Western Heritage Program
The Western Heritage Program is a time for school children from around the area to come and learn local history and take part in activity put on by the program volunteers. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Our Western Heritage Educational Program at Brown Canyon Ranch sponsored by Friends of Brown Canyon Ranch (FBCR) is in its 6th year in 2014 and promises to be a thrilling one with involvement by more schools than ever before. Dates in September and October made available to county-wide schools have surpassed all expectations by already being almost entirely filled.
The classes will take place from 9:00 A.M. to noon most Wednesdays and Thursdays through, Oct. 31. The school students will also have opportunity to stay longer when available time-wise, bringing a sack lunch to enjoy eating together in a relaxed way under the majestic cottonwood trees or elsewhere in shaded areas. The class sessions will generally be in 4 major groupings of 40 minutes each comprised of two paired 20-minute sessions in related content areas. Thus all students will have a chance to experience a possibility of 7 or 8 mentor sessions of 20 minutes to motivate curiosity, interest, enrichment of knowledge and participation.
1. SCIENCE/NATURE: Science Outside - Wondrous nature observations at pond with eye, spotting scopes,& weather station / Science Inside - Amazing opportunity to view the microscopic world through state-of-the-art new microscope.
2. HISTORY/HISTORIC FOLK ARTS: Interesting anecdotes, facts, ownerships, tour of old historic house, use of Brown Canyon, adobe construction / Historic Folk arts when available such as quilting, crocheting, sewing, spinning.
3. RANCH SKILLS AND TRADITIONS: Skills of roping, branding, cowboy gear, opportunity for hands-on roping / Ranch songs, ranch & cowboy poetry, inviting creative writing and participation, ideas for themes for cowboy poetry.
4, CONSERVATION OF RESOURCES: Firewise Teaching - Forest Service staff & equipment with demonstration of gear, fire-fighting, prevention, careers, training, present and past major fires / Waterwise - Historical use of water, important need for conservation of water now and in the future.
Our Western Heritage Program at BCR is a team effort. We have always had great support and encouragement and participation from the Board and from the Forest Service. We have wonderful cooperation and common mission with The Western Heritage Program In the Schools sponsored by CCPMG. We have a remarkable pool of talented, caring, generous, knowledgeable volunteer mentors who are the heart, soul and core of our program. They come from Friends of Brown Canyon Ranch, Forest Service Staff, Western Heritage In the Schools Program (CCPMG) and from the community. Without our dedicated volunteer mentors, our program would collapse. Each of our mentors makes an important contribution and keeps our program vibrant, stimulating and strong!
The complete detailed schedule (always a work in progress subject to change) will be sent out hopefully by the end of August as soon as confirmation of most of the requested mentors nears completion.
Thank you for your interest, involvement, caring and support.
Teachers download the "how to" form here