwork.

    Service-Based Learning
    Contribute to the future of Hidden Villa’s land and legacy with a valuable service learning project. Learn transferrable skills, cultivate a sense of stewardship, and positively impact your community. Projects range from helping in the agricultural fields to facility enhancements and wilderness trail maintenance. This program is designed to develop service-oriented young leaders.

  • Farm & Food

    Farm & Food

    Farm to Fork
    Student detectives investigate the origin of ingredients in a familiar recipe. From collecting eggs in the chicken coop, to gathering fruits and herbs in the Educational Garden, Hidden Villa takes cooking from scratch to new depths. After harvesting farm fresh ingredients, participants will work together to create a delicious, seasonal treat.

    Food Stories
    Behind each meal we eat is a story waiting to be uncovered. Represented in these stories are insights into our health, the future of our environment, food industry workers, and communities fighting for equity in food access. In this program youth witness a local model of sustainable agriculture and analyze the benefits and challenges of local food systems.

    Cesar Chavez Living History
    In 1965, a group of soon-to-be-notorious organizers met at Hidden Villa to plan the largest strike in California’s history. Step back in time and discover the historical events leading up to the Delano Grape Strike and the creation of the United Farm Workers union. Experience the daily struggles of a farm worker, participate in a lively debate on human rights, and study the tactics used by Cesar Chavez and other activists to demand change for a more just and sustainable future.

  • Program Fee Schedule

    The above programs have a fee schedule as follows:


    Farm & Wilderness Exploration
    Naturalist Adventure
    Wilderness Survival Skills
    A Dynamic Web
    Uncovering Soil Ecology
    The Living Watershed
    GROW
    Food Stories
    Cesar Chavez Living History

    $20/person for a half day and $30/person for a full day


    Farm to Fork

    $30/person for a half day (20 person max) or $40/person for a full day session (32 person max)


    High Ropes Challenge

    $30/person for a half day (20 person max) and $38/person for a full day session (32 person max)


    Service-Based Learning

    $12/person for a half day and $20/person for a full day session


    Program Add-ons
    Hostel Overnight - $20/night/person
    Camping Overnight - $12/night/person
    Chores - $5/person
    Evening Program or Night Hike - $10/person
    Pre-Visit to your classroom or organization - $100/visit

    Over-Capacity Fee
    Hidden Villa's program capacity is 32. Groups that exceed 32 students will be charged an additional $2 per person per program.

    Scholarships
    We do our best to accommodate all youth and have some scholarship capacity.
    Please contact us for more information:
    Maranda Duval, Youth Development Manager
    (650) 949-8606
    mduval@hiddenvilla.org

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